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Scammers target Twitter users with Facebook video

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The Better Business Bureau has a warning for Twitter users. If you get a direct message alerting you of an embarrassing video of yourself, do not click the link.

The Facebook video link will want you to update your video Flash Player but when you do, it'll give your system a virus.

"It's an old trick, one of the oldest tricks in the book. It's trying to get you to download or install something that you shouldn't be," said Computer technician Aaron Heidlebaugh.

It may be an old trick but a lot of people are still falling for it. Once the virus gets into the computer it can start following your every move, then take all your personal information and send it to someone else.

"So, if you're doing online banking, they could be grabbing credit card codes or passwords for websites, emails, a lot of different things," said Heidlebaugh.

The Better Business Bureau has put out the warning. They believe once you get the virus  it could take a few months before they start attacking your bank accounts and using your passwords.

"They're very good, very subtle, and they're going to get you," said Tom Gallagher with the BBB.

Fixing a sick computer can be expensive; a couple hundred dollars down the drain if you're not careful. Computers these days come with virus protection, but if you don't have it and want to install it. don't spend more than $50. That too may be a scam.

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