Kaspersky Uncovers New Facebook COVID-19 Scam, Here Is How To Avoid Getting Scammed
In a recent blog post, cyber security firm, Kaspersky uncovered a new Facebook COVID-19 scam and it is spreading awareness as well as tips to avoid getting scammed.
Facebook had officially announced a cash grant of up to $100 million for businesses that the coronavirus pandemic harmed. The company also said that eligible businesses could get as high as $3,300 in aid. However, scammers are taking advantage of unsuspecting applicants.
One of the ways they are doing it is by creating a replica of CNBC, a renowned business news outlet. They the use the dummy website to create a page, add a link and ask interested participants to apply by following this link.
Kaspersky revealed that one of the first signs of the Facebook scam is the bad grammar on the supposed ‘CNBC post’. Another one is the fact that the URL does not actually start with cnbc.com, which should be a clear red flag.
Victims who go ahead to click on the provided link are taken to page that claims to offer Facebook grants. Kaspersky also points at many red flags on this new page, the security company wrote;
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“The grammar on the website still stinks, and most of the links don’t work. It’s especially sad the that job announcement for the Facebook Grant CEO position is also unclickable — perhaps it could have been someone’s chance to land a job with a decent paycheck! And, of course, the site URL does not contain facebook.com, so it clearly has nothing to do with Facebook.”
The main aim of the scam is to obtain personal sensitive information of people. It asks for such details as Facebook name and password, address, social security number, and a scan of both sides of your ID. This information is enough for cybercriminals to steal your identity, Kaspersky warns.
Additionally, the cyber security company provides general tips for you to avoid phishing scams. It says:
— Look carefully at the URLs of the sites that you visit. If just one letter looks out of place, or if the usual .com has been replaced with .com.tk or something along those lines, your gut should tell you it’s phishing. Never enter personal information on such a site.
— Pay attention to grammar and layout. If something smells phishy, it probably is.
— Be naturally wary of any forms that want personal information. If you are asked for a passport scan, triple-check that you really are on the official site — and even if you are, think again about if the offer is really worth sending such sensitive data.
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