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Royal Baby News Scam

How the scam works:

The bigger the news story, the bigger the opportunity for scammers. With the new royal new baby making headlines, cyber criminals are taking advantage of the public’s eagerness to see photos of the Royal children as well as updates from the Royal family.

Scammers create malicious websites to corrupt computers all over the world. For example on Facebook, you may see a friend or two who like an "exclusive" video of Kate and William's kids. As you click on the link you are taken to a 3rd party website, where a pop up appears prompting you to "update your video player" before you can view the clip.

You click "Ok." However, when you download the file, you aren't updating your software but downloading a virus that scans your computer for banking and other personal information. Similar scams can be found on Pinterest, Twitter and other social media channels.

How to avoid:

There are a lot of things you can do. Just stay away from promotions of "exclusive," "shocking" or "sensational" footage. You could also mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don't click on links leading to unfamiliar websites. On the other hand, use a good anti-virus software. If you see any of these scams, report them to the Twitter and Facebook admin offices.

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