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Keep an eye out for Facebook scam messages with the words “I can’t believe it’s you” and a link.
Here’s what the messages look like:
If you click the link, you may be taken to a phishing website that tries to trick you into entering your Facebook account email or phone and password into a login box. The site will claim that you need to login to see the image or video that the “I can’t believe it’s you” message is supposedly referencing. It is designed to look like it is part of the genuine Facebook website.
If you proceed, criminals can collect the login details you supplied and use them to hijack your Facebook account. Once they have gained access, the criminals can use your account to distribute scam and spam messages and posts in your name.
And of course, you will never see the supposed image or video of you, which never existed to begin with.
Links in some versions of these messages may open websites that harbour malware or redirect to survey scams.
In fact, the “I can’t believe it’s you” messages are just one version of a long-running series of bogus Facebook messages designed to trick people into clicking links that open scam websites. Some claim that you have been featured in a viral YouTube video. Others claim that your friend has seen you in a compromising video or online image. All of the scam messages are designed to trick you into clicking a link that opens a phishing or malware website.
You may be more inclined to believe that the messages are genuine because they appear to have been sent by one of your Facebook friends. But, in reality, your friend’s account has been hijacked and used to send you the scam message.
If your account has been compromised via one of these scams, you will need to try to secure your account as quickly as you can. And, if possible, let your Facebook friends know that your account has been compromised and to watch out for scam posts being sent in your name.