Scammers use Robin Williams death in 'click bait' hoax

KUSA - The Denver Better Business Bureau is warning people about a scam using the recent death of Robin Williams.

A video circulating on social media claims to be the last words of the 63-year-old actor who took his life on Monday. But if you click on the fake video, it will begin to download malware on your computer.

The tactic is called "click baiting."

Scammers also post sensational or emotional content as a way of collecting "likes" on a Facebook account. After enough "likes" and comments, they can turn around and sell the account for a profit.

The BBB offers the following tips to protect against "click bait" scams:

• Don't take the bait. Stay away from promotions of "exclusive," "shocking" or "sensational" footage. If it sounds too outlandish to be true, it is probably a scam.

• Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don't click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.

• Don't trust your "friends" online. It might not actually be your friends who are "liking" or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked and scammers could be using another tactic called "clickjacking." Clickjacking is a technique that scammers use to trick you into clicking on social media links that you would not usually click on.

• Report scam posts on Facebook by following these instructions.

• Report malware or spam on Twitter by following these instructions.

To find out more about scams or to report one, check out BBB Scam Stopper.

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