Leaked video of Casey Anthony confessing? Facebook scam spreads quickly

It’s yet another weekend of fast-spreading scams on Facebook, with this time the promise of a leaked video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer.

Casey Anthony confesses to lawyer in leaked video. Facebook scam

BREAKING NEWS - Leaked Video of Casey Anthony CONFESSING to Lawyer!
Click To See - She can't be re-tried, double jeopordy.. OJ all over again!

Casey Anthony was found not guilty earlier this month of murdering her two year old daughter, in a case which has gripped America.

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With such huge media interest in the case and its outcome, scammers have leapt upon the opportunity to take advantage for their own financial ends.

If you make the mistake of clicking on the links spreading across Facebook, you will be taken to an all-too-familiar sight:

Casey Anthony confesses to lawyer in leaked video. Facebook scam

“Jaa”, as regular readers of Naked Security know, is Finnish for “Share”. The scammers want you to help them spread the link far and wide by getting you to Share it with your Facebook friends and family.

Remember – you’re being asked to do this before you see any video. If one of your Facebook friends see that you have shared the link via your newsfeed, they might believe that you are endorsing the claim that this is a video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer – and click on it themselves.

Because you’ll ultimately be taken to a page which pretends to be YouTube, but is really designed to trick you into taking a survey that earns commission for the scammers.

Casey Anthony confesses to lawyer in leaked video. Facebook scam

In other words, the more traffic they bring to the survey page – by tricking you into sharing it – the more money they could make.

It goes without saying, of course, that the scammers do not have a video of Casey Anthony confessing to her lawyer. Ultimately they point you to a TV news report of Casey Anthony being told she is not guilty of murder.

If you got hit by this scam, make sure you have removed the entries from your news feed (to stop them being shared amongst your friends) and check your profile does not have any unwanted “Likes” under your “Likes and interests”.

If you use Facebook and want to get an early warning about the latest attacks, you should join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a thriving community of over 100,000 people.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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