Las Vegas Shooting Clickbait Could Lead to Dangerous Links

  
     
October 09, 2017

Clickbaiting is someone trying to get you to click a link by using lures that often times involve current events or controversial subjects.  As with other tragedies in the past, BBB anticipates a wave of clickbait ads claiming to have exclusive information, pictures or videos involving the Las Vegas mass shooting.  While these links can be harmless, they can also contain viruses, malware or means to access your personal information.

“Scammers take advantage of events like this by posting interesting or salacious material on social media that trick people into “clicking” on these dangerous links” said Tim Maniscalo, President of Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana.

BBB suggests:

  • Not clicking on links the use words like “exclusive” or “shocking”.
  • Hovering over the link to see its true destination is a trustworthy site.
  • Immediately changing your password should you suspect your account has been compromised.
  • Report suspicious posts to Facebook.
  • Filing a report on BBB’s Scamtracker if you feel you have been scammed.

 

For more information, please contact BBB at info@indybbb.org or 1-866-463-9222.

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