According to this message, which is currently being distributed via SMS, you have been “mentioned on a photo”.
The message includes a link that you can supposedly tap to see the photo and the alleged mention.
However, the message is fraudulent and following the link does not open a photo.
Instead, the link takes you to a dodgy website that claims that you can win prizes by filling in surveys and providing your name and contact details. The website that opens when you tap the link may vary in different incarnations of the spam message. The link displayed in the messages may also vary.
Once you arrive on one of the bogus survey sites, you will typically be told that, for a chance to win, you must register by filling in a form that asks for your name, phone numbers, email address and home address. This information will be shared with unscrupulous marketing companies who will later bombard you with unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and junk mail.
In recent years, spammers and scammers have repeatedly used bogus text messages, social media messages, and emails that try to trick recipients into clicking to see photos or videos. Some, like the version discussed here, lead to survey scam websites. Others are phishing scams designed to steal account login details. Still others may take victims to websites that harbour malware.
If you receive one of these messages, do not follow any links that it contains. Just delete it.
An example of the spam SMS
You have been mentioned on this photo: [link removed]
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!