The only thing teens love more than Facebook is Justin Bieber
, a teen pop singer, which is what made this particular scam so effective. Earlier this month, many Facebook users noticed that one of their contacts had a status message, which read, “WOW! Justin Bieber is Giving Away Free Concert Tickets Now!” followed by a link. By clicking on the link, users ended up installing a Facebook application that would post the message on their wall, thereby spreading it on to their friends. The end goal was to encourage kids to click on the link, and fill out an online application that required their cell phone number. If users did this, they would be signed up for a premium service that cost about $8 a week.
Similarly, there was another online scam this month where con artists would make up eye-catching news headlines
about Justin Bieber (“Justin Bieber takes estrogen pills”) in order to lure users to click on them in Google and other search engines. Anyone who did so was directed to a site that installed malicious software on their computer. As Softpedia pointed out, “Due to his large and young fan base, that is spread across the world, Justin Bieber has become a favorite theme for cybercriminals to use in their attacks.”
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