I’ve seen many friends on Facebook posting supposed links to crazy videos or “rare” items in Facebook games which just aren’t what they say they are. I’ve been bitten myself, but it’s usually curiosity of the “how does this scam work” variety more than “I want to look at this crazy video.”
Most of the time, when you click on the link, it takes you to some web site with what looks like a video player on it. When you click on the player, you’re “invited” to take a survey or something so you’ll get access to the video. I’ve never gone through the survey process myself so I don’t know how it plays out from there, but I have had posts from my Facebook account just from clicking on the supposed video player. You can see it doesn’t take much to get hit by one of these.
What can you do?
The first place I go to satisfy my curiosity is the Bypass Fan Pages site. You can search for the video or list or whatever there to see what the content really is. I’ve yet to see what which held up to the extreme of the headline. I’ve also seen many with a review indicating no actual content after you complete the task.
Another thing you can do is to install MyPageKeeper on your Facebook profile. This was developed by a team of students at the University of California at Riverside. An article about the app is here. I’ve installed it on my profile so I can see how well it works. I could use some additional feedback from my readers as well.
CNet has another article here on Facebook malware here.
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