Beware of Tsunami-Related Scam on Facebook

Spammers incorporate current events into last deception

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    File Photo: A humpback whale's fluke appears as it dives in the waters off Sydney, Australia, on June 14, 2006.

    Facebook users may want to think twice before clicking on any suspicious tsunami-related links posted on the social networking site.

    Spammers have reacted quickly to Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake, and incorporated the recent news into their bag of tricks.

    One of the deceptive links going around has the headline "24ftJapanese Tsunami Crashes Whale Into Building." The subhead entices users with sensational footage: "You won't believe this whale collision! Crazy Footage!"

    According to the experts over the Malware Blog, the scam usually works by sending people to a YouTube-like website. Once a user clicks anywhere on the page, he or she is asked to take a survey. The scammers gets paid for the survey results, and the malicious link is posted to the victim's wall, continuing the spam cycle, ZDNet reported.

    Similar schemes made the rounds of Facebook earlier this month promising shocking video of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Emma Watson.

    Jackie Cohen of AllFacebook.com has posted some great advice on how to recover if your account has been victimized by one of these scams:

    Whenever you see a posting on Facebook that looks like a scam, report it by communicating with the site’s security team, that you can find by clicking here. Then check your own wall to make sure nothing fishy got posted there. Next, click on the security settings in the upper right-hand corner of your screen to make sure that no rogue applications have been installed in your account, and while you're at it, delete apps you haven't used within the last six months.