A spam campaign revealing the 10 â€œhottest snapchatsâ€ is a new entry to the long list of Facebook scams flooding the social media platform in 2015, according to Bitdefender Online Threats. The Labs of the security software provider blacklisted dozens of fraudulent websites promising snapchats and other leaked â€˜goodies.â€™
The male-oriented campaign is promoted on websites with tags such as â€œtrendingusa,â€ â€œviraltruck,â€ â€œviraldips,â€ and â€œfunchoke.â€ One such dubious website already registered over 75,000 Facebook likes and 4,771 Twitter followers.
In the last week, the â€œhottest snapchatsâ€ scam has reached the No. 2 spot in the most popular Facebook scams, after the omnipresent ‘check your top profile visitors.’ Users who fall victim to the snapchat fraud are also susceptible to new baits such as “leaked work selfies” and “sexy shoots of girls taken by her boyfriend.”
The snapchat scam also circulates with the following message: â€œwelcome to new batch of snapchat leaked.â€ â€œThis Girl Removed Her Mask After 2 Years,â€ reads another scammy message. â€œWhat Happened to Her Will Leave You In A Shock (21 Photos).â€
Tabloid-titled scams will continue to affect curious users this year, Bitdefender researchers warn. A study in 2014 revealed that scams promising horrid videos and pictures represented less than 1 per cent of scams flooding the network. However, researchers expect this to grow with the vivid interest users have for anything â€œleakedâ€ and horrendous.
Fraudulent websites promoting snapchat leaks and other â€œviralâ€ content could lead to identity fraud and financial losses. Victims are usually subscribed to money-making surveys, and redirected to scams promising electronics or amazing diet pills.
Users are advised to be suspicious of videos, snapchats and pictures â€œleakedâ€ online, particularly on Facebook. For more information about future trends, check Bitdefenderâ€™s top 5 social media security predictions of 2015.
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