A new video scam is reportedly spreading on Facebook which promises to show a video of a wardrobe malfunction during a live beauty contest.
The scam titled “Most embarrassing moment ever in Beauty Contest” comes with a message that states – “Poor girl makes the biggest mistake of her life on a live Beauty contest!!.” and a link to a bogus web page. Clicking the link will take you to the site, where you will notice a fake video player. The play button is hard coded to pop a message which indicates that you need to “Share” the video before you can watch it.
This will cause the same scam message to spread across your Facebook Wall and spam your Facebook friends. However, after you have shared the video, you will be asked to complete a set of surveys, but there is NO video shown.
Please beware that the website you are visiting might silently download malicious programs without your knowledge. These malware programs are designed to gather user information including email ids, user names, passwords and credit card details.
Facebook partnered with WebSense, a web security firm which promised to identify fake URLs and warn users about it. Despite that, I did not receive any warning message. However, my anti-virus found out that the web page that I was visiting posed some serious threat to my system.
It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.
Here is an article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.
You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.