Everyone is on Facebook and that includes scammers. A common scam that utilizes Facebook to scam its victims involves a notice on your Facebook page promising to lead you to something that many people would be interested in. The most recent incarnation of this scam is a posting that promises to provide you with a hidden camera sex video of Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez. If you click on the link, it may take you to an online survey that earns money for the scammer who makes a commission off of every click to the survey. Although being sent to an online survey is annoying, the potential problems you could encounter by clicking on such a link can move from the annoying to the dangerous because some of these links download key stroke logging malware on your computer that allows the scammer to read everything on your computer including your Social Security number, bank account information and credit card information. The effect on your finances can be devastating.
The Justin Bieber ploy is nothing new. It is only the most recent of this ilk. Recently a number of such links promised to provide pictures surrounding the death of Whitney Houston. Whatever and whomever is in the news will be used by scammers to lure you into being a victim of their crime.
Never click on a link from a source of which you are not totally convinced is legitimate. Even links that you may receive from friends on Facebook can turn out to be from someone who hacked their account. Always confirm before clicking.