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Facebook users have been warned about a scam that could appear in their news feed
Facebook users have been put on alert over the scam which starts off as an article about an alleged celebrity death appearing in their news feed.
The Facebook post shows a fake news article claiming a famous face has died, in these cases Graham Norton and Noel Edmonds according to Lancashire Police.
When Facebook users click on the article they are told their computer has been infected with a virus and that they should call 08000 698 622.
Police have told those affected to NOT call that number and instead immediately close their internet browser and run anti-virus software.
The scam warning was made by Lancashire Police on their Facebook page after receiving calls from concerned residents over the weekend.
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The scam involves a user clicking on a link in Facebook that states a celebrity has died these include Graham Norton and Noel Edmonds
In the Facebook post, a spokesman for the force said: "We have received a few enquires regarding an internet scam that is doing the rounds again on Facebook.
"The scam involves a user clicking on a link in Facebook that states a celebrity has died these include Graham Norton and Noel Edmonds (they haven't), when you click on the link two pop ups will appear claiming that your computer has been infected and that you need to call this number 08000698622 the 2nd will be an American voice stating the same.
"Please do not ring this number, close the windows and run your Anti-virus software to do the check.
"Stay safe and never divulge personal information without checking and knowing that you're speaking to the genuine company."
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People who do end up clicking on the link have been advised to get in touch with Action Fraud – the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.
They can be reached on 0300 123 2040.
The warning was posted on the Lancashire Police Facebook page and has been shared almost 7,000 times.
Lancashire Police warned about the Facebook scam on social media after receiving concerned calls
Facebook users have taken to the social media site after seeing the ‘celebrity death’ scam appear in their news feed.
One user wrote: “If you see a newslink on Facebook saying Graham Norton has died, don't click on it.
“It brings up a vocal warning and a microsoft link saying that your computer has been infected and asks you to enter your Facebook login details.
“The only way to get rid of it is to shut down the internet.”
The Facebook post allegedly shows a fake news article claiming a famous face has died
While another added: “If you can't close the scam tab/page/window on its own, close all web pages (close Google Chrome/Internet Explorer etc totally).
“If that doesn't work, press CTRL, ALT & DEL together and choose TASK MANAGER. Then close Google Chrome etc with that under PROCESSES).”
Express.co.uk has contacted Facebook for comment.