Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Fake Video Scams

Heads up, they’re back at it! The bad guys are using social media messaging platforms and emails to send dangerous phishing links that are disguised as a link to a video. The scammers provoke you into clicking by asking, “Is this you in the video???” Don’t fall for this! They are counting on an impulsive emotional reaction. It’s important to note that these attacks almost never actually involve a video; they’re only creating a reason for you to click the malicious link.

Be wary of these types of messages and any unexpected links, even if it appears to be from someone you know. Cybercriminals often hack social media accounts so they can send these same messages to everyone connected to the stolen account.

Always remember: Never click on a link that you weren’t expecting. Even if the message appears to be from someone you know, pick up the phone to verify.

Remember, think before you click.

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