How the naked, dirty and downright ugly bring in the cash for cyber criminals

I recently blogged for IT Governance about common Facebook scams and how easy it is to exploit people’s curiosity, naivety and natural instinct to access their personal information.

The all-time top scam guaranteed to get the most clicks is ‘Guess who viewed your profile?’

Now a new campaign, the ‘10 Hottest Snapchats’, has reached the number two spot in the most popular Facebook scams, according to Bitdefender.

The “10 Hottest Snapchats” scam, purportedly aimed at a male audience, is apparently flooding social networks, with one website already clocking up over 75,000 Facebook likes and 4,771 Twitter followers.

Other popular new scams include typical elements that work effectively as bait on the Internet, such as ‘leaked work selfies’ and ‘sexy shoots of girls taken by their boyfriends’.

Facebook now has more than 1.35 billion users and the site’s popularity is fertile territory for cyber criminals. These criminals hope to get people to log onto fraudulent websites, where the attacker can perform various nefarious activities.

The danger in the fraudulent websites that these scams lead to is that they can subject victims to identify theft and financial losses, or automatically install malicious malware or Trojans.  Household computers are particularly susceptible, with teenagers often less aware of the common dangers of cyber crime.

Bitdefender warns that victims of such scams are usually automatically subscribed to money-making surveys and redirected to other scams promising electronics or amazing diet pills.

Video scams featuring tabloid-like titles and promising horrific scenes will continue to affect curious users this year, experts have warned.

One such Facebook scam currently doing the rounds is a ‘Guy Removes Blackhead’ post.

This scam requires the user to install a video plugin.  The plugin is a malware program that can take over your browser, display malicious advertisements and interfere with your computer’s security settings, according to Hoax-slayer.

The scam website will also try to get you to provide your personal information via several online surveys.

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