How the Scam Works:
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. Variations of the message include:
- rofl they was taping you
- how did you not see them taping u
- whatt are you doing in this fb vid ?
- what on earth you’re doing on this movie
- O M G your in this
- what on earth could you be doing in our vid
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. It’s a virus.
I Think I’ve Found a Scam. What Should I Do?
If another Twitter user is sending you links to maleware or other spam, report them to Twitter by following these instructions.
- If you notice that your account is being used to send spam messages, your account has likely been hacked. Follow Twitter’s instruction here to reset your password and revoke connections to third-party applications.
For More Information:
For tips on how you can avoid phishing scams and prevent your account from being hacked, see Twitter’s “Safe Tweeting” help page.
To find scams in your area, check BBB’s scam directory.