Beware of a new sex tape scam spreading on Facebook featuring US singer Taylor Swift. Thousands of users, particularly curious men, have already shared the scam with friends, so the danger is increasing steadily.
The phony sex tape featuring Taylor Swift leads to a link that Bitdefender blocks as a fraud attempt. Cyber-criminals have crafted the scam so that it registers usersâ€™ IP addresses and shows a message in the userâ€™s language for extra credibility that might help convince victims to send their personal details and money to scammersâ€™ bank accounts.
â€œThe famous singer Taylor Swift had her iPhone hacked Monday and a sex tape between her and former boyfriend Harry Styles has been leaked on the internet,â€ one of the scams reads. â€œTaylorâ€™s publicists are trying to take down all of the websites hosting it, but we found a working one! Watch the video before itâ€™s taken down! CLICK HERE.â€
Clicking the fake URL redirects users to online surveys such as tests that are supposed to show them how smart they are. Though they fill out the surveys, users never get to see the video â€“ in fact, it never existed.
Many surveys ask users for mobile phone numbers, leading to premium SMS scams that will subscribe them to expensive text messaging services. Other surveys redirect them to download dangerous game toolbars and software.
Another celebrity commonly used to promote â€œsex tapeâ€ scams on Facebook is Miley Cyrus. Recently, a post made to resemble a breaking news announcement about a sex tape featuring the American actress and singer brought tagjacking back into the social scam spotlight.
If you donâ€™t want to pay humongous phone bills or have your identity stolen, stay away from â€œsex tapeâ€ scams and warn your Facebook friends not to click on this type of link. They will only boost scammersâ€™ revenues through affiliate marketing schemes, and may even install malware on their computers or Android devices.
Make sure you have installed the Bitdefender free application Safego designed for Facebook and Twitter. It will protect you and your friends from the latest e-troubles: scams, spam, malware and private data exposure.
This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Andrei Serbanoiu, Bitdefender Software Analyst.
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