Was Your Picture Added To a New Facebook Album?
Social media is the biggest growing component on the internet today. However, with the preponderance of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, scams are increasing. The latest one involves the most popular networking site, Facebook. How does it work?
Victims of this scam receive an email apparently coming from Facebook informing that a friend has posted their picture in a brand new Facebook album.
The email contains a link to a zip.file that will supposedly take you to view the picture. What actually happens is you will release and install a dangerous malware into your computer or mobile device.
Facebook Album Image Scam: How To Avoid
The real Facebook sends notifications indeed, but never sends you a zip. file. Just open your Facebook account from the browser and see if the notificiation is there as well.
If you open the email, do not open the link; close the email and hit the Delete key. Checking the domain name the email came from is not enough as scammers are getting smarter and more sophisticated everyday.
It is also wise to keep your antivirus protection updated, as these scams continue to circulate. Be cautious. Always know the sender before you click on any link and you’ll be able to network with friends and family without worry.
How To Report The Facebook Album 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 Facebook using the link below:
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