“I think you appear in this video” phishing scam is spreading like wildfire on Facebook.
Facebook has over 2.6 billion monthly active users making the social media platform a lucrative target for hackers.
Recently, Hackread.com identified a Facebook phishing scam that uses the same old tactics of tricking users into believing that they have been spotted in an x-rated video that has been leaked online – The video is titled “I think you appear in this video look at it I’m really impressed? confirms?”
The scam spreads through Facebook Messenger like a chain reaction where once a targeted account is compromised it sends automatic messages to each and every person in the victim’s friend’s list luring them into clicking on the malicious video link.
In reality, there is no video, and the victim is redirected to a Facebook phishing page that claims “Facebook needs to verify your account information to allow access to this video.”
Although vigilant users would understand that they are being phished, unsuspecting users have been falling for the scam and losing their accounts to scammers.
As shown in the screenshot below the phishing page is quite convincing and genuine-looking however it does nothing but steal the victim’s login information and immediately transfer it to the attacker.
This is an old-school, widely tried-and-tested strategy. Many users get trapped in this scam mainly because the message appears on the social network’s private messaging service which, somehow, is considered a secure platform to chat with our Facebook friends.
Therefore, if you are on Facebook and particularly on Facebook Messenger watch out for this scam and such malicious messages. It is recommended that if you have fallen into this trap, do change your Facebook password immediately and run an anti-virus scan to clean your computer of viruses.
This, however, is not the first time when Facebook or its Messenger has been exploited for spreading online scams. Previously, Eko malware video scams, “You are in this video?” and “My First Video,” malware scam were found stealing login information of unsuspecting Facebook users.