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Facebook Scam - 'Trryfying' Girl With Pimple Video Post


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Outline

Viral Facebook post that features a teaser image of a girl squeezing a large pimple on her forehead entices users to click a link to see more.


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Brief Analysis

The post is a typical Facebook video scam that tries to get you to install a rogue app that will spam your Facebook friends on your behalf, trick you into downloading a malware 'video plugin', and redirect you to dodgy survey sites that ask for your personal information.

   





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Example

Trryfying!!! This girl woke up like this and She didn't know what to do so she ask his friends to get rid of it.


Detailed Analysis

'Trryfying!!!' Facebook Post Promises Pimple Popping Video

A post currently going viral on Facebook promises users the rather dubious pleasure of watching a girl popping a large pimple.

The post claims that the girl woke up with the pimple but did not know what to do so she asked 'his' friends for help. The message includes a teaser image of girl and pimple that people can click to access video of the 'trryfying' event.

Post is a Typical Facebook Video Scam

But, in fact, the post is a typical Facebook 'shocking video' scam. If you click on the post, you will be asked to allow a Facebook app to access your profile and post on your behalf. Once installed, this app will post the same scam on your wall thereby promoting itself to all of your friends.

Next, you will be taken to a 'trending hot' video website.  Two videos appear on the page.

The second video, which is just a normal YouTube video, does indeed show the girl popping her pimple.

The top video, however, is blacked out. A notice on the page will claim you must install a video update that will allow you to watch the footage in HD. And, if you click the 'play' button, you will be taken to a download page that again claims you must download and install a video plugin before you can view the movie.

But the supposed plugin is a malware program that can take over your browser, display malicious advertisements, and interfere with your computer's security settings.

The video page may also redirect you to a third party website and ask you to provide your personal information via a survey.

If this post comes your way, do not be tempted to click any links that it contains. If you are really intent on seeing the pimple popping video, you can view it freely on YouTube without the need to install a dodgy app, download malware, or participate in suspect online surveys.





Last updated: January 8, 2015
First published: January 8, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
'Shocking Video' Facebook Scams
YouTube - Girl popping massive zit
What is a Facebook Survey Scam?