Avoid the royal baby George’s ‘click bait’ scam on Facebook

The bigger the news story, the bigger the opportunity for scammers. With the new royal baby making headlines across the globe, BBB expects to see scammers swooping in to take advantage of the public’s eagerness to see photos of the newborn prince.

How the Scam Works:   

You are on Facebook, and you see that your friend likes an “exclusive” video of the new royal baby. The link promises candid footage that no media outlet has. Curious, you click on the link.

You are taken to an unfamiliar, 3rd party website. A pop up appears prompting you to “update your video player” before you can view the clip. You click “OK.” However when you download the file, you aren’t updating your software. You are really downloading a virus that scans your machine for banking and other personal information. This opens you up to the risk of identity theft.

Like all scams this has many variations, and it’s not limited Facebook. Watch out for similar links posted on Twitter, through other social media or sent by email. Scammers can glean your friends’ names and emails from their Facebook accounts and send messages posing as them.  Read more about the technique here.

Tips to Protect Yourself From “Click Bait” Scams:  

Take the following steps to protect yourself and others from scam links shared through email and social media:

  • Don’t trust your friends’ taste. It might not even be them “liking” or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked. But it may also be clickjacking, a technique that scammers use to trick you into clicking somethinthat you wouldn’t otherwise (especially the Facebook “Like” button).
  • Don’t take the bait. Just stay away from promotions of “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational” footage. If it sounds too outlandish to be true, it is probably a scam.
  • Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.
  • On Facebook, report scam profiles, posts and other suspicious activity by following these instructions.
  • On Twitter, if another user is sending you links to malware or other spam, report them to Twitter by following these instructions.


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2 responses to “Avoid the royal baby George’s ‘click bait’ scam on Facebook

  1. Mark Burrows

    We all are victims of being curious. In fact it is part of our human makeup, but humans alone do not have it, many such creatures of the animal kingdom have. Without it none would step out beyond the boundaries of their birth spot and would likely starve to death or fall victim to a predator quickly. It is by curiosity we learn to survive by trial and error.
    Yet, humans seem to not learn from out counterparts of the animal kingdom the ability of caution and stealth. Learning to test the scent on the wind, learning what other creatures are predators and learning how and where they tend to set their illusions and traps.
    Humans become victims because they fall so easily into the trappings of blind faith.
    Curiosity and blind faith do not make good bedfellows. Because these are common human weaknesses, predators are quick to take advantage of them. The solution is simple. Patience. Just wait. It really and truly is not important to have those first glimpses. You are only going to feel that much more the fool a few years down the road when those first glimpses turned out to be fakes or frauds or simply poor quality. Trust me, there will be plenty of genuine press releases to genuine sources that are world renown and trusted……..well as far as media goes. Yes, I have already received junk in my postal mail trying to sell me memorabilia to mark the occasion with cheap little trinkets made in China and Taiwan. We are not amused. If I was a true Royal chaser, I would only want the best decorating my walls and shelves. So, waiting for the genuine craftsmen to start marketing their work is where the value and pride of ownership lays.
    Rumors and quick decisions have crippled and destroyed stock markets and economies. Do you not think that happened by mere bad luck? No, it was manipulated by scam artists, con artists and people willing to sell insider trader information to these criminals. Scams work from very small efforts to huge white collar crime corporate manipulation.
    It is our responsibility as consumers to become more alert and aware of the workings and mindset of the theories of the scam, not only to protect ourselves, but to restore the economy.
    We need to control our greed. We need to learn to live within our budgets. We need to still not compromise quality to save a few dollars. Quality means it lasts longer, and has better resale value. We need to encourage small business. We need to encourage companies to keep private and not sell out to stock oriented corporations no matter how much money they throw at them. If a private company builds its business on trust with it customers they will never hurt or loose to the less expensive chain stores, all they need to do is offer fair pricing, and use loss leaders sales, to keep up the attractions. You know, flyers with certain necessities on sale. It will always be customer service, staff, and environment that keeps people coming back, not prices. The novelty of lower prices has worn off with the poor customer service and insincere platitudes on the faces and lips of the staff of the corporate business. They don’t really like their part time low paying jobs that have no benefits or advance opportunities. For them it is drone work, but it is work and they do it just to get through the day.
    Yes, we have all been scammed, not by our governments, but white collar scam artists, the corporate giants.

    Mark Burrows

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