A new scam uses direct messages on Twitter to tease potential victimswith a link to an embarrassing Facebook video. Try to view the clip andyou'll download a virus.
You receive a Twitter directmessage that seems to be alerting you to a video of yourself posted onFacebook. Senders try to grab your attention by implying that the videois embarrassing.
The message contains a link that appears to go to aFacebook.com address. But users who click on it are greeted with whatappears to be a video player and a warning message that "An update to Youtubeplayer is needed." The message says it will install an update to FlashPlayer 10.1 but the file that downloads isn't a new version of Flash.
What to do if you think you've encountered a scammer.
- If another Twitteruser is sending you links to malware or other spam, report them to Twitter.
- If you notice thatyour account is being used to send spam messages, your account has likely beenhacked. Follow Twitter's instruction to reset your password and revokeconnections to third-party applications.
- For tips on how youcan avoid phishing scams and prevent your account from being hacked, seeTwitter's "Safe Tweeting" help page.
- Always check theBBB's scam directory at www.bbb.org.