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Scams have reached a new level of sophistication, making them harder to detect. Today, scammers and hackers have perfected the art of mimicking genuine interactions, posing a significant challenge even for experienced internet users. One such pressing threat is the “Look who died in an accident” scam, a malicious scheme threatening your online security and privacy.

Imagine this scenario: you receive a Facebook message from a friend or acquaintance with the alarming words “Look who died” and a link. Uncertain about the content, your worry about the reported tragedy compels you to click the link. Unbeknownst to you, you’ve unwittingly downloaded a malicious virus onto your device, providing scammers a gateway to infiltrate your Facebook account. This virus is not just a device threat. It’s a direct path for scammers to impersonate you and spread the same deceitful message to your contacts. This compromises your account security and exposes your photos and other sensitive information to potential exploitation in future scams, a situation no one wants to find themselves in.

The “Look Who Died” scam is a stark reminder of how simple yet effective online scams can be. The message, seemingly from a trusted source, uses your trust to lure you into clicking the harmful link. Once you do, the virus takes over your account and spreads the scam to others in your network. Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t the only platform susceptible to this type of scam. Reports indicate similar schemes infiltrating other social media platforms like TikTok, demonstrating the pervasive nature of online threats.

What you can do

So, what steps can you take to safeguard yourself and your social media accounts from falling victim to such scams?

  • Remain vigilant: Exercise caution when clicking links, especially those received via direct messages or emails. Genuine messages regarding sensitive topics like death are unlikely to be communicated through such channels.
  • Additional measures: Implementing additional security measures, such as two-step authentication, can provide extra protection against unauthorized access to your accounts. Act swiftly if you click on a suspicious link and suspect your account has been compromised. Change your password, log out of all active sessions, and report the incident to the platform’s security team.
  • Stay informed: By staying informed and taking proactive measures, you can strengthen your defences against the ever-present threat of online scams and hackers. Remember, vigilance is your most powerful tool in protecting your digital presence.

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Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.