Dancing Snowman storms its way across Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Right now, many Facebook users are seeing messages from their online friends saying:

wow I just got a Free Dancing Snowman for my farm grab yours from [LINK]

If you click on the link you are taken to a Facebook page which says “Yeehaw! The raving snowman – Click on him if he dances you can adopt him free”.

Sure enough, if you click on the image of the snowman he will dance as though he’s listening to early 1990s acid house music.

All very amusing, and no doubt some people will be tempted to “claim” the snowman and click further.

Doing so will present a page which asks you if you want to republish information about the dancing snowman on your Facebook page.

If you decline, you’re told you won’t be able to have the dancing snowman until you’ve republished news of him to your Facebook friends. So, frankly, you’ll have to choose – you either have to share information about the dancing snowman or lose the chance to “adopt” him.

That’s probably…

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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