'You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does!' Video Scam

Clickjacking Scams are Everywhere

SHOCKING VIDEO You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does
Netlore Archive: Don't click on social media links to a viral video titled "You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does!" It's a clickjacking scam.. Via Facebook

"Shocking" videos seem to attract an amazing number clicks. That's probably why so many scams entrap their victims by offering something potentially lurid, horrific or sexy.

Most of these scams, like the "You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does" video, work because they engage the viewer's curiosity. What could a pregnant girl in her underwear possibly do that would be weird or immoral enough to shock the average person?

The imagination boggle—and curiosity takes over.

But unfortunately for the unwary victim (or fortunately, depending upon your point of view) there is no video. In fact, the "You Won't Believe" ad is a social media scam referred to as "clickjacking." Clickjacking tricks the user into clicking on a link that takes them to somewhere other than where they intended. Most of the time, clickjackers are maliciously taking victims to sites where their information— or even their identities—are stolen.

How Clickjacking Works

Users who click on links in "SHOCKING VIDEO" posts like these are typically redirected to a page where they're asked to share the video with everyone they know before viewing it—which alone ought to give one pause. Who shares videos they've never viewed?

Those who continue this far are then typically asked to take an online survey, which is how the perpetrators generate revenue. Completing the survey does not guarantee one will see the promised video, however, because typically there is no video.

It's a classic bait and switch.

Worst case scenario, careless users may expose themselves to a malware attack (one should be especially wary of links offering downloadable software of any kind) and end up with their account and/or network security compromised. There's also the possibility of identity theft.

How to Recognize a Clickjacking Scam

Clickjacking can be cleverly managed. Really sophisticated scams, for example, can hijack a friend's email and send you a file or video to click on. Most, however, are fairly easy to recognize and avoid. Here are a few rules to follow:

1. If a friend sends you something you weren't expecting, check in to be sure they really sent it before viewing.

2. If a website you've never visited employs layered content and ads, be extremely careful to click only on the content you wish to view -- or use an AdBlock app to avoid the ads altogether.

3. Avoid clicking on any ads offering to show you something horrifying, creepy, supernatural, or highly suspect—unless it is part of a well-known and trusted site.

4. Use your common sense to avoid scams. Do you really think sea monsters or mermaids are likely to turn up on Facebook? These real-life clickjacking titles should help you stay away from the most obvious scams: