A spider under the skin? It’s a Facebook survey scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Everyone knows that a fear of spiders is arachnophobia.

Maybe it’s time that we had an official word for a dislike of Facebook survey scams too? There are certainly plenty of people over on the Naked Security page on Facebook who are fed to the back teeth with the scams that spread virally across the social network, tricking users into taking surveys and earning the scammers money.

Here’s the latest – which claims to be a disgusting video of a spider under someone’s skin.

A spider under the skin!
[LINK] Omg so disgusting :s

Other versions can read:

O-M-G – Spider Grows Under Skin – Crazy!
[LINK] Totally Crazy and just a little gross. But still Amazing!

and

GROSS! Spider grows under her skin
[LINK]

and

That’s s0 Gr0ss! Sp!der Und3r…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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