Facebook fraudsters are again using the promise of sexy, scantily clad young women to lure in victims.
Researchers at the British security firm Sophos noticed a new campaign working its way around Facebook promising to show a video of a girl in a short skirt doing something scandalous as her dad walks in on her.
The link, purporting to be from BBC News, comes with the enticing title, “Everyone do check what she did on cam...” followed by a shortened URL.
Web surfers eager to satisfy their curiosity are then taken to a fake YouTube video that, according to the instructions, can only be viewed by filling out a survey — which generates money for the scammers.
More than 77,000 people have already viewed the YouTube page, Sophos’ Chester Wisniewski reported, meaning that people’s desire to share in the public embarrassment of others is outweighing the inconvenience caused by the survey.
But in the end, even after filling out the survey, there is no video.
A similar “likejacking” scam — in which users are tricked to “like” a particular page set up by the scammers — is also spreading on Facebook, blasting people’s Facebook walls with posts that read, “Dad walks in on daughter...EMBARRASING!!!”
The Facebook page set up for this particular scam has nearly 50,000 "likes," Wisniewski said.
It’s no surprise Facebook scam artists are using sexy videos to attract attention. Late last year, a phishing scam claiming to have a scandalous video of Miley Cyrus drew widespread attention.
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