A Fake News Crime Post Will Steal Your Information If You Click On It

It's a trap. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Don't click on this fake news. According to CBS46, an eye-catching crime story on Facebook is not what it seems. The article, "2 Moms, 5 Kids Killed in Car Crash in Butts County," is an online scam which could make you vulnerable to hackers. 

The link redirects users to a site called "Newsrooms dot info." Not only is this not a real news source but authorities believe clicking it enables hackers to access personal information. At least 25 calls have come into the Georgia county's sheriff's office following this post. 

Jeff Nix of the Butts County Sheriff's Office hasn't been able to find any information on the fake site. "They're tracking your movement so delete your browsing history and change your password on your Facebook account," he advises.

CBS46 reports that the site is believed to be an overseas operation. Computer expert Ralph Girard explained what could be happening: "This is a trap to get you once you open it, you're already in there. Something like this I advise anyone don't even bother with it just close the computer and turn off your wi-fi." He advises users to get their computers professionally looked at in that event.

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