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New Twitter Scam

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A new scam uses direct messages on Twitter to tease potential victims with a link to an embarrassing Facebook video. Try to view the clip and you'll download a virus. 

You receive a Twitter direct message that seems to be alerting you to a video of yourself posted on Facebook. Senders try to grab your attention by implying that the video is embarrassing.

The message contains a link that appears to go to a Facebook.com address. But users who click on it are greeted with what appears to be a video player and a warning message that "An update to Youtube player is needed." The message says it will install an update to Flash Player 10.1 but the file that downloads isn't a new version of Flash. 

What to do if you think you've encountered a scammer.

  • If another Twitter user is sending you links to malware or other spam, report them to Twitter.
  • If you notice that your account is being used to send spam messages, your account has likely been hacked. Follow Twitter's instruction to reset your password and revoke connections to third-party applications. 
  • For tips on how you can avoid phishing scams and prevent your account from being hacked, see Twitter's "Safe Tweeting" help page.
  • Always check the BBB's scam directory at www.bbb.org.
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