Sexy Snapchat Spam Delivers Trouble
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Don't think spam is sexy? Think again.
A spam-driven scam has hit Snapchat, the popular picture-chat app for Android and iPhone, and it's fueled by photos so sleazy, you won't believe they're free.
Snapchat, which delivers more than 20 million "snaps" a day, is considered by some to be the safest way to "sext" without leaving behind photos that could come back with a vengeance.
The app allows users to control their naughty texts by automatically deleting sent photos after 10 seconds.
While some users swear that Snapchat is more than just a convenient way to cover up compromising photos, this spam campaign certainly takes advantage of the app's racy reputation. [See also: How to Safely Send a Digital Valentine]
This week, Snapchat users who had never changed their default settings to "private" started receiving unsolicited "snaps" from "Honey.Crush9" and her scantily clad friends.
Honey Crush, the cover for a sleazeball scammer, invited app users to follow her on Skype via a "snap" featuring a naked brunette with a sultry expression.
While some Snapchat users may have thought it was their lucky day, others weren't falling for Honey Crush's act.
Infidelity-sniffing girlfriends took to Twitter to find out why their boyfriends were receiving naked "snaps" from other ladies.
But luckily for boyfriends everywhere, Twitter users quickly circulated Honey Crush's true identity as a spammer, prompting one user, @mand_ie, to tweet, "OK, this just saved me from killing my boyfriend. Thanks!"
Adding a strange's Skype account might not sound all that malicious, but as Sophos' Naked Security blog pointed out, those seeking such a liaison could find themselves lured into a sexy trap.
Spammers could use fake Skype accounts to send malware-laden links to victims. If spammers like Honey Crush are really hell-bent on compromising your relationships, they could try to entice you to engage in a Skype striptease that could later be used as part of a "sextortion" scam.
Luckily, a little common sense and some stricter Snapchat settings should save you from becoming a victim of such a scam.
According to blog posting from Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel, users who want a spam-free experience should adjust the settings that control who can send you photos. A simple switch to "Only My Friends" should do the trick.
If you're not sure what your settings are, double-check. The default settings for Snapchat allow anyone who knows your username or phone number to send you "snaps," a decision that the app's creators may now want to rethink.