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Facebook ‘fake friend’ phishing scam uncovered - watch for these red flags

If you accessed your Facebook account and encountered this message while using an Android device or an iPhone or iPad, you shouldn't be impacted. These devices shouldn't run the extension that is used in this scam.

PCs, Macs and other Windows devices, however, can be targeted. Basically, anything that can run Google Chrome extensions.

Facebook says the scam has been mitigated and techniques used to spread malware are being blocked, however, unopened messages could still be out there.

If you see one of these messages, do not click the included link and delete the message immediately. If you think your computer has been infected log out of Facebook and close your browser. Next, disconnect the network cable from your computer. Once that is done you need to run a full antivirus scan.

 

How To Report A Suspected Scam

If you believe you've been targeted by a scammer, you should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). To do this, use the FTC's complaint assistant and choose the appropriate category. In this case, the category would be "Internet Services, Online Shopping, or Computers."

Psst...  Don't be fooled by phishing scams. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.

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