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A Facebook scam that dates back years is making another round of appearances in posts and messages. Law enforcement agencies are alerting Facebook users of what’s being referred to as the “Look who died scam”.

This Facebook scam is easy to recognize and easy to avoid. Still, people fall for it every day. Here’s the scam: posts or messages that say “Look who died, I think you know him” followed by several crying emojis. It appears to be a link to a news report or YouTube video. If you click the link, rather than playing a video, you’re prompted to sign in to your Facebook account to see it.

It isn’t a Facebook log in though. A closer look at where the link goes reveals a strange-sounding website URL. But the login page itself looks legitimate. If you enter your username and password, the bad guys can log into your account. They can also change your Facebook password and you won’t be able to log back in.

Though it wasn’t the same scam, tens of thousands of Facebook users recently got scammed, had their Facebook profiles hijacked, and everyone’s name was changed to Lilly Collins. It took some of the victims weeks to get a response from Facebook. The posts or messages come from Facebook friends who’ve had their profiles cloned. It happens thousands of times a day.

The posts almost always tag you or some of your friends. They also come through as Facebook messages from friends who’ve had their Facebook profiles compromised. Facebook responds to reports of these scammy posts, but they’ll generally stay up for a few days nabbing more victims.

If you’ve clicked on a link and entered your login information. Change your password as quickly as possible and everyone should have 2-factor authentication turned on to make it more difficult for the hackers to change passwords.

Always be on alert. This scam can spread through email, social media, and text messages. And remember just because it looks like it’s coming from someone you know, it’s still a dangerous scam.

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