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Scammers have exploited actor Charlie Sheen's increasingly bizarre antics as a lure for the latest in a long line of survey scams on Facebook.

Would-be voyeurs/victims are typically exposed to the scam via messages promising links to a supposed homemade sex tape featuring Sheen and supposedly released by his ex-wife.

Surfers are invited to think the clip may feature Sheen's live-in girlfriends Bree Olson (a star of professionally made grumble flicks) and Natalie Kenly.

In reality, surfers are directed to a video player that resembles YouTube, before being exposed to a survey scam popup. Unlike many such scams the Sheen lure actually offers would-be marks video content, though unsurprisingly not the material they might have expected.

"The video you are sent to is a spoof from break.com that makes fun of Sheen by dubbing his voice over a fake sex video," reports Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisor at net security firm Sophos.

A full write-up of the scam can be found here. ®

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