Now, we're not talking about a computer virus here, we're talking about a virus that a human would contract.
Not only is this message showing up as a post in users' News Feeds, but some are even receiving it as a message from their contacts in Facebook Messenger. It's intended to scare people so they share it with everyone on their contacts list. Noor Hisham Abdullah commented on the warning and said the Machupo virus is not able to survive in a dry environment like one of these pills.
Once there, the victim types in their credentials and the cybercriminal steals them. In the message, the "friend" says that there is a video of you on You Tube that has gotten a huge number of views. The fraudulent site actually looks like a Facebook login page and claims that you must re-enter your credentials to view the video. If you give scammers your username and password, they can take over your account and use it for malicious activity.
They also provide you with a link that you can click on to watch the video. People on your list of friends will start receiving these types of scams from .
Many of these work-from-home posts are just scams, trying to convince users to open an account with a specific broker.
The person who created the post on Facebook gets paid a commission when they get new users to sign-up.
The person who answered the call claimed to be a Facebook representative but was actually a fraud.
Here's how the call went: The fraudster answered the phone by saying, "Thanks for calling Facebook." The researcher told the fake rep that he was locked out of his Facebook account and needed help getting back in.
Remember, there really isn't a way to beat the system.
Facebook has become a social media giant since it launched in 2004.
The site is so popular, there are approximately 2 billion active monthly users worldwide. With that incredible number of active users, the site is bound to be a major target for cybercriminals.
Facebook uses an algorithm to track users so it can provide targeted ads.
It keeps track if you click "like" on something, or tag photos from specific locations and uses this information for marketing purposes.