As already reported earlier this week, scammers immediately began taking advantage of the news that the US recently conducted a raid to kill 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Just like with previous scams, they are leveraging Facebook with sensational headlines to target ignorant victims.
There is, however, a curious new type of scam in addition to the one I already covered. This version says something along the lines of â€œWatch the Osama Shoot down videoâ€ or â€œOsama Dead – Censored Video Leakedâ€ followed by a link. According to Sophos, it even has the description of â€œOsama is dead, watch this exclusive CNN video which was censored by Obama Administration due to level of violence, a must watch. Leaked by Wikileaks.â€
Once again, instead of the supposed shocking video you are instead presented with a survey which you are told you must complete before you can go any further. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed.
The user does not realize that just like with previous Facebook scams, sharing the link with others just helps spread it further across the social network. As far as theyâ€™re concerned, they are just following a sequence of instructions and keyboard presses to watch the video.
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