If you’re like most people, you use Facebook in some form, and cybercriminals know this. The latest scam to erupt onto the social media network is a variant of the Citadel malware that pulls at users’ heart strings by asking that they donate money to a charity to help sick children.
Once the malware finds its way onto your computer, it overrides your current Facebook session and delivers a pop-up requesting that you donate to the cause. Any information you enter at this point is likely to be stolen thus putting your personal information at risk.
The malware has been coded so that it conforms to the Facebook user’s language. The English version of the attack can be see below.
You can save a life with only $1. When you give to HPC, 99% of every dollar “cash plus gifts-in-kind” goes directly to programs that serve the poorest child in Haiti. We work currently with two orphanages and elementary school, we are seeking donations. Please donate and help us spread the word to your friends, families, etc. Click to donate to make a difference! All you give, they’ll be much appreciated. We appreciate your interest and hope that you will open your hearts and donate to better the lives and futures of those in need. If you have any questions before you donate please do not hesitate to contact us. We treat personal information with the utmost respect for your privacy. Click the button above. Thank you.
Most charities don’t typically request donations on Facebook and are likely to have an official website or Facebook page, so make sure that you do your homework before providing any personal information. If you see the scam or know someone who has been a victim, you can report the attack to Facebook Security.