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<p>I went to sign in to facebook and I got a message that my account has been disabled. I have no idea why? Has this ever happened to anyone? I only use it to keep in touch with old friends and family members. I have about 45 friends and maybe joined about 4-5 interest groups and/or pages. I don't post a lot. I send a private message on there every now and then. And that is it.</p>
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<p>Anyone else ever have this happen to them or know of anyone this has happened to? I mean there was no warning or anything and I'm confused.</p>
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<p>tia!</p>
 

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<p>Ok... so when I click on their link to find out more, apparently I am not really me because it says "Disabled - Inauthentic Account" with information about how fb is for interacting with real people, no fake names allowed, etc... There's also a link to a form for me to put in various personal information and to upload a copy of my government-issued id so that they can re-evaluate my status. HUH? Are they freakin' kidding? It's facebook for crying out loud! I have a feeling that this must be some random check.</p>
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<p>Although, I did, however, use my maiden name in place of my middle name so that people from high school/grade school/college could find me... but almost everyone(married female) I know does that. Perhaps it's not allowed, but isn't the purpose of fb to reconnect and keep in touch with old friends? How can old friends find me with my married name and how can I find them with their married names? hmmm.... Not sure I want to go through the hassle.... wwyd?</p>
 

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<p>I would email them before you do anything because that sounds kind of fishy.</p>
 

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Sounds like an email scam to me. Have you tried going directly to FB and trying to log in? Dont click on the links in the email.
 
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<p>Scam. Don't input any information at all. </p>
 

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<p>They do have a policy of "no fake names" but my understanding is that is during registration..(A friend of mine's daughter went to sign up and her name is Blue Ocean *lastname* and they wouldn't let her sign up, so she changed it to "Bloo" and they took it.<br><br>
I'd contact facebook directly. I don't think they would need or request a photo ID...</p>
 

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<p>this totally sounds like a identity theft/phishing scam.  definitely don't input any personal information anywhere!!!! </p>
 
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<p>Ok, this is WAY weird because this just happened to a friend of mine.  She ended up calling them and they can't really answer her questions or tell her when -or IF- it will be reactivated. </p>
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<p>How bizarre.</p>
 

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<p>I have heard of this.  It may not be a scam.  Facebook really are vigilant about having authentic names and they are really invasive about it.  They have indeed asked for faxes of govt issued id, although I have heard of them taking someones work id as proof.  Facebook collects a lot of information about people, and although I don't think they actively use it yet, they think of it as their "crown jewels". </p>
 

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<p>nak</p>
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<p><a href="http://719tech.com/2010/11/facebook-female-users-being-told-accounts-are-disabled-a-hack-the-cause/" target="_blank">http://719tech.com/2010/11/facebook-female-users-being-told-accounts-are-disabled-a-hack-the-cause/</a></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Oceanone</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279761/oh-no-my-facebook-account-has-been-disabled-for-no-apparent-reason#post_16050518"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have heard of this.  It may not be a scam.  Facebook really are vigilant about having authentic names and they are really invasive about it.  They have indeed asked for faxes of govt issued id, although I have heard of them taking someones work id as proof.  Facebook collects a lot of information about people, and although I don't think they actively use it yet, they think of it as their "crown jewels". </p>
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<br><br><p>That and I would be inclined to send them an ID with everything blacked out stating that for security reasons I have blacked out all information I consider to be of a sensitive nature.</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Oceanone</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279761/oh-no-my-facebook-account-has-been-disabled-for-no-apparent-reason#post_16050518"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><br>
I have heard of this.  It may not be a scam.  Facebook really are vigilant about having authentic names and they are really invasive about it.  They have indeed asked for faxes of govt issued id, although I have heard of them taking someones work id as proof.  Facebook collects a lot of information about people, and although I don't think they actively use it yet, they think of it as their "crown jewels". </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279761/oh-no-my-facebook-account-has-been-disabled-for-no-apparent-reason#post_16050599"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><p>That and I would be inclined to send them an ID with everything blacked out stating that for security reasons I have blacked out all information I consider to be of a sensitive nature.</p>
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As soon as I read it I was going to post a very similar reply to those above.<br><br>
Facebook has been using phone numbers to authenticate and there are lots of stories online (true or not, I cannot confirm) about just this issue. Facebook LOVES having your information. They know everything you like, your email address, phone number, where you went to school, where you work and who all your friends are. MyLife (formerly "Reunion.com") is a great example of what can happen as a result of the blind trust of a social networking site.<br><br>
<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/biztech/banned-for-keeps-on-facebook-for-odd-name/2008/09/25/1222217399252.html" target="_blank">http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/biztech/banned-for-keeps-on-facebook-for-odd-name/2008/09/25/1222217399252.html</a><br><br>
 

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<p>I have a facebook account, but they have almost no information about me... It's pretty much just my name, birthday and the fact that I'm married and gay.</p>
 

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<p>Um, maybe it comes from knowing a Jack Frost and a woman named Lady, but how do those names sound fake?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279761/oh-no-my-facebook-account-has-been-disabled-for-no-apparent-reason#post_16050681"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><br>
I have a facebook account, but they have almost no information about me... It's pretty much just my name, birthday and the fact that I'm married and gay.</p>
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Same here (well, not <i>exactly</i> the same <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif">) but far too many people are either completely trusting or have no cares whatsoever about their privacy. Either way ... it's up to the individual what they share. If Facebook locked down my account and said I had to give them my phone number for verification, I'd happily lose my account.
 

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<p>I know they like real names, but I have a former colleague named "Pink Barracuda" on FB that keeps trying to friend me.  It took me a while to figure out who it was, and I was annoyed that she did not give her real name.  Wonder how she is able to get around the real name requirement?</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the replies and links... they were very helpful. I am just going to take a wait and see approach. It sounds like, for whatever reasons, this has happened to many people/women today. Hopefully facebook will make a statement about its legitimacy soon. Fortunately I do not have much personal info on there, no mention of or pictures of kiddos, etc.... I hope my friends don't think I de-friended them. And FWIW, my first, maiden, and last names are all very common - think jane smith doe... you get the idea! :)</p>
 

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<p>OK... here it is.......</p>
<p><a href="http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/16/facebook-confirms-account-disabling-bug-claims-issue-is-resolved/" target="_blank">http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/16/facebook-confirms-account-disabling-bug-claims-issue-is-resolved/</a></p>
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<p>I am not resolved yet, but hopefully soon! I'll keep you posted....</p>
 
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