I note that No4 in the BBC websites most popular stories list is “Osama Bin Laden ‘death film’ goes viral.
It would seem that online spammers using a fake video of Osama Bin Laden’s death as a phishing scam have seen it go viral.
Viral advertising (a legitimate and popular form of advertising) is when a subject is so popular that it is quickly passed around from person to person, hence the term viral.
Personally I can’t imagine why anyone would want to watch a video of Osama Bin Laden’s death, or anyone else’s for that matter. But clearly many do.
It would seem that various scams exist based on popular events. One know as clickjacking, works by gaining access to your personal details when a video link is click on.
It would seem that identity theft is the primary goal of these scams.
So. If you see a video of a popular event and it is not on a know and trusted website don’t view it!
I would always regard any video that I receive by email with great suspicion. I never open them directly even if they’re from someone I know.