Facebook scam: Dad catches daughter stripping on webcam

Filed Under: Facebook, Rogue applications, Social networks, Spam

How low is a Facebook scammer prepared to go? Here's a pretty sick rogue application that we've seen affecting some users of the world's most popular social network, leading to the all too familiar money-making survey scam at the end.

Dad catches Daughter stripping on Webcam updates

OMG she is so busted!! Dad catches Daughter on Webcam! [LINK]

Hmm. It would be nice to think that no-one would be interested in clicking on a link like that. But human nature being what it is, some folks (guys in particular I would guess) might be tempted to find out more and find they aren't able to show some restraint.

So, what does happen if you click on the link?

First thing you'll see is this splash screen (I've used some pixelation to protect the innocent):

Dad catches Daughter stripping on Webcam splash screen

If you are still tempted to click further, you'll be asked by a rogue Facebook application to grant permission for it to be able to post to your wall.

Dad catches Daughter stripping on Webcam app

By the way, it's not just your personal Facebook page that the app will be able to post updates to - it will also be able to publish to any pages you might be responsible for, which could prove highly damage if you administer a Facebook page for your firm.

So, after all this, do you get to see the video?

Dad catches Daughter stripping on Webcam survey

Nope. Instead, you'll be greeted by a survey. And this survey makes money for the scammers behind the scheme as they earn commission for every survey completed.

Worse still, your Facebook account has already been abused by the rogue application which has posted a message about the dad catching his daughter stripping on a webcam for all of your Facebook friends to see.

Dad catches Daughter stripping on Webcam messages

Wow she got caught so dirty.

Busted!! Dad Catches Daughter on Webcam!
Do not watch unless 18+
Content is graphic. Watch at your own risk!

In this way the scam spreads virally, attempting to earn as much money as possible for the survey scammers.

I know there will be people out there who feel that anyone who clicks on links like this deserve everything they get, but that doesn't mean the rest of us should be bombarded by spammy messages on Facebook just because some of our online friends have turned out to be a littel bit seedy.

We've seen cybercriminals use grubby themes like this to spread their attacks, and no doubt we'll see them again. Human nature isn't going to change and people will carry on clicking on them unless they're educated about the threats. Of course, it wouldn't do any harm if Facebook could work a little harder at preventing scams like this occurring in the first place.

If you have been hit by scams like this on Facebook, and are struggling to clean-up your profile, here's a YouTube video I made which describes what steps you need to take:

(Enjoy this video? You can check out more on the SophosLabs YouTube channel and subscribe if you like)

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4 Responses to Facebook scam: Dad catches daughter stripping on webcam

  1. I kinda translated it, and reposted in Danish, on my own blog (:
    http://160aboveground.blogspot.com/2011/02/hej-fa...

    Just wanted to tell you (:

  2. Harry · 1297 days ago

    Use Web-Of-Trust add on to avoid such scams. A red warning indicates dangerous stuff

  3. Guest · 1297 days ago

    Anytime one of those things shows up I know it is a scam, but if it is a video I might be interested in seeing I just go directly to google and search for the content. Sometimes I find the real video sometimes nothing.

  4. common brains · 1015 days ago

    why does anyone like stuff like this! only freaks, thats who!

    if you are smart you don't look at or post stuff like that, duh

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