Facebook Messenger Video Scam
Facebook Messenger Video Scam: How It Works
The number of Facebook users worldwide is now over 2 billion, while more than 1.2 billion use Facebook Messenger. Unfortunately, all these huge numbers make room for cybercriminals to victimize people, daily.
The latest scam involves a text and video from a real friend on your Messenger list, which can compromise your computer. How does the scam work? A dangerous phishing message is currently spreading around the world on Facebook Messenger. If you click on it, your device will be infected with adware. The message appears to have been sent by someone in your contact list. The sender’s account (your friend’s) was hacked and their credentials have been stolen. Here is how criminals can easily hack your Facebook account.
Going back to the scam, the message reads: “David Video”, plus a shocked face emoji. The message contains a link that supposedly leads to a video.
Here is a screenshot of the fake message below:
The link doesn’t start a video, instead, it leads to a Google document. The landing page contains what appears to be a video with a play button. When you click it, your gadget will be infected with adware.
The criminal then gathers data about your device, such as which browser and operating system you are using. This info determines which malicious website you are redirected to.
If you are using Google Chrome, you’re redirected to a spoofed YouTube site. A fraudulent error message pops up, tricking you to download a malicious Chrome extension.
The extension is infecting your device with malware, forcing it to click multiple ads behind the scenes. If you’re using Firefox or Safari, the end results are almost identical, with a small difference. You’ll be shown a bogus update for Flash Media Player required to watch the clip.
This also installs adware onto your gadget. The crooks could also change the payload at any time in the future. Instead of infecting your device with malware they could infect it with a different type of virus.
Watch the video below to see the Facebook Messenger Video scam exposed:
Facebook Messenger Video Scam: How To Avoid
Needless to say, do not click on the link if you receive this Messenger text notification. Let your hacked friend know immediately about the case so he/she can warn the others not to click on the malicious link and also change his password.
Typically, if you click a link within an unsolicited message and the landing page requires you to install an extension (such as Google extension), don’t. Exit out of the page and delete the message. Have strong anti-virus security software installed on your devices.
Facebook Messenger Video Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Facebook video scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Facebook using the link below:
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On a side note, if you’re looking for a reliable way to save Facebook videos, you can check out the Facebook Downloader. A safe non-software solution for saving private and public Facebook videos directly from any web-browser.