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

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.

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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

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

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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  • The last two paragraphs repeat each other....

    ...
    Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • Copy and paste fail.

      Fixed. Thanks!
      Empro
  • 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
    gopaldas17
  • Thank you.

    That's fine, Emil. I understand what you're saying and I appreciate the warning ... but where is the video? ;-)
    wrhs_71