Although it may be tempting, you should avoid clicking any links on Facebook claiming to house a leaked sex tape featuring Grammy award-winning artist Taylor Swift. That’s because it’s a hoax that will lead you down the annoying road of a survey scam.
Facebook users are seeing a viral scam message that suggests a page called “TMZ Leaks” has stumbled upon a new Taylor Swift sex tape.
“The famous singer Taylor Swift had her iPhone hacked Monday and a sex tape between her and former boyfriend Harry Styles has been leaked on the internet,” one of the scams reads. “Taylor’s publicists are trying to take down all of the websites hosting it, but we found a working one! Watch the video before it’s taken down! CLICK HERE,” says the message.
If you click the links, you’ll be directed to a series of online surveys – some of which phish for personal information. No sex tape exists at the end of the rabbit hole – instead you may be prompted to download spammy toolbars and other software.
Facebook sex tape hoaxes aren’t uncommon, and you should be aware of the various survey scams that plague the network. You may think that there’s no harm in simply clicking, just to see if this is finally the legit sex tape leak you’ve been waiting for – but don’t do it. That’s how viral hoaxes spread across the network.
Yesterday, we told you about another hoax making the rounds on Facebook. It suggests that Facebook will close for a three day maintenance period – from February 29th to the 31st. If you think really hard (or check a calendar), you should quickly see why that’s untrue.