Many of you who visit just about any news media Facebook page have probably seen it. It’s a comment that includes what appears to be a link from a legitimate news source. But in actuality, it’s probably malicious software sent by spammers intending to infect your computer.
It’s been happening more in recent months. And you definitely should not click on it.
They usually appear on Facebook posts about tragedies such as deaths, car crashes, natural disasters or crime. Most often, they say something like “It’s terrible this happened” or “This is horrible” or “Police just released video of the incident” — sometimes adding the words “GRAPHIC CONTENT” just for extra punch.
The images below are a couple of examples of what these often look like.
It’s meant to look like there is a video for you to watch — to make you think it’s some scene video or a report. The spammer, likely looking to infect your computer, is trying to prey on your curiosity to click the link.
In addition to the comment, be aware of what web link addresses they are attaching. The two most common appear to start with “wee.so” or “kve.so.” But there could be others.
This is happening across the country and malicious actors are getting sneakier and sneakier. The best advice you can follow is simply to not click on the link. And make sure to warn people you know who you think are likely to fall for something like this.
Here is more advice from Facebook on how to handle spam.