E-Threats Social Networks

Beware of Taylor Swift ‘Sex Tape’ Leaked on Facebook!

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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 users’ IP addresses and shows a message in the user’s language for extra credibility that might help convince victims to send their personal details and money to scammers’ bank accounts.

Beware of Taylor Swift `Sex Tape’ Leaked on Facebook! The messages spreading on Facebook claim Taylor Swift‘s iPhone has been hacked, and users can watch an exciting video leaked from her phone on the Internet.

Beware of Taylor Swift `Sex Tape’ Leaked on Facebook! “The 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,” one of the scams reads. “Taylor’s publicists are trying to take down all of the websites hosting it, but we found a working one! Watch the video before it’s taken down! CLICK HERE.”

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 – in fact, it never existed.

Beware of Taylor Swift `Sex Tape’ Leaked on Facebook! 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.

Beware of Taylor Swift `Sex Tape’ Leaked on Facebook! Another celebrity commonly used to promote “sex tape” 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 don’t want to pay humongous phone bills or have your identity stolen, stay away from “sex tape” scams and warn your Facebook friends not to click on this type of link. They will only boost scammers’ 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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About the author


Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who's always on to a cybertrendy story. She's the industry news guru, who'll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.


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