In the most recent case of Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her 2-year old daughter, Caylee Anthony, and dumping the child’s body in a wooded area near her house, has been sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 in fine on July 7, 2011. Although Casey Anthony was not guilty of the murder, she was charged for four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
Since the case received national media attention in the US with media calling it “the biggest rating draw in recent memory”, scammers on Facebook have taken full advantage of it by publishing a scam post on Facebook about Casey Anthony confessions and a link to download the video chat app. If you come across these two scam messages, please ignore them or remove/delete them from your Facebook wall.
The scam message titled – “BREAKING NEWS – Leaked Video of Casey Anthony CONFESSING to Lawyer!” with a link and a description – “Click To See (watch) – She can’t be retried, double jeopordy.. OJ all over again!” is one among the fast-spreading scams on Facebook where the scammer promises to show the leaked video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer.
If you happen to click on the link, you will be redirected to the infamous age verification page with the “Jaa” button. Though it is mentioned that you need to click “Jaa” twice to confirm your age, there is no such button anywhere on the page. However, clicking the “Play Video” button will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account which will post and “like” the message automatically on your Facebook wall.
The Finnish translation on “Jaa” is to “Share”. That is exactly what the scam message does when you click on the “Play Video” button. This clearly indicates that the scammer’s intention is to share the message with your friends and not to “verify your age”.
After the message is updated on your wall, you will be redirected to a fake YouTube page asking you to complete a set of surveys after which you will be shown the video.
Please be careful that there is no video shown even after completing the survey. Scammers trick users to complete surveys in order to earn money/commission. Sometimes, scam message may ask you to click on a link to download a video. Trying to download the video or any other files may lead to malware attack that could grant access to all your credentials like credit card details and email id to the scammer.
There is no such video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer that exists. It is recommend that you report the message as spam and remove/delete it from you Facebook wall. You can also report this to Facebook Security.
We have complied a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.
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