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A Facebook virus that targets bank accounts

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Imagine waking up to find that your bank account is empty.

An old virus that's recirculating the web could cause just that, and industry experts are warning it's popping up on Facebook.

The virus is known as "Zeus." It's believed to have been created by a Russian criminal gang. It's spread through phishing messages – like when you automatically send friends weird messages or links.

Those messages usually contain ads telling friends to check out a video or product.

Do not click on them, industry experts say.

If you click on the Zeus virus, it is designed to steal your password and drain your bank account.It stays dormant on your computer until you log into your bank.

Sometimes it even replaces your bank's website with its own version so it can try and obtain more information – like a social security number.

The FBI and Facebook is investigating.

Experts say make sure you pay close attention to what you click. It appears the virus can only affect Windows computers. And it's also helpful to check with your bank on the safest way to log into your account.

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