BBB: Scammers Taunt Twitter Users With Fake Facebook Video

BBB: Scammers Taunt Twitter Users With Fake Facebook Video

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM EDT

(BBB news release) Twitter users, don't fall for this.

According to a news release from the Better Business Bureau:

A new scam uses direct messages to tease potential victims with a link to an embarrassing Facebook video. Try to view the clip, and you'll get a virus instead.

How the Scam Works:

You receive a Twitter direct message that seems to be alerting you to a video of yourself posted on Facebook. Senders try to grab your attention by implying that the video is embarrassing. Variations of the message include:

    rofl they was taping you
    how did you not see them taping u
    whatt are you doing in this fb vid ?
    what on earth you're doing on this movie
    O M G your in this
    what on earth could you be doing in our vid

The message contains a link that appears to go to a Facebook.com address. But users who click on it are greeted with what appears to be a video player and a warning message that "An update to Youtube player is needed." The message says it will install an update to Flash Player 10.1, but the file that downloads isn't a new version of Flash. It's a virus.

Read the entire BBB news release HERE.

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