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Warning! Look out for this Facebook "YouTube" video scam

Warning! Look out for this Facebook "YouTube" video scam
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Can you believe Facebook has been around for over a decade? It's true, the social media giant was founded in February 2004. The site is so popular, it has nearly 2 billion active monthly users worldwide. Wow!

With that many active users, the site is bound to be a major target for cybercriminals. You probably guessed it, there is another scam making the rounds on Facebook that you have to know about.

How the latest Facebook scam works

Facebook users are receiving messages that appear to be from one of their friends. In the message, the "friend" says that there is a video of you on YouTube that has gotten a huge number of views. They also provide you with a link that you can click on to watch the video.

Warning! This message is an elaborate phishing scam.

In fact, there really isn't a video at all. The link is malicious and if you click on it, you will end up on a fake website.

The fraudulent site actually looks like a Facebook login page and claims that you must re-enter your credentials to view the video. That's how the scammers get you.

If you give scammers your username and password, they can take over your account and use it for malicious activity. People on your list of friends will start receiving these types of scams from YOU.

The fraudsters could end up turning this scam into a more serious threat as well. Instead of just stealing your credentials, they could turn the malicious video link into any number of attacks, for example, ransomware.

These types of phishing scams are a popular tool for cybercriminals. You really need to be able to spot a phishing attack so that you can avoid falling victim to one.

How to spot a phishing attack

  • Be cautious with links - If you get an email or message that you find suspicious, don't click on its links. It's better to type the website's address directly into a browser than clicking on a link. Before you ever click on a link, hover over it with your mouse to see where it is going to take you. If the destination isn't what the link claims, do not click on it. Click here to take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.
  • Do an online search - If you receive a notification that seems shady, you should do an online search on the topic. If it's a scam, there are probably people online talking about it and you can find more information. In this instance, you could search "Facebook YouTube scam" and see that it is a hoax.
  • Watch for typos - Phishing scams are infamous for having typos. If you receive an email or notification from a reputable company, it should not contain typos.
  • Use multi-level authentication - When available, you should be using multi-level authentication. This is when you have at least two forms of verification, such as a password and a security question before you log into any sensitive accounts.
  • Have strong security software - Having strong protection on your family's gadgets is very important. The best defense against digital threats is strong security software.

Now that you know how to spot a phishing attack, you are well prepared to avoid the latest scam on Facebook. If you ever find out that you have fallen victim to one of these attacks, make sure to let everyone on your friend list know. That way they will know not to click on any suspicious messages that come from your account.

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