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Facebook users have been alerted about a malware scam in which you receive Messenger messages from your friends with a link to a ‘YouTube video’.

The message sent via Facebook Messenger contains a bit.ly or t.cn link and the recipient’s first name plus the word “video”, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Once you click on the link you’re directed to a Google Doc page with what looks like a playable movie.

But when you try to click on the video, the malware directs a Facebook user to a series of websites and tracks sensitive information about the computer.

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The page that appears after clicking on the link in Messenger message varies depending on the browser, location and operating system.

One page that appeared while using Google Chrome was a fake YouTube channel page with the YouTube logo.

Once on the page a fake error message tries to trick the user to download a malicious Google Chrome extension.

The Facebook scam was discovered by David Jacoby, a senior security researcher at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Jacoby had been sent the malware scam in a Facebook Messenger message by someone on his Friends list that he rarely interacts with.

In a blog post, he said: “One good thing about having a lot of Facebook friends is that you simply act as a honey pot when your friends click on malicious things.

“A few days ago I got a message on Facebook from a person I very rarely speak to, and I knew that something fishy was going on.

“After just a few minutes analysing the message, I understood that I was just peeking at the top of this iceberg.

“This malware was spreading via Facebook Messenger, serving multi platform malware/adware, using tons of domains to prevent tracking, and earning clicks.

“The code is advanced and obfuscated.”

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