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Nacogdoches Police, BBB warn of scams

Nacogdoches Police, BBB warn of scams

POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:14am

A computer bug discovered in 2007 is making a comeback by targeting Facebook users’ financial information, a Better Business Bureau official said on Tuesday.

“This is part of the Zeus trojan virus,” said Bill McGuire, president of the BBB in College Station. “It entices people with a carrot, usually a cash-back offer, to get them to link their credit or debit cards to their Facebook account.”

The malware program also targets Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo users the same way.

“What’s so scary about this virus is that these scammers have been able to rake in $60 million for the last five years, according to the FBI,” McGuire said. “People put way too much information out there, and we set ourselves up for (attacks).”

In the case of Facebook, scammers often hijack accounts by getting users to click on their posts and accept their applications, which can give the scammers access to all of users’ account information, according to the BBB.

Read more from the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel here.

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