In the past 12 hours, I’ve learned of two (very realistic) malicious Skype and Facebook scam hacks that in one case tricked one of my friends who is extremely web savvy:

I’ll start with the one that happened in Skype that tricked my very web savvy friend.

It works very much how the old Twitter DM virus used to spread, in that you are sent a message from one of your Skype contacts with a seemingly innocent link, and when you click the link you’re taken off to the hackers software which enables them to take control of your Skype account. If you’re using a Skype number as your published business landline, they’ll take control of that also.

Now they have control, they send the malicious message to all your Skype contacts, and if anyone clicks on the links, the cycle begins again.

So, please be on high alert for any Skype messages from your contacts that read anything like:

“Hey [your name], check out my new project, [link].”

If you’re unsure if the message is legit or not, contact your friend elsewhere and ask first.

But, do not click on the link!

The second one is from Facebook.

This morning, my husband received a notification inside Facebook that “Facebook Security” had shared his post, and this was the message they posted.

Fake Facebook Security message

Fake Facebook Security Message

In the cold light of day, I know this one does seem blindingly obvious that it hasn’t come from Facebook – they would never make such a rookie copywriting mistake as to use three exclamation marks for starters. 🙂

The first thing I always do with posts I’m not sure about (like those “win a world trip from Virgin” scams) is click through to the page itself, and in this example the page only has two likes!

But I must confess that half awake this morning, I missed the anomaly in the font in their name, and you’d only need to be tired or distracted, see “Facebook” in the name and trust it so you click on the link – then they’ve got control of your Facebook account!

So, please keep your radar up when you’re online. Question everything, look for anomalies in the way the message is written compared to how your friend usually writes, and most importantly, don’t click on any link that you’re not 100% certain that you can trust.

Veronica Pullen

Veronica Pullen

The Mile-Deep Marketing Queen at Apples to Oranges Ltd
Veronica Pullen, AKA The MIle-Deep Marketing Queen helps coaches, trainers, consultants, mentors, experts, speakers, and therapists to attract your ideal, like-minded clients from your 'Mile-Deep' Facebook marketing, networking, group challenges, and ads.
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