Fans of the “Twilight” vampire series and movie franchises are falling prey to a scam that spreads to Facebook friends, tags them and their friends with malicious links in their online photo albums, and could end up hijacking their Facebook accounts.
Facebook updates are circulating that look like game promotions related to the teen vampire movie, “Twilight, Breaking Dawn,” according to Sophos. The link leads to what looks like a Facebook page with a “play now” button that once clicked, quietly “likes” the link and spreads it on the visitor’s Facebook account. A dialog box then pops up asking for permission for a third-party application to access the victim’s Facebook account to post messages and photos. Since this is common behavior for an application that you have clicked on and want to explore, unsuspecting users are clicking the buttons and passing the app to friends. Next, the victim is asked to fill out a survey to “verify” their account information. The scammers are making money off every survey completed.
Facebook is currently tracking this scam, working to shut down the spammy vectors, and remediate any users who have been affected.
Stay secure on Facebook and other community sites.
- Don’t click on strange links, even if they’re from friends, and notify the person if you see something suspicious.
- Don’t click on friend requests from people that you don’t actually know.
- Don’t provide personal informatino in online surveys.
- Review your Facebook security settings and consider enabling log-in notifications. Look in the drop-down box under Account on the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook home page.
- If you come across a scam, report it to Facebook’s admin team so that it can be taken down.
- Don’t download any applications or allow permissions to your Facebook site, if you are not 100% certain about.
- For using Facebook from places like hotels and airports, text “otp” to 32665 for a one-time password to your account.