Video fan or scammer? Survey spam on YouTube

Graham Cluley

One of the themes that has been coming through loud and clear in the security world for the last few months has been the use by scammers of revenue-generating surveys.

I’ve reported about many of these on the Clu-blog, mostly impacting Facebook users, where unsuspecting computer owners click on a link shared with them via the social networking site only to discover that they have to complete a survey before seeing some typically salacious content. The scammers, meanwhile, earn their crust by receiving a small commission for each survey that is completed.

These survey scams, however, are not just limited to Facebook.

Here’s a message I received via the SophosLabs YouTube channel, for instance:

At first glance you may feel flattered that someone has…

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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