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Miscreants are exploiting interest in the season finale of Doctor Who by posting fake episode clips, spoilers and dubious download offers.

Credulous fans who follow links supposedly offering footage from the upcoming Big Bang episode, due to screen on BBC on Saturday (26 June), are invited to fill out a quiz in order to "unlock the content". Of course there is no content on offer, and by completing the quiz fans will simply wind up scoring the scammers some affiliate revenue, while handing over personal information to unscrupulous marketeers.

Meanwhile a number of Doctor Who spamblogs, unaffiliated with the official BBC or genuine fan sites, have also appeared. Many link to supposed TV episode download sites that attempt to hoodwink the gullible into paying $35 in order to use P2P download software that's widely available for free on the net.

The services should not be confused with the BBC iPlayer or legitimate download services, warns Sunbelt security researcher Christopher Boyd.

"Don’t fall for any of these offers, whether they take the form of survey spam or websites that want you to cough up for some P2P action – you’ll only regret it in the end," he writes. ®

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