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New Year Selena Gomez Facebook Scam

So its the start of 2012 and the first of many Facebook scams has begun.  It involves Selena Gomez and tempts you to see some ‘possibly’ naughty video leaked.

The link includes the words:

Selena Gomez Caught On (LEAKED Tape) 
 you will lost your all respect for Selena Gomez after watching this

Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following page designed to look like Facebook:

Clicking the play button loads a “share” box allowing you to spread the scam message to your friends. The following survey scam also loads:

**Note – Scams like this often use multiple domains, so you may see a variation in the landing pages and scam messages.

Dealing with the Scam:

If you did make the mistake of sharing the scam link, then you are now spamming your friends with the very same message. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).

Never complete surveys to unlock videos or other content on Facebook. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Don’t pad their pocket and possibly open yourself up to harm!

Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Never do this! If you did so in error, then run a complete system scan with a good anti-virus software program. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. The scammers then bill you for premium services. Keep an eye on your phone bill for bogus charges.

TopShop Facebook Scam

Only the other week I reported about the Tesco, Argos and ASDA Facebook scams that were circulating.  They were offering you money in return for ‘Liking’ them on Facebook.


The scam detailed here has shown up again, this time using TopShop as the famous retailer how is ‘supposedly’ offering money, however do not do as they ask as you will not be getting anything in return.  Read my early post about the Tesco, Argos and ASDA scam