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BBB warns of 'Click Bait' scams on social media

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"Click Bait" scams are happening mostly on Facebook, but can pop up on any social media. "Click Bait" scams are happening mostly on Facebook, but can pop up on any social media.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Scammers are again using tragedy to gain access to your personal information stored on your computer.

The Better Business Bureau warns that checking fake online news alerts about the search for the missing Malaysian airliner could open you up to identity theft.

When one of these fake alerts is clicked, a pop-up screen asks you to update your video player. Clicking "OK" to begin the update actually allows a virus to be downloaded to your computer.

Other versions might ask you to fill out a survey with personal information before you can view the video.

The BBB offers these tips:

If it sounds too sensational, don't believe it.

Hover your cursor over the link before clicking to even see if it will take you to a well-known website.

Even if you see the video posted by a friend, don't trust it because they might be victims of a virus that reaches out to their contacts.

This "Click Bait" scam is happening mostly on Facebook, but it can pop up on any type of social media.

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