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Cyber experts warn of Facebook link scams

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Checking Facebook has become part of many people's daily lives, but cyber experts warn that the links you are sent and even friend requests could open you up to trouble.

Experts say it's not safe to always trust what you seen online, even if it's within your social network.

"There's an element of trust that exists on social networking, such as Facebook or any of the social networking platforms. And the big thing right now is there's a lot of account takeovers," said Scott Augenbaum, who investigates cyber crimes for the FBI.

Augenbaum says he's seen many people get ripped off.

"The bad guys are running lots and lots of scams out there, and every day we're getting multiple phone calls from individuals here locally who are losing a lot of money," he said.

Recently, a Rutherford County woman made a call to Murfreesboro police when, according to reports, a friend of the woman reached out to her on Facebook and shared how she could get the government help to pay off student loan debt.

The woman reportedly followed the directions and sent off the money, only to later learn that her friend's Facebook account had been hacked.

"There's a lot of account takeovers, so that means when someone's account gets taken over by a bad guy - an evildoer, as I like to call them - you actually believe that you are talking to your friend," Augenbaum said.

Experts say no one should ever ask for money on Facebook and to be wary of links that are sent.

"We tend to rely on technology for so much for our everyday life, but at the same time, we're looking at transnational criminal enterprises in Eastern Europe that are having a field day getting into our information systems here," Augenbaum said.

Facebook and email users who receive strange links are advised by experts to quickly change the password for the account on another computer.

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