Facebook scam: OMG - I just hate RIHANNA after watching this video

Facebook scam: OMG - I just hate RIHANNA after watching this video

Summary: Scammers are once again using Rihanna's celebrity name to spread their nonsense on Facebook. This time, they are trying to lure you into a survey scam by telling you about a video that doesn't exist.

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Facebook scammers love taking advantage of celebrities like Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Charlie Sheen, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Emma Watson. Their latest target is Rihanna and claims of a video that doesn't exist.

This version says something like "OMG - I just hate RIHANNA after watching this video" followed by a fraudulent link. It also has a juicy description: "you will lost your all respect for RIHANNA after watching this."

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 and Unlike any relevant Pages, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

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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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  • Facebook Scams!@

    Facebook scams or any other kinds, I think everybody should check Scam Detector, an app that Apple released recently. They have hundreds and hundreds of scams exposed, in several industries. For those interested, the app has an online presence as well: www.scam-detector.com
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