EastEnders baby swap plot exploited by Facebook scammers

Are you a fan of EastEnders? Are you on the edge of your seat wondering if Kat will get her baby back? If so, you could be a prime target for the latest scam spreading across Facebook.

The BBC soap opera set in the fictional east London suburb of Walford, has been a ratings hit in the UK for 25 years – helped, in no small part, by its ability to grab newspaper headlines with its misery-filled plotlines.

Now, I must admit that I don’t watch EastEnders. And when we asked colleagues at Sophos if they watched EastEnders they all denied it too. However, it turns that “their partners do watch it” (yeah, right..) and so I was able to glean the following:

“Ronnie stole Kat’s baby when her own died of cot death (both women had children at the same time). Kat was left with a dead baby – funeral followed – Ronnie is now going slowly insane dealing with the guilt of what she has done.”

“In a nutshell….Ronnie has a baby on the same day as one of her…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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