1.Your Facebook friend just posted a link: “Miley Cyrus did what at a concert last night?” It’s accompanied by a fuzzy image of a half-Unclad Miley. There’s even a comment—from the same friend who posted it—that says “You guys HAVE to see this.” But click that link and you’ll end up on a shady, virus-ridden website. Then it links to your timeline, repeating the cycle…forever.
It works because … These scams play to our curiosity.
Don’t get scammed: The solution isn’t to never click links again. Just be mindful of links advertising shocking or adult content, because those will often lead to bad—not to mention NSFW—stuff. Still curious? Ask your friend if they meant to post the link. Worst-case scenario: They didn’t, and now you’ve tipped them off to a hijacked account. (more…)