August 28, 2013 Leave a comment Don't fall for this tricky Facebook scam By Komando Staff Hackers and scammers never sleep. They're always looking for new ways to trick you and take your information and money. Unfortunately, Facebook is one of their favorite targets. I've warned you in the past about common Facebook scams to avoid.Well, there's a new Facebook scam making the rounds. So far it's tricked an estimated 800,000 users, and it's still spreading like crazy. -advertisement- Here's how it works:A post might show up in your news feed or perhaps you'll get an email or Facebook message. It indicates that a Facebook friend has tagged you in a video and give you a link to watch the video. That sounds fairly normal so far.However, when you click on the link you'll see a message warning that you need a browser plug-in or extension to watch the video. Watch out! This is where things get bad.Once installed, the extension sends your email and social media account usernames and passwords back to the hackers. They can then go through your accounts looking for sensitive information.They also use your accounts to send the same fake message to your friends. That's how the virus keeps spreading.As always, you need to be on your guard and follow the rules for spotting phishing scams.My rules for avoiding online scams, identity thieves and hackersDon't click on links or download attachments in email from people you don't know.Don't click on links or download attachments in email from people you DO know if it looks fishy (or phishy in this case). It's best to verify with the person who sent it.Don't click on links in Facebook that look out of character for the person posting them - or that promise something out of character for Facebook.Don't click on links or download attachments in email from companies, even ones you do business with. Visit the company's site manually or give them a call to confirm the email.Don't install programs or browser extensions from unsolicited email, Facebook or Twitter links. If you must, go find the program or extension's official website and download it from there.Don't visit shady websites. Especially don't give them personal information or download files from them.There are hundreds of scams out there right now. Here are three you need to know how to spot.The Internet is a great place to find a job. Just don't fall for any of these popular job scams.Looking for love? You won't find it with scammers. Learn how to detect a sweetheart scam.The new health care system is confusing a lot of people. Find out how scammers are taking advantage. Continued on next page12Next View All Leave a comment Previous Tips 3 best sites to make money doing odd jobs and tasks Next Tips Buy the perfect HDTV Related Articles One critical thing to know before you click 'like' on Facebook How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook - and block them Use one app to send and receive messages from all your accounts 5 MORE Android apps that will make you say 'WOW!'