Watch Out for This New Facebook Scam on the Rise in Texas
Facebook users in Texas are being warned against a new scam that is on the rise that tricks you into downloading malware.
You might think that you're too smart to be fooled by a Facebook scam. Some of them are easy to spot; unfortunately this new one on the rise plays into your emotions!
To begin with, it starts off with a post that says something along the lines of "I can't believe you're gone. R.I.P" followed by a link that looks legit.
According to the Daily Mail, if you click on the link it will lead you to another Facebook post showing what appears to be a BBC news article about a fatal road accident.
What follows is a series of links and redirects that cybersecurity experts say are designed to perform "fingerprinting"; where sites gather information about your browser, location and other sites you've visited so they can redirect you to a site most likely to generate profit from you. In the end, you'll be brought to a site filled with popups; those lead to fraudulent sites, malware downloads and unwanted programs.
It's a real pain in the butt; and if you think you know better, then you should share this warning to those you know are more vulnerable to Facebook scams; like your older relatives.
How to Avoid Facebook Scams
- First and foremost, if you see a post containing alarming news, reach out to the person making the post rather than following the link. Sometimes the person might not know they've been hacked!
- Carefully inspect the URL, if it doesn't seem right don't click on it.
- If you can, further research the post yourself before clicking on any links!
- Regularly update your privacy settings to control who can see your information.
If you have already clicked on a suspicious link, the first thing you should do is close out the website! Followed by running a virus scan and updating your privacy and security settings.
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