How the scam works:
Scammers often post links on Facebook or Twitter, using fake images and titles such as: “Girl killed by husband just because she kissed another men”, “Obama punched a guy”, “Girl kills herself after dad yelling at her”, “Surfer attacked by shark”, or “You won’t believe what this guy did after his girl dumped him”.
Once open, the links are automatically posted on your wall so all your friends believe you recommend the reading. From here, there are several ways you could become a victim.
Just like in the “Video with Latest News” and the “Celebrities on Facebook” scams, clicking the message link will take you to a page which looks exactly like Facebook, but is a fake. A fake video player is also displayed along with an “Update Required” notification. The site asks you to download a Flash Player update in order to watch the video.
Clicking on the “Install” button will install a malware on your computer. This malware program will gather your information (passwords, account numbers), and email them back to the scammer. One of the most notorious one is the Koobface worm, which has earned scammers income mainly through pay-per-install malware.
On the other hand, instead of requiring you to update the Flash player, you might be asked to provide different personal information, such as your cell phone number for an imaginary promotion. You will automatically be registered for Premium Texting, which means you will receive periodical texts for which you have to pay $2/ piece until you opt out.
Other previous similar scams found on Facebook had titles such as:
“Rollercoaster Accident in California” leaked video
“Brother Rapes Sister”
“YEAH! It Happens on Live Television”
“14 Year Old Girls Attack and Strip a 5th Grade Boy”
“Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body”
“HaHa… I Would Hate to Be This Person”
How to avoid:
If you enjoy reading this sort of sensational news, do it on CNN or BBC’s website. You should know by now what a shady link looks like.
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