Some people claim they’ve been “hacked” – but it’s actually a very successful phishing method.
The “Youtube virus” is actually not a virus at all, but rather a new phishing method involving unaware Facebook users clicking on supposed Youtube links. What happens? Scammers want to access your account with what on first glance looks like a link to a Youtube video. User report receiving personal messages from friends including their names and a smiley.
The message looks something like this:
Facebook-Phishing: Thousands affected
Users receive this message from real friends. It appears to be a Youtube link, but actually the logo is not from a Youtube video preview, but rather an image that leads to a fake Facebook login page:
Even if it may look real, it’s definitely fake, as you can see looking at the URL. That’s not Facebook. If you type in your login info, you deliver all your data to the scammers. And then they gain full access to your profile.
Help! I got scammed! What do I do?
1. Immediately change your password!
2. Inform your friend list and warn them! (Show them our article!)
3. Check your computer for spyware with your anti-virus program!
4. Look for unwanted browser add-ons and check for things you didn’t install or don’t know
5. Contact Facebook directly: If you think you got hacked, visit this page. Facebook will ask you to change your password and check your latest activity.
6. Try 2-factor-authentication: That way, scammers can’t access your profile even if they got your data via phishing.