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Beware of this Facebook message

Have you already received a supposedly personal YouTube video from a friend via Facebook Messenger? A YouTube link that you should click to see yourself in a video?

News like this is going around en masse. We explain to you what it is all about and how you best behave if you have one YouTube link receive.

One thing should be anticipated. Neither YouTube nor Facebook are senders of the message. Facebook is simply the means of choice to reach as many users as possible. The people behind it also misuse the name and logo of YouTube in order to achieve their goal.

You should be lured into the trap with a YouTube link sent via Facebook.

YouTube link - what's behind it?

On the Facebook Messenger you get one YouTube linkthat has it all. Because it contains a few words that should make you curious. So either “are you?” Or “there are these ?? [Name of recipient] ”or also“ you? [Recipient's name] ”and“ Look at you ”. The address varies, but should definitely entice you to click on the video link. What can happen if a friend writes a message on Facebook Messenger? Not much, you might think. But we were specifically about to click the link. As long as you've only received the message, nothing has happened yet. But that changes as soon as you follow the link.

YouTube link clicked - phishing threatens

You have that YouTube link Already clicked out of sheer curiosity? Then you have probably landed on a fake Facebook login page where you should enter your personal data in order to log in to Facebook. But do not do this under any circumstances, otherwise you will pass on your data directly to the fraudsters. Classic Phishing so. You can read exactly how phishing works in our guide What is phishing ?.

But it is also possible that you will be redirected to pages with malware, advertising or competitions. It is also possible that the scammers use your account to send them to your friends via messenger YouTube link to send. For the recipient, the message doesn't seem suspicious at first.

YouTube link followed - what to do?

If you hit the YouTube link clicked, then it's time to act quickly. You have to change your password. Even if you haven't entered your details on the fake page, it can't hurt to change your password. But only via the real Facebook login page, please. It is also essential to check all devices to see whether malware has lodged itself. To do this, you absolutely have to have the latest virus protection. If you don't have it, come to PC-SPEZIALIST quickly. With our professional virus removal, we drive every worm and virus off your computer and our virus protection for your computer or your smartphone protects you from new attacks. Of course, you should also include the sender of the YouTube links to inform. He may not even know that his Facebook account has been hijacked by criminals. You can find more information about the dangerous Facebook message in the article Facebook Messenger.

We have already reported on nasty traps on Facebook several times. Be sure to also read our articles on Facebook Video and Fake Sweepstakes.

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29 comments

  1. Short question: If I want to change my other passwords after clicking on such a link and entering my Facebook data, can I be sure that this change in password data is not also "spied on"? :)

    1. Hello Sarah!

      If the criminals have access to your computer, they can of course also see when you change your passwords. Therefore, you should always have passwords via a second device, e.g. Change your smartphone. This is the only way to ensure that your passwords stay with you and are not spied on.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  2. I received the link via messenger, clicked on it and also entered my access data. I was not redirected to an advertising page or the like, my browser prevented that.
    The fake link was also forwarded to all of my facebook friends. My facebook account was then blocked for security reasons, but is now back to normal after I changed my facebook password.
    My virus software does not show any special features on the computer.
    Is there still the possibility that malware has lodged itself somewhere (beyond sending the wrong link on Facebook)?
    And is it necessary to change all other passwords (even if they did not match the Facebook password?)

    1. Hello Lia!

      Basically, it is better if you change all the passwords that you are using now. Only then can you be sure that the criminals cannot hack your accounts. This affects both bank accounts and online shops. Better safe than sorry. If your virus scanner is currently not showing any abnormalities, it is likely that nothing has happened to your computer. Nevertheless, you should definitely repeat the virus scan. You should warn your contacts so that they don't fall for the nasty trap too.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  3. Unfortunately, while half asleep, I also clicked on the link with the YouTube video with my iPhone. I then entered my password, which opened a page with a competition. I reacted immediately afterwards and deleted the page in seconds and deleted my history. Then I changed all my passwords and deleted FB. I also completely reset my iphone. As of now, I have no suspicion of a virus, but I am concerned that I might have one after all. Could it be that ios devices genrel are better protected against viruses?

    1. Hello Ali!

      Overall, iOS is more secure than Android because it is a more closed system. However, that does not mean that hackers do not launch attacks on iOS devices and that they are increasingly successful. If you hadn't reacted so quickly, the criminals would now be in possession of your data. But you did exactly the right thing by changing your passwords as quickly as possible. In addition, you should start your antivirus program to be completely safe. However, you only get 100 percent security if you have your device checked by a professional.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  4. I also received this false YouTube link from a friend on Saturday. Accidentally (because I didn't look carefully) I opened it. But I closed it again after a few seconds and only briefly saw that I should have logged into Facebook again. But I didn't do that. I changed all of my passwords at the same time. I own a Huawei P10 and these phones have a phone manager with a virus scan already installed. I let it go through and no problems were detected. Is this virus protection sufficient or should I have my cell phone checked again by a specialist?

    1. Hello Anja!

      If you want to be on the safe side, you can have your smartphone examined by a professional. However, you acted exactly right and did everything right, so that you are probably not in danger. Of course, we cannot provide a guarantee remotely.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

    1. Hello, Josef,

      Basically, chatting via Facebook Messenger is initially harmless.

      However, the same applies here: watch out for suspicious links or messages from unknown senders, because hackers also try to phishing user data on Facebook Messenger.

      Best wishes,
      your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  5. Unfortunately, I opened the page on two different IPhones - but the page did not open on both devices, instead a white browser window appeared. Can I still be affected?

    1. Hello Elena!

      It is unlikely that you will be affected, but it cannot be ruled out. To be on the safe side, start your antivirus program and be sure to change your Facebook password.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  6. Unfortunately, I followed the link and then entered my Facebook password. Now, of course, I've changed it, including the email password. No links were sent to my friends through my profile. But I'm worried that there might be something on my iOS device that doesn't belong there. As far as I know, there is no virus scanner for iOS. What can I do or do I have to worry at all?

    1. Hello L.,

      changing your passwords is definitely the right step. Basically, the iOS system is considered to be secure because software can only be installed via the Apple App Store, where it is thoroughly checked by Apple. In addition, there are many additional protective mechanisms built into the iOS system that protect your device from viruses. You therefore normally do not need an additional antivirus program for your iPhone / iPad.
      You should, however, observe whether your device suddenly has significantly more battery consumption than usual or has an extremely high system load in the next few days / weeks. In that case, you should have your device examined by a specialist.

      Best wishes,
      your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  7. It happened to me today too, but I clicked it more accidentally. But after less than a second I closed the page again. Do you think something might have happened anyway?

    1. Hello Danny!

      Even if you closed the page immediately, you should change your Facebook password as a precaution, even if you have not entered it on any phishing site. It is also possible that you already have malware on your device. Be sure to check this with a current virus program.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  8. Hello.
    Now it happened to me too. Not paying attention for a second.

    My account on Facebook has been blocked and I am supposed to upload my ID or other document for authentication.

    Is it caused by Facebook or by the hackers.

    I am very insecure now.

    I ran the virus scanner over it. But I already have an old cell phone. What do I have to fear?

    Thank you for your information.

    1. Hello Manu!

      You should definitely inform your contacts that your account has been hacked and warn of false friend requests. You should then report what happened on the Facebook help pages. There you will find out how to proceed.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  9. I stupidly logged in with my mobile phone number and password? I changed it today and ran my virus program. What bad could happen?
    thanks

    1. Hi D!

      If you pass on your data to criminals on the fake page, then they can use your data to send criminals, among other things, false links or spread viruses and malware and thus in turn harm many others, since your friends then apparently receive messages from you and not with you expect criminal attacks on your behalf.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

    1. Hello Sven!

      The sender's account was hacked. The criminals then use the friends list to spread their link.

      Best wishes
      Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

  10. I also clicked it and when I asked my friend via WhatsApp what that was supposed to be and he said that this was a hack, I immediately changed my password and threw the app including the messenger from the cell phone, but it can still be me now got a virus on my phone ???

    1. Hello Ela!

      It is unlikely, but not entirely impossible, that you have a virus on your smartphone. The best thing to do is to start your antivirus program. If you don't have one on your cell phone, you should do it as soon as possible! The best thing to do is to come to PC-SPEZIALIST. Here you can get the latest anti-virus software at a fixed price.

      Best wishes
      Your Pc-SPEZIALIST team

    1. Hi Peter!

      This trick is basically used on all smartphones that have Facebook Messenger. We can't tell you why the trick didn't work in your case. Just this much: I was lucky! Because data theft threatens here!

      Best wishes
      Your Pc-SPEZIALIST team

        1. Hello Salome!

          Of course, deleting the messenger does not protect you from malware that may have already got onto your smartphone. You should definitely start a virus scan here. If you don't have the latest virus protection on your smartphone, be sure to come to PC-SPEZIALIST and get the latest anti-virus software. If you followed the link, you should definitely change your passwords.

          Best wishes
          Your PC-SPEZIALIST team

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