Facebook scam plays off fake news

The Butts County Sheriff's Office warns Georgians not to fall for a bogus Facebook headline reporting a fiery fatal crash.

The Macon Telegraph reports the headline is designed to grab your attention by mentioning multiple casualties involving women and children, but if you click to read more, a virus or malware infects your account.

The sheriff's office has been so besieged by calls about this phony fatal accident, it's posted about it on its Facebook page.

"This is FALSE information," the post reads. "We are being told the link on Facebook may be some type of virus. PLEASE DO NOT click on or 'share' the link as it apparently hacks your Facebook account after doing so."

The Telegraph reports similar scams have popped up mentioning other counties in and out of Georgia. They typically feature a "breaking news" graphic and a reference to "NEWSROOMS.INFO" in the text.

If you do end up taking the bait, change your password and follow other web security precautions.





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