FAKE videos of a celebrity spreading across social media are harming computers, users in Hartlepool and East Durham have been warned.
The new Facebook scam takes advantage of Harry Potter actress Emma Watson’s growing popularity, using the actress as bait.
It starts with a Facebook comment promising to reveal private or leaked videos of the celebrity.
The comments are automatically posted by users already infected with computer-infecting malware, Action Fraud UK, the national fraud and cyber crime-reporting centre, and anti-virus solutions provider Bitdefender have warned.
If the user clicks on the malicious links, they are redirected to a YouTube copycat website.
They are then asked to update their Flash Player, because an error allegedly prevents them from viewing it immediately.
Bitdefender says as well as stealing phone numbers through premium text message scams, the malware disguised as a Flash Player update also changes browser settings not allowing users to see their Facebook activity and settings. Victims of fraud can call Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 or see www.actionfraud.police.uk