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Stay Alert – Don't Fall For Machupo Virus Hoax

Download Graphics to View Online scammers have many ways of spreading their malicious links, and like-farming is one of them. Here's how it works: The cybercriminals create a post on Facebook that involves something frightening that you would naturally want to like and share with friends to help them avoid the Big Bad. When the post gets enough likes and shares, it becomes likely to be shared with a broader range of users, based on Facebook's algorithm. At this point, the bad guys add a new component – a link that points to a malicious download.

The latest Big Bad being used as "bait" is a claim that the drug paracetamol contains the Machupo virus. While it's true that the Machupo virus is very serious, it's completely untrue that it's contained in any drug; medical experts have come forward to note that the virus cannot live in dry environments such as drug tablets.

You can help stop the spread of this hoax by following these guidelines:
  • If you see a post like the one described, click the down-arrow at the top of the post, select Report, then choose the option that best describes the issue and follow the instructions from there.

  • If you see any post that claims a Big Bad and asks you to forward the information, don't. Consider checking to find out if the rumor is true.

  • Be wary of any post that promises something (the chance to win a vacation, for example) for liking or sharing.

  • In general, be choosy about what you like or share on Facebook. Be even more careful with posts whose authors you don't personally know.

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