“Brother rapes sister video” scam: Why can’t Facebook stop this?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We see many scams spreading across Facebook every day, but some of them really make us lose our faith in society.. and Facebook itself.

Here’s the latest scam that is spreading rapidly across the network.

ÖMG: BRÔTHËR rãpés hís sïstér –
[LINK] Wâtch thîs shóckîng VÍDÊÕ! Shé wäs hurtïng fór dâys, ånd côuld nòt wãlk!

The most likely way that this scam is spreading is by users choosing to click on the link. Presumably they want to see a video of a man raping his own sister. (There are other ways that the message could be spreading – malware, secret clickjacking, etc – but knowingly clicking seems the most obvious).

That’s a pretty sick and sorry statement on society.

Users who do click on the links are tricked into sharing it further..

.. and then complete an online survey that earn the scammers commission.

So, my faith in Facebook users is shaken a fair amount by scams like this.

But…

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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