Why? Scammers make a commission off the online surveys people are all-too-willing to complete in hopes of viewing the alleged video.
Here’s the Facebook wall post reeling victims in:
DEMI MOORE CATCHES ASHTON KUTCHER CHEATING ON VIDEO
The real reason Demi Moore is divorcing Ashton! Caught redhanded, cheating with a stripper
Keep in mind that more than one domain name is currently being used in this scam, which makes it difficult for Facebook to block users from sharing it since the blocks are URL based.
Upon clicking the link, you’re taken to a website that’s designed to give the impression you’re still on Facebook’s website when you’ve actually left it.
On the page is a fake video player that will demand that you share the page in order to view the video.
It’s not until after you expose your Facebook peers to this scam does it show its true colors.
Instead of playing the alleged film showing Ashton Kutcher get caught read-handed with a stripper, the page kicks you over to another site that asks you to “verify your identity” by taking odd-named surveys such as “Awesome Starbucks gift card!”, “iPhone 4S” or “Elitecelebrities.com” because that’s clearly what they were built for.
If you made the mistake of falling for this scam, you can reverse some of the damage by immediately removing any of the Facebook Wall posts that advertise it to your friends and replace it with a warning to avoid it.
Cybercrooks setup scams similar to this one to trick people into taking online surveys, spread malware, or harvest personal data that they then use to commit identity fraud or sell to the highest bidder.
Be cautious of the links you follow from social networking site and make sure you protect your PC by running up-to-date antivirus software that offers real-time scanning.
Stay safe, Facebookers!
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Photo of Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher Credit: Amanda Edwards/WireImage.com