A Facebook scam from 2 years ago has resurfaced, that attempts to get users to click on a fake video of a girl in a bikini. There is no video, and the link instead will spam your friends with the same message, and attempt to get you to complete a commercial survey.
This kind of scam is not new to Facebook, but there always seem to be enough users willing to click on fake links tp keep them alive. This scam link is sometimes called “During the summer holidays, this girl took the opportunity to do something unheard of! I bet no one can do the same”, “Look what this girl is wearing at the beach in front of thousands of people” or “Look what this girl wore to the beach!”
When a user clicks the link, they will be asked to share the story and complete a survey before they can see the video. The scammers make money by collecting royalties every time a survey is completed.
You can assume that any similar sounding link will be the same. This type of ‘clickbait’ spam, headlines or images that entice users to click is often successful. Unfortunately some legitimate stories shared on Facebook use similar tactics to scammers, like the hugely popular Upworthy links. It’s important users keep their wits about them before blindly clicking a link apparently shared by a friend.
A good rule of thumb would be ‘never click on stories about girls in bikinis’, but it seems plenty of people just can’t resist.
As we see these scams go round and round on Facebook, it might be time for the social network to look more closely about how to stop them in their tracks.