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Scam Alert: Don’t Look At The “LOOK WHO DIED” Alert In Facebook!

Stay alert and stay safe! #scams #hack­ers #dat­aprote #cyber­se­cu­ri­ty #facebooksecurity#cbs4indy

This scam is a vari­a­tion of the com­mon “imper­son­ation scam” or “Face­book cloning scam.” Here’s how it typ­i­cal­ly works:

1. **Imper­son­ation**: Scam­mers cre­ate fake pro­files on Face­book that mim­ic the iden­ti­ty of some­one you know, such as a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber.

2. **Friend Request**: They send you a friend request from this fake pro­file. Some­times, they might use a pro­file pic­ture and infor­ma­tion from the real per­son­’s account.

3. **Accep­tance**: If you accept the friend request, they can see your friends, pho­tos, and oth­er infor­ma­tion on your pro­file.

4. **Mes­sen­ger Scam**: After gain­ing access to your friend list, they may mes­sage you pre­tend­ing to be the per­son they are imper­son­at­ing. In this case, it could be a mes­sage like “looked who dies,” which is like­ly an attempt to pique your curios­i­ty.

5. **Click­bait Link or Scam**: The scam­mer might send you a link, claim­ing it leads to some shock­ing or sen­sa­tion­al news relat­ed to the per­son they are imper­son­at­ing. They may also ask for mon­ey, per­son­al infor­ma­tion, or engage in oth­er mali­cious activ­i­ties once they have your trust.

To pro­tect your­self from such scams:

— Be cau­tious of friend requests from peo­ple you don’t per­son­al­ly know.
— Check the authen­tic­i­ty of pro­files by com­par­ing the infor­ma­tion and pho­tos with what you know about the per­son.
— Avoid click­ing on sus­pi­cious links or pro­vid­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion to any­one online.

It’s essen­tial to stay vig­i­lant and edu­cate your­self and oth­ers about online scams to pre­vent falling vic­tim to them.

At Stamp Out Scam/ScamTV we play a cru­cial role in rais­ing aware­ness about these types of scams and help­ing peo­ple pro­tect them­selves from online fraud. Part of this effort includes post­ing infor­ma­tive news pieces such as this on from CBS 4 News in Indi­anapo­lis. #Shorts
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