Have you ever been tempted to click on a sensational or emotional story that pops up in your social media newsfeed? Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Oklahoma warns that click to the story could lead you to a fraudulent website. In fact, the most recent tactic scammers may use is the recent leak of nude celebrity photos.
"BBB has seen similar tactics in the past with emails and social media messages claiming to show photos of the death of Osama bin Laden, newborn Prince George of Britain and most recently, Robin Williams' last words," said Kitt Letcher, president and CEO of BBB. "Oklahomans should exercise caution and not click on any links or photos from unknown senders."
The celebrity photo leak occurred on Aug. 31, claiming to offer hundreds of nude photos of celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton and pop singer Rihanna, among others. Some celebrities confirmed the authenticity of the photos, while others claimed they were fake.
In the ‘click bait' scam, consumers think they are clicking on these links or downloading photos but instead they are installing malware on your computer or smartphone. Some sites may ask for personal information that can lead to identity theft or be used for additional spamming.
BBB is offering the following tips to protect Oklahomans from "click bait" scams: