Another Facebook scam is circulating across the social networking website just a day before the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan was critically hurt in a six-vehicle fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed his friend and writer 62-year-old James McNair.
With the rise in various scams on the popular social networking giant, Facebook that has more than one billion active users, it became very clear that not only does the social networking platform provide special opportunities for people to connect and share information, but serves as a great platform for scammers as well.
TOTAL SCAM LEADS TO MALWARE
Scammers spare no incident to target as many victims as possible, and this time they made use of this roadway accident to target users by spreading the fake Facebook videos proclaiming the death of Tracy Morgan.
Malwarebytes warned about the Morgan video scam, saying that the fake video tricks users into sharing it that are spreading throughout the social network, with the Title, “[Death Video] R.I.P. Tracy Morgan died few minutes ago in hospital.”
Once clicked, users are directed to share the fake videos and along with the video sharing, the spam leads users to download a file, which could be anything from a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) to a malicious software that could steal users’ sensitive or financial information from the infected system.
TRACY MORGAN DEAD? RUMORS REACHED TWITTER AS WELL
In response to this false news, people began tweeting that Tracy had passed away on June 10. The fake news spread like fire on the internet. Following are the tweets by his Fans:
JUST IGNORE IT
“Pay no attention to scammy and sensational sounding videos appearing on your Facebook feed and stick to trusted news sources for breaking stories and information,” warned Malwarebytes. “Surveys are always a pain, but scam sites offering up random redirects always carry the potential to be even more problematic – you simply never know where you’re going to end up.”
We have seen various suspicious posts on Facebook, like "See your Friend's naked video", an app offering you a chance to see who has viewed your Facebook profile, and many more. Sometimes these scams are very obvious and easily avoidable, but many times they are irresistible and easy to fall for, like this new fake video scam.
SCAMS AT RISE, SO BE SAFE
With more tech skills, modern scammers have ability to reach billions of potential victims with just a single message or post, and their scams are getting more dangerous and critical day-by-day. Despite Facebook's security measures, safe and secured social networking rests in your own hands and if you aren't paying attention to such scams, you could fall for one such even without ever realizing.
So, if you are served with any suspicious link or post, do not try to click on it, no matter even if it’s from your closest friend.