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Watch out for Facebook scams hidden in comments

Watch out for Facebook scams hidden in comments
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There are so many Facebook scams these days they’re not even restricted to Facebook. Now you have to be on the lookout for scams on other sites, too. There's a new trend of scams popping up in embedded Facebook comments.

We use embedded Facebook comments here at Komando.com, and we'll tell you right now: If you see a get-rich-quick sort of comment with a link - especially a shortened link - DON'T click on the link. We comb our comments every day to remove scam spam like that.

But there's a new trend in embedded Facebook comment scams, according to the security company Symantec. It points to sites like ESPN, the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, where scammers have been placing supposed links to free new movies.

What you're going to get is not a free sneak peek at a hot new film like "Jurassic World." You're going to get adware, spyware or ransomware.

Here's an example Symantec provided of free movies being offered in the comments of a BuzzFeed story:

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If you click one of those links, you'll regret it. According to Symantec, more than 5,000 people clicked a link to watch "Ant-Man," but instead, when they tried to play the video, were redirected to a site called AdCash. This in turn led to a technical support scam, like the one seen in this image from Symantec:

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One trick Symantec observed the scammers using is to not post the malware link in the comment right away, but to let an innocuous comment sit for five to 10 minutes, then edit in the nasty links. They do this so that automated spam filters don't scrub them immediately.

The scammers are also posting using fake Facebook accounts and pages. Keep your eyes peeled for suspicious-looking Facebook accounts.

Most of all, keep your eyes open, period. You're not going to find free, too-good-to-be-true stuff on Facebook. Though you can win great prizes in Komando.com's contests.

If you do get infected by a scam like this, DON'T call the number they give you. They're after your money. Symantec suggests you protect yourself by running reputable security software.

For the latest news on scams, hacks and malware, keep checking back to our Happening Now page.

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Source: Symantec
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