"OMG MOTHER WENT TO JAIL" scam hits Facebook

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Facebook users beware! Yet another viral scam has hit the social network, aiming to snare all your personal details.

The scam encourages users to “like” and share a post titled “OMG!! Guys, you have to see this: This mother went to jail for taking this pic of her son!”, a fake link that users are lead to believe will lead to a photo.

Instead, users are re-directed to an online survey, where the scammers get paid for convincing people to share personal information.

“I really feel like despairing that the general public will ever learn to avoid dodgy links like this,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.  “Criminals these days don’t need to spam out their scams – they can rely on the public to spread them for them.  Far too many people are prepared to endorse and share links on Facebook without properly thinking about what they are  doing.  In this case, they’re doing it before they have any clue about what lies behind the page.”

I somehow doubt the many Facebook scams will make an appearance in the upcoming “The Social Network” flick, based on the site’s ridiculously fast growth and popularity.

Gerald Lynch

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