Halloween is just around the corner, and although you鈥檙e probably busy preparing your costume,聽your party or your snacks, there鈥檚 a much spookier issue lurking under our noses. (Bum bum bum鈥) There鈥檚 a new scam circulating around Facebook that uses your profile picture to steal $$$ from your friends and fam. Not cool!

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Basically, the scammer steals your profile pic, name and any identifying features that are up on Facebook to create an entirely new profile that looks like you. Then they鈥檒l send friend requests to your friends. Once your friend accepts, the scammer will hit them up on Messenger and talk cute for a while (as you) and then hit them up and ask for money.

Eeek, nothing scarier, right? But there鈥檚 a super simple way to keep yourself protected from this Facebook identity theft. Head over to your settings and do a 鈥減rivacy checkup鈥 just to see who is able to view what you鈥檙e posting.聽As always, be super careful about what you鈥檙e posting online. Keep your posts鈥 audience limited to friends and you should be in the clear.

And if one of your friends suddenly makes a new account, requests you and asks for money, you know what to do. Keep your Halloween聽zero tricks and all treats.

Have you seen the scam in action? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Popsugar; photos via Getty)