[Alert] “Can’t Believe He’s Gone” Scam

    Can’t Believe Hes Gone Scam

    The social engineering “I can’t believe he’s gone” scam uses social media posts to exploits users’ emotions, particularly empathy and curiosity, to entice victims into clicking on malicious links.

    This scam often appears on Facebook, typically posted from compromised accounts belonging to users’ friends. It targets people’s compassion by presenting shocking content, such as fake news headlines accompanied by a video link. However, clicking on these links redirects unsuspecting users to harmful websites instead of legitimate news sources.

    How Does the “Can’t Believe He’s Gone” Scam Work?

    This phishing technique has persisted on Facebook for years, adapting with new wording and links to evade detection. Scammers continuously update the post template while leveraging the same emotional triggers to ensure the scam remains effective.

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    Example scam posts. Source: Facebook

    Examples of these deceptive posts include phrases like “I can’t believe he’s gone, I’ll miss him so much” or “I can’t believe she’s gone, she was so young,” followed by a fabricated news headline and video thumbnail. Clicking on these links leads users to fake surveys, tech support scams, malware downloads, subscription services, and spam lists.

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    Example scam post. Source: Facebook

    The scam evolves with different links and headlines to bypass Facebook’s spam detection, taking advantage of human emotions to circumvent security measures. Even cautious users can be tricked by this scheme due to the emotional manipulation involved.

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    Example scam post. Source: Facebook

    It’s crucial to stay vigilant against posts resembling “I can’t believe he’s gone” or similar variations, as scammers regularly update details like names, photos, and links to evade detection and prolong the effectiveness of the scam.

    What to Do if You’ve Fallen for the “Can’t Believe He’s Gone” Scam

    • Close the Scam Website or Video Immediately: If you inadvertently open a suspicious link leading to a website or video, exit the page promptly to minimize exposure and risk.
    • Run a Virus Scan: Use your antivirus software to conduct a thorough scan of your device. This helps detect and remove any malware that may have been downloaded without your knowledge.
    • Change Your Facebook Password: Take action to secure your Facebook account by resetting your password through Facebook’s security settings. Create a strong and unique password not used elsewhere.
    • Enable 2FA on Facebook: Enhance your account security by setting up two-factor authentication on Facebook. This adds an extra layer of protection by requiring a secondary verification method in addition to your password.
    • Monitor Your Accounts for Suspicious Activity: Keep a vigilant eye on your social media, financial, and email accounts for any signs of unauthorized access or changes. Update passwords on related accounts as needed to prevent further compromise.
    • Scan Your Computer for Malware: If you provided any information or downloaded files from the scam site, run a comprehensive malware scan using Trend Micro.
    • Check and Freeze Credit Reports: Review your credit reports from major bureaus (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) for unusual activity or accounts you didn’t open. Consider freezing your credit to prevent unauthorized credit applications.
    • Beware of Related Phone and Email Scams: Stay wary of suspicious phone calls or emails that may follow the initial scam attempt. Scammers might use these tactics to gather more personal information or perpetrate additional fraud.

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