You knew this was coming, right? The first of what will no doubt be a river of Casey Anthony-related scams is popping up on Facebook screens today.
"Breaking News!" screams the headline. "Leaked Video of Casey Anthony Confessing to Lawyer!" This, of course, is a fake. Whether it's a scam is debatable, although it is most certainly a hoax. It doesn't appear to do any harm to your finances or your computer but could be damaging to your reputation if you gullibly forward it to everyone you can think of.
But, you say, why couldn't it be real? Maybe Ms. Anthony really did tell her lawyer she killed her two-year-old daughter Caylee? And the lawyer taped it? And put it on Facebook?
Well, not to put too fine a point on it, even if the conversation had occurred, would an attorney post a video of his client confessing to a crime after a jury had acquitted her? Think the Bar Association's ethics committee would be pleased?
Eventually, those who click on the link will wind up being asked to take a survey that just might win them a $500 Toys R Us gift card. Each person who completes the survey enriches whoever posted the hoax, as they get paid a few cents each time a consumer completes the survey.
You don't really have to do anything to avoid looking foolish. Just don't click on the link – and don't "share" it with your far-flung friends, advises Web security firm Sophos.