E-Threats Social Networks

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

A spam campaign revealing the 10 “hottest snapchats” 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 ‘goodies.’

The male-oriented campaign is promoted on websites with tags such as “trendingusa,” “viraltruck,” “viraldips,” and “funchoke.” One such dubious website already registered over 75,000 Facebook likes and 4,771 Twitter followers.

In the last week, the “hottest snapchats” 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: “welcome to new batch of snapchat leaked.” “This Girl Removed Her Mask After 2 Years,” reads another scammy message. “What Happened to Her Will Leave You In A Shock (21 Photos).”

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 “leaked” and horrendous.

Fraudulent websites promoting snapchat leaks and other “viral” 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 “leaked” online, particularly on Facebook. For more information about future trends, check Bitdefender’s top 5 social media security predictions of 2015.

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Bianca STANESCU

Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who's always on to a cybertrendy story. She's the industry news guru, who'll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.

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