Ex girlfriend Facebook scams use shocking imagery, but spread quickly

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It’s turning into quite a bad weekend for Facebook with chain lettersphishing attacks and now the promise of hardcore videos being used to spread scams virally across the social network.

The following messages are currently appearing very rapidly. We’ve had to obscure the thumbnails as many people will find them disturbing.

Ex girlfriend video scams on Facebook

Here’s what the messages typically say:

[Video] - This is what Happend to his Ex GirlFriend!
[LINK]
Play Video! She could not walk properly for days!

and

Look what he did after her Ex girlfriend posted on his wall
[LINK]
lol What true pain both are having at this moment.?

Of course, there are people out there who find such links too tempting to resist. Here’s what they’ll see when they click on the link.

Ex girlfriend video scams on Facebook

It’s the latest in a series of Facebook scams which ask you to click on the word “Jaa”.

The victims probably don’t realise that “Jaa” is Finnish for “Share”, and they’re helping the scam spread to their online Facebook friends. Typically such scams end up with you being taken to an online survey that will earn the scammer money.

Can I respectfully suggest that if you keep falling for scams like this, you try and get your kicks elsewhere on the internet? There’s plenty of photos and videos of naked ladies out on the web which you can peruse at your leisure, without the risk of flooding the newsfeeds of your Facebook friends.

I’ve informed Facebook Security about this latest fast-spreading family of scams. Let’s hope they can take swift and decisive action so their users are no longer at risk.

If you got hit by this scam, make sure you have removed the entries from your news feed (to stop them being shared amongst your friends) and check your profile has not any unwanted “Likes” under your “Likes and interests”.

If you use Facebook and want to get an early warning about the latest attacks, you should join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a thriving community of over 90,000 people.

One thought on “Ex girlfriend Facebook scams use shocking imagery, but spread quickly

    Wade said:
    September 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I think what you published was actually very reasonable.

    However, consider this, suppose you were to create a killer title?
    I am not saying your content isn’t solid., but what if you added a post title to maybe get a person’s
    attention? I mean Ex girlfriend Facebook scams use shocking imagery, but spread quickly
    computeraddicted is a little boring. You should peek at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create article titles to get people to click. You might add a video or a pic or two to get people excited about what you’ve
    got to say. Just my opinion, it would make your
    posts a little bit more interesting.

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