Facebook scam: [Video] – Look what this girl is wearing at the beach in front of thousands of people!

Summary:Scammers are once again trying to pique Facebook users' curiosity with claims of a video that doesn't exist. Instead of a video, you're told to fill out a survey and share the scam with friends.

Facebook scammers are once again trying to take advantage of curious users who want to see a juicy video. This time it's a woman who apparently did something unheard of on a beach. This is a scam. There is no video. Don't click it, don't Like it, and don't Share it.

This particular scam says something along the lines of "[Video] - Look what this girl is wearing at the beach in front of thousands of people!" followed by a fraudulent link. It also has the following description: "During the summer holidays, this girl took the opportunity to do something unheard of! I bet no one can do the same."

The link takes you to what appears to be a video embedded on what looks like a Facebook webpage. Both are fake. The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. You're also told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends, as well as add a comment. The next webpage urges you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service, complete an online survey, and/or buy some pills. Last but not least, they also use the scams to spread malware and obtain personal information.

As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your Messages and Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up, Unlike all relevant Pages, and uninstall all relevant Apps, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topics: Security, Social Enterprise

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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