Facebook scam that tricks you into being hacked

August 1st 2014

A Facebook scam that promises the ability to hack into anybody else's account results in your own page being hacked.

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The scam guarantees access to any Facebook account through a hack in “three simple steps”: opening up your Facebook in a web browser and go to the Facebook page of the person you want to hack – right-clicking anywhere on the page and selecting “Inspect Element” from the popup menu – and pasting a string of code into an HTML editor at the bottom half of your browser.

This HTML code grants the scammers access to your own account.

Facebook has warned users before not to paste any strange code into browsers, but have yet to announce a fix.

Once the fraudsters are in control of your account, they can use it to post more of these fake instructions, or launch even more scams. They may also have access to your email and password, so if you use the same login credentials at any other service you'll want to change them immediately.

If you spot this kind of scam, you should report it by clicking the arrow in the upper-right corner of the post and selecting "This is Spam." If you have fallen victim to this scam, you should contact Facebook immediately and consider changing your password and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or on their online reporting tool at

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