Facebook Black Scam – “Facebook Black Add it today” Scam
One of most common scams on Facebook is the change your Facebook black scam. The Facebook black scam is essentially a tag-jacking and survey scam, that may either hijack a Facebook account and post spam content, including the Facebook black scam with a large amount friends tagged to the post, or make it’s victims participate in an unnecessary and unethical survey. The Facebook black scam is also associated with malware. Many victims of the Facebook black scam have reported symptoms of a malware infection following the Facebook scam.
The change your Facebook black scam has been circulating on Facebook since 2012 and mostly targets intrigued Facebook users who believe that they can change their Facebook theme color from blue to black. A similar Facebook color scam is the Facebook Red scam.
The Facebook black scam falls into play when a Facebook user clicks a wall post that contains a link stating that they can change the color of their Facebook theme from blue to black. The wall posts and links frequently contain the words Add it today or Get the new Facebook Black, with links to unethical websites used to initiate the rest of the scam.
After clicking the Facebook black wall post, the Facebook user is then most likely directed to a blogspot website that claims they can change their Facebook color to any color they want. The user is persuaded to click a button that says Change Your Color, in order to 1. hijack the used Facebook account or 2. Install malware to the computer system.
The Facebook black victim may also be directed to an unethical survey. The distributors of the Facebook black scam may get paid each time an individual completes a survey by third-parties. They may also share or sell the information submitted into these surveys, or use the unethical Facebook surveys to spread malware.
Please note, your Facebook theme color will not change from blue to black.
How to deal with the Facebook Black scam
- If you have noticed a friend’s account posting about Facebook Black in your news feed, do not click any links. Your Facebook friend may have been tricked into believing the Facebook black scam is legitimate, or their Facebook account may have become compromised without their consent. It is common courtesy to let your friend(s) know about it by leaving a comment on the Facebook Black post but please be kind to those who have fallen for the Facebook black scam.
- If you have fallen for the Facebook black scam, it is important to change your Facebook account password and let your Facebook friends know in order to stop this scam and additional malware from spreading. You can even change your Facebook email account used to login. A recommendation is to publish a post to your friends on your Facebook account, notifying them your account may have been compromised and not to click any suspicious links that your account may post.
- If you suspect your computer is infected with malware associated to the Facebook black scam, perform a full system scan using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.