A number of posts currently appearing on Facebook invite you to click on images of young women to view the ’10 Hottest Leaked Snapchats Ever’ or ‘Babes Want to Show Their Private Part on Snapchat’.
Clicking the images takes you to suspect websites that may try to trick you into providing personal information via online surveys or redirect you to other spam or scam websites.
In a January 15, 2015, Hot For Security blog post, Bitdefender’s Bianca Stanescu notes:
Fraudulent websites promoting snapchat leaks and other ‘viral’ content could lead to identity fraud and financial losses. Victims are usually subscribed to money-making surveys, and redirected to scams promising electronics or amazing diet pills.
The ‘payloads’ of the websites promoted in these posts may vary. Often, the URL listed on the post is not the site you are taken to when you click. In fact, there is a series of almost identical websites that all post the same dubious content.
Of course, some Facebook users may find the posts rather alluring. However, you are strongly advised not to succumb to temptation and click.
The posts are similar to the ubiquitous ‘shocking video’ scams that have plagued Facebook in recent years.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!