Facebook Scam: This gymnast broke her gymnastics leotards in a competition in France!
Beware of a Facebook scam that contains an image of a female gymnast with her lower region censored and says something similar to “This gymnast broke her gymnastics leotards in a competition in France.”
This scam attempts to get Facebook users to click malicious links by promising to contain a link to a video of a female gymnast who broke her leotards in mid flight. If a user clicks the link, malicious files will be downloaded to the computer and a user’s Facebook account may become hijacked.
Provided links may also direct users to suspicious websites, including survey websites used to collect manually submitted information.
In other scenarios suspicious Facebook pages will share this image and tell users to like and share the image to view the video.
The gymnast in the edited image is actually Shawn Johnson and there is NO VIDEO. Shawn Johnson’s leotard did not break in France or in anywhere else during competition (as shown in the featured image above – Click the image above to view actual size).
If you see this post or something similar on your news feed, do not click any provided links and report the post to Facebook.
[Video] This gymnast broke her gymnastics leotards in a competition in France!
She must be crazy to do this!
If your Facebook account has been affected by this scam or if you feel your computer is infected with malware please see the recommended steps below.
*If you have provided your email address, telephone number, and home address to the fraudulent surveys it is likely that you will receive unwanted email spam, telephone calls, and junk mail at home. In order to disable this occurrence it is recommended to take the necessary steps and safety precautions introduced by your email service, telephone provider, and mail carrier.
- Change your Facebook password (located in your Facebook Settings) and make sure to log out of every device when prompted to.
- Remove suspicious Facebook Apps (Settings > Apps).
- If you believe your computer is infected with malware we recommend to download and install reputable Anti-Malware software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once installed, update the software, and run a scan for malicious files. *This software is available free or as a full version.