In recent weeks, the Facebook copyright infringement Cyber threat scam has taken a more sinister turn, leaving users locked out of their accounts and struggling to regain access. This alarming trend has seen a surge in victims falling prey to this deceptive scheme, resulting in a range of detrimental consequences, from stolen credentials to credit card fraud and the loss of precious memories.

In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of this growing issue and provide you with crucial tips to protect yourself from this convincing scam.


The Growing Cyber Threat Trend

The Facebook copyright infringement scam, first exposed by Cybernews and described by Avanan in January, has been making headlines throughout 2023. However, the scale of the scam has intensified in recent weeks, with numerous users recounting their harrowing experiences.

Victims reported their accounts being renamed to “Meta Copyright Infringement” and, in some cases, being disabled. The consequences have been devastating, including credit card fraud, suspended business accounts, and the loss of cherished photos shared over the years.

Victims of this scam have expressed their frustrations with the recovery process, citing a lack of communication from Facebook. Some users shared their stories of desperation, like one individual who said, “I’ve had this account for 16 years and it’s linked to all my business accounts, and I cannot use anything

. When putting in an appeal using the form, it immediately says I cannot review.” Another user shared their anguish, saying, “I have deceased family members and thousands of photos and memories I don’t want to lose…Emailed countless Facebook support emails and I haven’t heard anything back! Very frustrating.”


Meta’s Silence

Despite repeated requests for comment, Meta, the company that owns Facebook, has not provided any public statements or explanations regarding the ongoing scam. This silence has only added to the frustration and helplessness felt by victims.

Joe Karasin, the head of the Karasin PPC digital marketing company, cautions that there may be little Facebook can do to recover lost data. “If you fall victim to the scam, you can go through the account recovery process, however, any data you gave to the scammers or your photos might be lost forever,” Karasin warned. In cases involving financial damage, swift action is crucial.

Victims are advised to contact their bank immediately if their credit or debit card information has been exposed.


Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Threat Scams

To safeguard yourself from falling prey to this type of scam, remember that Facebook will never send direct messages to personal accounts, especially for copyright issues. Such notifications will appear in your notifications, not in Messenger or your email. Additionally, never click on links in messages from unfamiliar senders.

Gary Huestis of Powerhouse Forensics suggests reporting compromised accounts at Be vigilant by checking your Facebook messages and posts for any suspicious activity, such as messages sent to your friends or unauthorized content posted under your name.

To minimize the risk of becoming a victim, enable login alerts and two-factor authentication in your Facebook Security Settings. Always exercise caution when responding to emails or messages that request your password or sensitive security information.

This Facebook copyright infringement scam primarily targets organization accounts. Victims receive fake copyright infringement notices threatening to suspend or terminate their pages due to alleged violations of Facebook’s Community Standards.

The notices insist that an appeal must be made within 24 hours, adding pressure to take immediate action. The provided link appears legitimate but ultimately leads to a credential-harvesting website.

Researchers have pointed out that while the sender’s address may be visibly fake, the spoof notice is otherwise “fairly believable.”



The Facebook copyright infringement scam is on the rise, and users must remain vigilant to protect their accounts and data. Understanding the warning signs, being cautious with links and messages, and enabling security features can help you steer clear of this convincing and damaging scam. Stay safe and informed in the digital realm to avoid falling victim to such threats.

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