‘OMG!! This Mother Went to Jail’ Facebook scam spreads virally

'OMG!! This Mother Went to Jail' Facebook scam spreads virally

Today on Facebook many users are spreading a message which claims to link to a picture that caused a mother to be sent to jail.

OMG!! Guys, you have to see this: This mother went to jail  for taking this pic of her son!

OMG!! Guys, you have to see this: This mother went to jail for taking this pic of her son! —> http://is.gd/dzFCc

However, if you click on the link you are taken to a Facebook page which tricks you into sharing the link with all of your online friends with the promise of seeing the “OMG!!” picture.

The following video explains in more detail what happens if you make the mistake of clicking on the link:

The page is quite insistent, by the way, that you should share the link with your Facebook pals.

Don't back out

As usual, the people behind this promotion are more interested in you sharing their link around (which will help them earn some survey commission and benefit those behind the surveys as they grab your personal information) than actually showing you anything of interest.

I really feel like despairing that the general public will ever learn to avoid dodgy links like this. Far too many people are prepared to endorse and share links on Facebook without properly thinking about what they are doing. In this case they’re doing it before they have any clue about what lies behind the page.

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If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats.

Update: I’m also seeing messages spreading a very similar scam virally via Facebook claiming that McDonald’s might shut down:

OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this! –> http://is.gd/dzFvo

McDonald's might shut down

Clicking on the link to see “why McDonald’s might soon shut down” takes you to another Facebook page which promises to make your “jaw drop to the floor”.

McDonalds might shut down Facebook page

Facebook’s security team has been informed about both of these attacks, and we hope they will be shut down soon. But doubtless there will be plenty of others to take their place, so stay on your guard.

Be careful out there folks.


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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