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Porsha Williams Sex Video scam spreads on Facebook – don’t be duped!

Definition of fraud

Fans of tacky reality TV shows should be on their guard, after a scam has spread widely on Facebook claiming to be a link to a sex tape video of one of the stars of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Here’s the background.

A couple of weeks ago, police were allegedly called to the recording of the Real Housewives reunion show, after a fight broke out between two reality “stars”: Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore.

If you can bear to watch the histrionics, here is footage of the cat-fight:

Now fraudsters are playing on the gullibility of devoted reality TV fans, by claiming that one of the combatants (Kenya Moore) has released a sex tape of her rival Porsha Williams as a form of revenge:

OMG Kenya Moore Leaked Porsha Williams Sextape Because of their brawl

porsha is so much angry after watching this


Other versions of the scam may read:

OMG Porsha Williams Sextape Leaked by Ex-Boyfriend

If you make the mistake of clicking on one of these links, however, you are taken to a fake Facebook page which tells you you can only view the “restricted” video content if you share the link with your online Facebook friends first.

In this way, the scammers aim to dupe users into spreading their link far and wide. Sadly it seems many people are prepared to share a link on Facebook *before* they have actually checked what the link is pointing to.

In this case, if you do make the mistake of sharing the link, you are taken to a bogus YouTube page, which asks you to complete an online survey before you can watch the video.

In the example above, victims are told they need to verify their age before viewing the salacious video, and are offered the promise of winning Apple or Samsung products as prizes if they participate in a survey.

So, how do the scammers make their money?

Well, they earn affiliate cash each and every time someone makes the mistake of completing one of the surveys. The victims don’t get to see a sex tape at the end of it, but the fraudsters have made themselves that little bit richer, and the link has been shared further across Facebook.

In the worst cases, the outcome of the attack may not just be more money in the pockets of internet scammers – but also the delivery of malware onto the visiting computers of innocent users.

Typically the scammers will use sensational breaking news stories, free $500 gift cards for high street brands, ways to increase follower counts, or the promise of naked videos to trick the unwary into clicking on their links.

Always think twice about the links that you click on and share via social networks. Products like Bitdefender Safego can protect your Facebook account from all sorts of online threats, including malicious links and scams.

About the author


Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher and public speaker. He has been working in the computer security industry since the early 1990s, having been employed by companies such as Sophos, McAfee and Dr Solomon's. He has given talks about computer security for some of the world's largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats.

Graham Cluley was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011, and was given an honorary mention in the "10 Greatest Britons in IT History" for his contribution as a leading authority in internet security.

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