Scam Signature Message:
Dad walks in on daughter…EMBARRASING!!!
This really has to be an awkward moment.
Scam Type: Survey Scam, Rogue Application
Trending: June 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking on the Wall post link takes you to the follow page:
Clicking “Share on Facebook” loads the following screen:
Once you click the “Share Link” button you will be spreading this spam to all of your friends. Don’t be so quick to share suspicious items on Facebook. After sharing the link, you are presented with the main page once again. When you click to play the video, you won’t see some perverted video footage – instead you’ll be greeted with a Facebook survey scam. This scam is spreading virally by users willingly following the scammer’s directions. We have also seen some rogue applications in use as a propagation mechanism.
How to Deal with the Scam:
You need to clean up your Facebook account by removing the post from your Newsfeed and marking the post as Spam. Do this by clicking the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post.
Never complete surveys to unlock videos or other content on Facebook. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Don’t pad their pocket and possibly open yourself up to harm!
Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Never do this! If you did so in error, then run a complete system scan with a good anti-virus software program. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. The scammers then bill you for premium services. Keep an eye on your phone bill for bogus charges.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues. Also check out:
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams like this.
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