The Facebook shutdown scam is making the rounds again.
Facebook members have been seeing a post in their news feed claiming their account will be shut down unless they “register” before the shutdown date. The post is not from Facebook. It is a type of click bait. In other words, it lures you in by sounding or looking official, but it is really just the bait for a scam.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to protect yourself and others from scam artists using Facebook:
• Avoid the bait. Don’t click on promotions or posts using the words “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational.”
• Just because a friend recommends, likes or promotes something, doesn’t mean you can trust it.
• Check your own posts by verifying the links and promotions you share. This can be done with a simple online search of the promotion and the word “scam.”
If you suspect your Facebook account, or that of a friend’s, has been hacked, learn how to regain control by visiting Facebook’s support page at www.facebook.com/help/ www/131719720300233.
You can report spam to Facebook by following the instructions at www.facebook.com/help /205730929485170.
To keep your online accounts secure, follow these best practices:
• Use a different, unique password for each account.
• When you are finished using an online account, log out right away.
• Use extra login security features, often called two-factor authentication or two-step verification, offered by many websites.
• Download updates to your operating system, Web browsers and antivirus software as soon as they are available.
• Discuss cyber security with friends and family, especially children.
Erin T Dodge, BBB editor