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Breast larvae infection hoax resurfaces on social media—again: SSO Alert Priority Moderate

1 July 2014

A variety of hoax Facebook posts have been circulating in recent weeks, usually featuring confronting looking images or video of an infection together with warning of exotic rashes or ‘larvae infections’.

Recent versions of this hoax include headlines such as ‘Breast larvae Infection from Undergarments’, ‘You will never use Shampoo after viewing this video’, and ‘Wash your Bras’.

The hoax has been in circulation for many years and continues to resurface in different forms.

Facebook ad including fake image of wound on shoulder

An example of the 'infection' hoax posted on Facebook

Previously it has been accompanied by stories of travelling anthropologists contracting the infection in South America. Currently it targets users of Head & Shoulders Shampoo.

Most analyses of the images consider it to be a photoshopped Lotus seed pod combined with a body part.

Clicking the link to view the video currently takes you to a defunct looking blog site containing malware which automatically attempts to share the post on your own Facebook feed.

Other recent versions have asked you to share the post and require you to take an online survey to view the video. Stay Smart Online has previously discussed online surveys.

Like many scam messages, scammers continually adapt them to keep them fresh, and they will reuse successful ones from the past.

They may also seek to obtain your personal information or download further malware so do not treat them flippantly.

If you see these sorts of posts, do not click on them.

Make sure you have up to date security software on your computer.

More information

The website Hoaxslayer.com provides a good discussion and further examples of this scam, as does snopes.com.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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