In the past, we have covered several Facebook Scams which have fooled users into clicking links of sick videos of Miley Cyrus, showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl and more among other things (Read all Facebook Scams we have covered). This trend still continues to grow and now scammers are using Facebook events and Facebook chat to spread spam.
However, a new type of viral post is now doing the rounds of Facebook, which alerts users about a new virus on Facebook which is using your pictures to access sensitive information such as banking credentials, email accounts and more.
NEW VIRUS ON FB using YOUR pictures. It says you’ve been tagged in a picture, wants you to click on a link to see it. Then hacks into YOUR computer & ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS including BANKING & other secure accounts. It DESTROYS YOUR COMPUTER. Once hacked into your comp; it sends e-mails to your friends telling them they have been TAGGED in pics & starts the process again. PLEASE RE-POST
The message is spreading in the above form and lot of users are blindly re-posting it to their walls. The hoax in question seems to be related to Facebook photo tagging, which has already created a controversy. However, the alert is a hoax and a type of FUD which is used to scare people.
In the past, scammers have used photo tagging to spread spam, however, it is has been annoying at best and has not spread any deadly virus. Being cautious on Facebook is great, but over-doing it could lead to silly cases like these.
Rest assured, we try out best to alert users when a deadly scam is underway. Spreading messages like these will only create panic and not help anyone.
As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.