How the scam works:
(with video below) This scam is back and is banking again on people’s willingness to make changes to their Facebook timeline. Cybercrooks have taken full advantage of this mixed bag of emotions by posting scam messages suggesting people can remove or disable this timeline. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see the Remove Facebook Timeline scam:
What scammers have done is created a number of fake messages and rogue application/browser extensions that promise to show you how to disable the new Facebook timeline. By following their instructions, you are installing these browse extensions to your account and give them access to all of your information.
If you click on the link you are taken to a website created just a few days ago, whose domain is probably registered in a country such us Russia, Turkey, India, Ghana, or Malaysia. From here, the scammers encourage you to install a Firefox or Chrome add-on to remove the Facebook Timeline from your account, but in reality installs malware on your device.
How to avoid the Remove Facebook Timeline scam:
Don’t fall for it. Facebook has stated numerous times that there is no such option out there. If you have clicked on these links you need to delete them immediately and report them. As a good friend you should also post warnings about this new scam infiltrating Facebook pages and hopefully you can save a few others some huge hassles.
How to report the Remove Facebook Timeline scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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