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Watcha gonna do with all that junk in the trunk?

Don’t get fooled by the title. This is not a diatribe against anyone’s gluteus maximus. It’s just an invitation to imagine that scammy Facebook posts are like countless boxes bearing enticing labels. In this case, it’s not a mere “Fragile” or “This side up”, but cheeky promises about live peep or horror shows.

Ladies and gents, here’s an assortment of videos you MUST see:

a) Sex tapes: today’s celeb victim is Nicki Minaj. If you’re all for a more democratic distribution of public attention and you want each and every citizen of the world to have his/her own leaked sex tape….you’ve got it. It’s a regular two for the price of one offer.

Live streaming variant served straight up:

 b) Incredible fact of the day: puppy maims little girl. The tenderness inherent to the idea of “puppy meets little girl”, the pang of pain the prospective viewer feels when he/she reads that the animal bit the girl in the face….the magic twist of fate: a man-animal friendship that promised to last forever turns to disaster. I’m telling you, this story is a nice candidate for the Pukelitzer prize.

Now that all of these labels are read and the background of our thoughts is the shrieking sound from the shower scene in Psycho, let’s just open one box and see what’s inside.

Wait a minute, this isn’t my video. Disappointed!

Yeah, you’ve got every right to feel this way. The fake YouTube  extension you’re supposed to install next is just going to pimp up each tab you open in your browser with a pinkish matchmaking gizmo (bottom left corner):

To give a nice ending to the junk in the trunk story, you’ll get posts on your wall promoting the scam to your friends (who, as you can see, are tagged in it so they won’t miss it):

Since the launch of the Timeline, your Activity Log is your new best friend when it comes to keeping track of suspicious activity in your account.

One quick look will help you understand what a two-timing pain in the social network account this scam is: meet likejacking and tagjacking combined!

Going back to the “watcha gonna do?” question, here’s our advice: try to stay away from posts promising to deliver this kind of content; do not install unauthorized add-ons/extensions or updates and check your Activity Log regularly, to stay connected to the underground life of  your account.

For more info on the most common types of baits and scam mechanism, you’ve got our posts here and here!

This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Tudor Florescu, BitDefender Online Threats Analyst.

All product and company names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the property of, and may be trademarks of, their respective owners.

About The Author

Ioana Jelea has a disturbing (according to friendly reports) penchant for the dirty tricks of online socialization and for the pathologically mesmerizing news trivia. From gory, though sometimes fake, death reports to nip slips and other such blush-inducing accidents, her repertoire is an ever-expanding manifesto against any Victorian-like frame of thought that puts a strain on online creativity. She would like to keep things simple, but she never does.

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