Girl Committed Suicide Before a Cam scam gets personal on Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Every day the team at Naked Security is deluged with emails from Facebook users reporting the latest scams that they have seen spreading via the social network.

Although we write about some of these, we simply don’t have enough hours in the day to document all of them – so we try to stick to the ones that are particularly widespread or worthy of interest.

This morning I came across a Facebook scam which used a slightly different piece of social engineering to trick you into participating in its revenue-generating online survey.

As you’ll have noted if you have been reading our recent articles, we’ve noticed a rise in the number of Facebook users whose accounts are spreading messages regarding a supposed webcam video of a girl committing suicide.

Here’s an example of just such a scam that we saw this morning…

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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