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Royal Baby Scam Alert: Fraudsters Using Baby Sussex To Ensnare Facebook Users

If you see a link promising “exclusive footage” of the royal baby, think before you click

Fraudsters are taking advantage of the buzz surrounding Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s new baby to target Facebook users.

The scam appears as a link on Facebook, similar to something one of your friends might share on their timeline, promising “exclusive footage” of the newborn.

If you choose to download the file, you end up downloading a virus that compromises your system and scans your computer for private information like bank account details and credit card numbers.

It then shares the fake viral post to your Facebook friends, allowing the scammers to ensnare more innocent people.

“Fake video player updates are among the most common types of malicious ads that prey on web users,” said Paul Bischoff, privacy advocate at Comparitech.com.

“This scheme in particular leverages people’s inherit trust in their Facebook friends to get them to click through and install a bogus update.

“Even if you trust your Facebook friends, you should always treat unsolicited links with scepticism, because you never know when someone’s account has been hacked.

Source: UK Mirror

 

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