Social Networks

To Be or Not to Be

Sex-themed scams play it safe with double target: the gay and the straight

Once upon a time, there was a nice Facebook account with plenty of shareable content romping about. All went well with this lovely account until one day, a mighty plague that was ravaging the social network caught it in its iron fist grip and did not let it go. What is the name of the terrible affliction that brought the little account to its knees (you’ll see the irony in this precise choice of words later on…just hold on ;-))? Well, my dear, it’s called DOUBT: is it true or not?

No, the account is not prey to the existential anguish of a Sartre. The IT in question stands for any subject of interest, ANY information that has the potential of stirring some (until then calm, but deep) waters. Case in point: Justin Bieber’s sexual preference(s).

Troubling, isn’t it? In more ways than one. Faced with this double Sherlockean dilemma, we’ll just embark on a quest for the clue that clears up the whole picture: either, or, both?

The JB & Selena Story

A recently created Facebook page, inviting its scandal craving public to click and see.

Blind-Like Central with a puh-tey-toh /vs/ poh-ta-toh twist. You don’t fool us with your Thumbs Up gimmick, guys! This is the 60 second race to perdition.

Once the heavy liking (if any) is over, you get not one, but two buttons that “REALLY” show it all.

The JB Gay Story

The word gets out in several shapes and sizes, as you can see here:

ROFL!! FINALY JUSTIN BIEBER ADMITED HE’S GAY VIDEO FIRST TIME ON FACEBOOK MUST SEE THIS

OMG I COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW! :/ JB

ALREADY JB IS GAY! HE ADMITS IT ! GO WATCH :'(

HAHAHA LOOK TOLD YOU ALREADY JB IS GAY! HE ADMITS IT ! GO WATCH :'(

Enter dedicated Facebook page:

These people really mean business. As you can see, this is a brand page (the “founded in” mention is one of the differences between individual users’ pages and companies’ pages on Facebook now).

Just as we are getting ready to understand the philosophy behind this ambitious startup, here comes the revelation: it’s a lame copy of the JB & Selena story. Same bunch of likes, same eternally frustrated promise.

Both stories end in misery:

No later than yesterday, we warned you that this kind of win-win situation might cause your computer to get the Trojan flu!

Today’s lesson? Some questions are better left unanswered.

P.S. Don’t fall for a more recent version of this scam, that’s got a bolder punch line :”what the fuck!!Justin Bieber And Celena Gomez Sex Video Leaked Must Watch Every->”.

It’ll just get you stuck here:

Yeah, that’s right: STUCK. 2 of the 73 blind Likes you’re supposed to deliver correspond to Facebook pages that no longer exist so…good bye grand finale!

This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Tudor Florescu, BitDefender Online Threats Analyst.

All product and company names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the property of, and may be trademarks of, their respective owners.

About the author

Ioana Jelea

Ioana Jelea has a disturbing (according to friendly reports) penchant for the dirty tricks of online socialization and for the pathologically mesmerizing news trivia. From gory, though sometimes fake, death reports to nip slips and other such blush-inducing accidents, her repertoire is an ever-expanding manifesto against any Victorian-like frame of thought that puts a strain on online creativity. She would like to keep things simple, but she never does.

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