22 July 2010

Justin Bieber cell-phone number scam warning main
Justin Bieber fans are being lured in by Facebook scammers falsely promising the pop star's mobile phone number.

Security experts are warning Justin Bieber fans against joining a Facebook group which promises the pop star's mobile phone number but instead redirects them to scam sites.

The group, called OMG!! Justin Biebers Ex GIRLFRIEND just RELEASED his new CELL PHONE NUMBER!! promises to hand over Bieber's phone number once they have shared the link with their friends.

Instead of then being directed to a site with his number on it - or any number on it for that matter - fans are being sent to survey sites designed to get hold of personal information.

Because the link has been shared the scam then spreads through the social-networking site virally.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said: "I'm afraid that you never will get Justin Bieber's real phone number. The page has been created to redirect your browser to surveys that ask you umpteen questions (gathering your personal information for the companies behind the survey, and earning the scammers some affiliate cash)."

"If you did make the mistake of passing the link onto your friends, you should clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the link," he continued.

Whereas naked photos used to be popular ways for scammers to lure people in - Zombieland star Emma Stone and Paramore singer Hayley Williams both fell victim to this - celebrities such as Justin Bieber are now leading the way.

Last month he had his YouTube videos hacked and links to details about his death in a car crash were poisoned with malware.

Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga fans are currently battling on YouTube to make their respective videos the most-watched on the video-sharing site.




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