A new Facebook scam claims that “Friend Request Facebook Ban Warning” in order to lure users and trick them into spamming their friends.
Heres’s an screen-shot of a message that is being seen spreading virally on Facebook.
Friend Request Facebook Ban Warning Message:
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ: Nice people are getting banned from facebook and it could happen to you, too – the reason is because when you get a friend request, if you click the “not now” button, you will automatically recieve a request from Facebook saying, “Do you know this person?”
if you click no, that person will automatically be suspended from group chats, blocked from sending friend requests, and other nasty things for 7-30 days, and if it happens enough – permanently.
So please.. if you get an unwanted friend request, just ignore it. If you accidentally click the “not now” button, then ignore the request from facebook asking if you know them – do not respond to it. Please pass this around so we can protect our friends (and ourselves!).
Scam Type: Scam message
Trending: March 2012
It is true that Facebook users can be temporarily blocked from sending further friend requests if requests they have sent have been marked as unwelcome or gone unanswered. However, this warning message is nevertheless misleading and inaccurate. Blocks are generally temporary and only stop people from sending friend requests and messages until the block is lifted.
If you have been blocked by Facebook and you want to avoid such incidents you can check out the guidelines released by the company for such situations.
If you’ve been hit by a scam like this, remove the messages and likes from your Facebook page – and warn your friends not to click on the offending links.