The Facebook Video Scam and the Fake YouTube Website
Whatever you do, please do not click on this scam if it is posted on your Facebook Wall, Timeline or elsewhere. This is because, this scam will attempt to trick you into downloading and installing malicious software disguised as a Flash Player and other popular software.
Once malicious software are installed on your computer, the cybercriminals behind the scam will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, steal your personal/ financial information or compromise your Facebook and other online accounts, by stealing the usernames and passwords.
You may also be asked to complete surveys, which the cyber-criminal behind this scam will earn money from. Another trick they have used is to trick persons into sharing, "liking" or commenting on it, which will only help spread the scam to other Facebook users.
So, if you were tricked by this scam, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. Then, change your Facebook and all other online account passwords.
If you were tricked into sharing it on Facebook, please remove the shared post, comment or “unlike” it.
You may also want to ensure that you did not install a malicious Facebook application. Click here for information about removing Facebook applications.
Remember, if you are asked to share, "like”, complete surveys to view a video, picture or other content, it is the first sign that you are being tricked or scammed. You do not need to do any of these things in order to view any content on Facebook and the rest of the internet.
Also, do not hastily download software from websites that tell you that you need them in order to view videos and other content on the same websites. This is how cyber-criminals trick persons into infecting their computers with malware.
Always ensure that you download software from legitimate websites. If you do not know these websites, ask a tech-savvy family member or friend.
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