Do you have a link on Facebook to see Rihanna’s sex tape? Or a free trip to Disneyland? The latest Facebook scams are leaving social media users angered as they are victims of gimmicks to spread malware on the social network. With so many people unaware that they might be victims, it appears that the con artists who use malware are incorporating names of pop culture artists and mainstay vacation locations to attract attention. According to Tech Digest on Friday, Rihanna continues to be the most tempting celebrity used as a hook for malware delivery via social media.
It sounds crazy, but the unauthorized use of Rihanna’s name has too many people taking a peek at links that cause their computers to shut down. Making it possible to load up malware by just a touch of a button, the results are devastating to the social media user and could cause a massive problem on their computer system.
It previously was that Taylor Swift was used as a hook for malware delivery, but it appears that people have become less interested in the young singer and more interested in Rihanna. The possibility of a naughty tape seen is impossible as it is only a gimmick. Of course it does sound almost too good to be true.
Another popular Facebook scam is the chance to go to Disneyland for free. Offering a trip if the link is clicked, this also is a malware found on Facebook and has caused problems. There is no such thing as a free ride to Disneyland (or so we have been told) and people who see this link should definitely not click to see if they qualify.
According to TG Daily on Saturday, the security expert Bitdefender releases a list of different malware scams on a yearly basis to remind people that even the most advanced social media platform like Facebook still has issues with spam and malware. Cautioning people to only open items that sound real and come from a friend, it appears that an abundance amount of vigilance must be used to avoid being a victim.