The Bitdefender found that the most common tactic that scammers would use to fool their targets was "clickbait." Taking the YouTube Extreme incident as a case study, the video that the scammers tried to fool me with was about a cheerleader having a mid-stunt accident.
That's not the only type of scam on the market. Here are some of what the study found to be the most popular scams on Facebook:
- 45%: Guess who viewed your profile
- 29%: "Feature" scams like changing background color
- 7%: Scandalous celebrity scams
Almost all of these scams are plausible. Celebrity gossip is massive on Facebook and the site is always adding new ways to customize your profile.