The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about spam links being placed in the comments of its Facebook posts.
“Please note that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT sell mugs, t-shirts, hoodies, and other items with our logo online. These are spam links,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office asks visitors to tag them if they see the links before their Facebook administrator does.
“We just want to make sure you’re each aware of this situation,” the sheriff’s office said. “Some of you have already helped in bringing them to our attention, so thank you for that. Some of the posts are relentless. New profiles but always the same things. Just promise you won’t click them!”
More examples of Facebook spam
The trend of spam Facebook comments seems to be increasing, at least to the naked eye.
Many who visit just about any news media Facebook page have probably seen this one — a comment that includes what appears to be a link from a legitimate news source. But in actuality, it’s probably malicious software sent by spammers intending to infect your computer.
They usually appear on Facebook posts about tragedies such as deaths, car crashes, natural disasters or crime. Most often, they say something like “It’s terrible this happened” or “This is horrible” or “Police just released video of the incident” — sometimes adding the words “GRAPHIC CONTENT” just for extra punch.
The images below are a couple of examples of what these often look like.
It’s meant to look like there is a video for you to watch — to make you think it’s some scene video or a report. The spammer is trying to prey on your curiosity to click the link.
In addition to the comment, be aware of what web link addresses they are attaching. The two most common appear to start with “wee.so” or “kve.so.” But there could be others.
This is happening across the country and malicious actors are getting sneakier and sneakier. The best advice you can follow is simply to not click on the link. And make sure to warn people you know who you think are likely to fall for something like this.
Here is more advice from Facebook on how to handle spam.