Facebook’s no stranger to scams, and a new one hit the site a few days ago that’s been spreading like wildfire – and bringing malware with it. This particularl scam, true to form, comes in the form of a wall post advertising a video that tries to tempt your weaker, sicker side.
The link reads “This woman has a [sic] orgasm on a roller coaster! LOL,” and claims to show you the video in return for filling out a short survey. If you’re even somewhat Internet savvy, you know that when a survey promises to show or give you something that means it’s illegitimate. What makes this particular scam somewhat more convincing (more so for the particular gullible or web-illiterate) is that it first takes users to a faux YouTube page. If you take notice of the URL – which is not YouTube.com – it’s obvious you’re in some dangerous territory.
You’ll also be asked to verify that you aren’t a spammer via a captcha on the page, something YouTube would never require. There’s code in this that will then post the original video link as a comment to you friends’ posts. Submit your text into the captcha and you’re then asked to complete one of a variety of surveys.
This scam is only minimally more sophisticated than most that hit the site, but it’s also a particularly embarrassing one to spam all your friends with.