There is no doubt that social media platforms – such as Twitter and Facebook – can be powerful tools for inspiring generosity. These services have the ability to serve up heart-wrenching photos and desperate pleas for help to our computers and phones. But we’ve often warned that donors should never give through these appeals as they can be created easily by criminals in an attempt to steal your identity and money. And that’s exactly what appears to be happening now on Facebook.
According to ZDNet, there is an appeal circulating on Facebook that asks you to donate to sick children. But the plea is not from a legitimate charity. Rather it is a clever tactic devised by criminals to entice you to provide your credit card number. Go to the ZDNet article to learn more about this virus and how you can clean your computer if you’ve been infected.