Cybercriminals have often attempted to trick users into visiting their malicious websites by promising them adult tapes featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. While the two were separated, the scams appeared to have died out, but now that they’re back together, social media sites are once again flooded with such schemes.
GFI Labs researchers report that a large number of Facebook posts and tweets are currently making the rounds, trying to trick unsuspecting internauts into clicking on a link.
Those who fall for it are taken to a website called Instagram Videos, where they’re urged to share the page on Twitter or Facebook in order to gain access to the clip.
This is a great way to make sure that a large number of users advertise their malicious website, without knowing that they’re actually contributing to a spam campaign.
In the next phase, victims are asked to complete a survey. This is allegedly needed to prove that they’re human.
At this point, there’s nothing out of the ordinary. A classic survey is presented, promising users all sorts of fruit-branded products in return for the completion of several offers.
Experts advise users to be cautious when presented with such websites. No matter how much information you provide, or how many surveys you complete, you will never gain access to the much promised video footage and you’ll never win any prizes.
The only ones who gain something are the crooks that run the scheme.
Fortunately, the website that the spammy links point to has been taken down by the host. However, that doesn’t mean this is the end of the scam since the cybercriminals can easily set up another domain and reinitiate the plot.