A lot of what makes scams work is timing and the excitement about the new Royal birth is perfect. Fraudsters are targeting Facebook users with a link promising “exclusive footage” of the new-born. Once you click the link a pop-up tells you that your video player needs an update, this update downloads a virus to your device and all your personal financial information will be vulnerable. According to Norton 1 in 3 of us in the UK are victims of cybercrime every year.
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE UPDATE AND DEFINITELY DO NOT FORWARD TO FRIENDS!
Tips and Advice
- Who from? – In most cases the message only appears to come from a friend and if you message them back for more details, they know nothing about it, its just been sent from their compromised account.
- Spot the scam – If the deal looks too good to be true, it’s a scam.
- Keep safe – Ensure that you have anti-virus protection, that it is up to date and switched on. However, it should be noted this ransomware there is currently no defence to!
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
- Report it – to Facebook, click here for the email address
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
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