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Taylor Swift 'Sex Tape Leaked' Facebook Scam

Outline
Message on Facebook claims that popular US singer Taylor Swift's iPhone has been hacked and that recipients can click a link to view a sex tape taken from the phone and leaked on the Internet.

Brief Analysis
The message is a scam designed to trick users into participating in bogus online surveys that ask for their personal information. No matter how many surveys they fill out, participants will never get to see the promised sex tape.

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Last updated: February 6, 2013
First published: February 6, 2013
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example

Taylor Swift's iPhone Hacked - Sex Tape LEAKED!

The famous singer Taylor Swift had her iPhone hacked Monday and a sex tape between her and former boyfriend Harry Styles has been leaked on the internet. Taylor's publicists are trying to take down all of the websites hosting it, but we found a working one! Watch the video before it's taken down! CLICK HERE ---------> [Link Removed]

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!  >>>>>>> [Link Removed]

Detailed Analysis
According to a message that is being distributed across Facebook, interested viewers can access a sex tape featuring US singer Taylor Swift by clicking a link in the message. The message claims that Taylor Swift's iPhone was hacked and the sex tape was subsequently taken from the hacked phone and leaked onto the Internet. Those who click the link in the message will be taken to a Facebook Group and instructed to click a further link to actually see the supposed video.

However, clicking the link does not play the salacious footage users were hoping for. Instead, would-be sex tape viewers are presented with a pop-up window claiming that the must complete a survey as a means of verifying their age:

Taylor Swift Scam - Verify Age

But, no matter how many surveys the participant complete, they will never get to see the promised video, which never existed to begin with.

Some of the "survey" pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.

The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

Some alternative versions of this scam may attempt to trick users into installing rogue Facebook applications. Similar scam attempts - including one that promised a sex tape involving Miley Cyrus - have tricked Facebook users into handing over control of their Facebook accounts to scammers. And some scam campaigns that promise footage or video of celebrities may lead to websites that harbour malware. Scammers often use such tactics to entice unwary victims.

If one of these scam messages comes your way, do not click on any links that it may contain.


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References

Miley Cyrus 'Sex Tape' Facebook Scam
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained

Last updated: February 6, 2013
First published: February 6, 2013
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer



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