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Fresh Scam Targeting Facebook Users, Caution Specialists

According to security researchers, one more Internet scam is targeting users of the popular social network, Facebook. Clevelandleader.com published this on July 10, 2011.

Reportedly, one fraudulent e-mail related to the scam promises a movie file depicting Casey Anthony making her confession before the lawyer that got leaked, with a web-link following the message body.

Notably, earlier during July 2011, it was proved that Casey Anthony wasn't guilty of taking the life of her daughter aged just 2-yrs within a case that Americans are fervently following. And while the media profusely covers the case as well as its outcome, it has opened window for online scammers to exploit the news for personal monetary gains.

Explaining the situation, the researchers state that incase anybody gets tempted and clicks the web-link, he'd find a box verifying his age by displaying an enquiry message, which asks if he has crossed 13-years. Thereafter, it directs him for hitting on the "Jaa" button 2x for confirming his reply so that he can play the movie file.

The researchers explain that since "Jaa" means "Share" in Finnish language, anyone clicking on it actually gives the 'go ahead' for sharing the malicious program with others on the social network.

And if the user continues further, he'll eventually land on a web-page, which looks like YouTube; however, no movie file is found. Instead he'll find still one more Internet survey scam, which produces numerous respondents as well as earnings for the scammers.

Indeed scammers anticipate that users won't be very particular about their security since the web-links apparently arrive from their friends who're obviously trustworthy.

But it's important to think twice prior to following such links. Even while browsing Facebook, if anything appears doubtful, or unbelievably true then it should be avoided, security specialists caution.

They also recommend that website-visitors must be careful while surfing on Facebook, since scams proliferate on the social-networking site like they were uncontrollable. Additionally, they further urge users for examining their own profile pages for ensuring that they aren't disseminating the scam, while also contacting the Security Team of Facebook if they think there's a scam to report.

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