HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Some scams just never go away. The "Facebook Shutdown" scam is a perfect example. Almost everyone has an account with this social media site, and people keep falling for the scam.
Here's how it works: You get a post in your news feed or in an email that your Facebook account will be shut down by a certain date. It appears to be official, posted by a Facebook corporate account or by site founder Mark Zuckerberg.
It tells you that to avoid deactivation, you must register your account online.
"It's really just a ploy to get you to link over to the site they are offering," said Michele Mason of the Better Business Bureau. "They will likely download spyware or a virus to your computer."
Should there be an issue with your account and Facebook did need to contact you, they would provide information for you to contact them without having to click on a link.
Here are some further tips to protect you from this and other, similar 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's probably a scam.
Don't trust your friends' tastes online – They may not truly be the ones "liking" or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked.
Verify before you share – Do your friends a favor and verify any sensational post before you like or share it. A quick Google search for other, reputable sources should do the trick.