Facebook Messenger scam - a warning
This New Facebook Messaging Scam May Be the Sneakiest Yet
Yesterday, I got a message from my friend Jen. It had been a while, so I was surprised to see her simple "hey" show up on my screen. I didn't have a chance to write back at the moment, so I moved on with my day. About a half hour later, she became oddly persistent, which was out of character for her. I thought, either her Facebook account's been hacked or she needs something urgently.
It turned out to be the former.
(The compromised account's messages are in gray; mine are in blue. Bear with the out-of-order messages as Facebook saved them.)
It's so tempting to click on a URL that has your name on it! But I noticed it also had the word "skanks" in it, and I knew better than to follow that link.
Others of her friends might not have—especially if they had responded to the hacker's first "hey."
Apparently, password-stealing bandits are commandeering Facebook users' messaging features to directly contact all of their friends. As one of Jen's other buddies learned, following the link asks you to enter your Facebook login details. Once you do that, boom: The hacker can access your friend list and reach out to all ofyourfriends.
What exactly the point of all this is, I don't know, but it seems similar to the Facebook virus detailed here. (Don't worry; that linkissafe to click on.)
The silver lining? You may end up getting back in touch with long-lost pals.
Video: New scam targets Facebook Messenger users
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