“Jackie Chan Died” Scam Used to Hijack Facebook Accounts

Schemes that leverage the death hoax are still making the rounds

Scam posts that claim Jackie Chan is dead have been making the rounds for the past few weeks trying to lure users to all sorts of malicious websites. A perfect example has been spotted by Zscaler researchers.

Experts have found a page that displays a fake YouTube video titled “Jackie Chan died after perfecting a deadly stunt. Jackie Chan falls from a building of 12 floors.”

When the play button is clicked, victims are taken to a bogus Facebook page where they’re asked to verify their age.

How? By clicking on a link, copying a piece of code that’s allegedly an “activation code,” and pasting it into a dedicated textbox.

What victims don’t know is that the “activation code” actually contains their authentication token. The scammers can use the authentication token to hijack the user’s Facebook account and post on their behalf.

Fortunately, in this case, Facebook has flagged the malicious website. However, users are advised to be on the lookout for such schemes since others can emerge at any time.

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