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

Graham Cluley

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!

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…

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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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