Casey Anthony confession video? Beware: If you come across a link promising a video of Casey Anthony confessing to killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, you should pass. It's a fake. Or more specifically, it's a scam. The link, showing up all over Facebook, reads:
"BREAKING NEWS - Leaked video of CASEY ANTHONY confessing to lawyers. Click To See - She can't be re-tried, double jeopardy[sic]...OJ all over again!"
What happens when you click on the link? You're redirected to another Website, and asked to answer a survey - before you can view the video. That survey leads to another, and so on. While more annoying than harmful, the scammers can then post the fake video link on your wall and lure your friends in, all the while making money every time someone completes a survey. Related: How to keep your information private on Facebook. ... Primer on social media.
... Time out. There are no debt talks scheduled for today, so let's catch up and really look at how this showdown affects you. If the debt ceiling isn't raised, will Social Security checks be mailed on August 3? What happens if the nation defaults on its obligations? What happens to Medicare? What does all of this really mean for you? ... Yesterday's roundup: Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell continue to look at an alternative "hybrid" solution and President Obama gives Congressional leaders until Saturday to reconsider their positions and come to an agreement.
... From Candy Sagon: "Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are at the highest risk for colon cancer, yet one out of three - about 22 million of you - still haven't gotten screened for this deadly disease." ... Want to ward off dementia or Alzheimer's? Keep your body and mind in shape, a new study suggests.
The grandmuggle's guide to Harry Potter. Are you on movie duty this weekend and need to catch up before taking the grandkids to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Want to avoid sounding really ridiculous? You're welcome: Movies for Grownups review: J.K. Rowling's finale is a spectacular - and surprisingly poignant - farewell; Review of Part 1; Deathly Hallows FAQ.
"Thirty years ago, the first space shuttle launched into the stratosphere. Chris Bray and his father Kenneth watched -- and took a picture. Then last Friday, the shuttle Atlantis took its final trip. Again, the Bray men were there. And again, the two snapped a photo to capture the moment." Also: The Space Shuttle Lives Forever on Film
What you may have missed this week:
... Caregiver Catch-22. You want to care for your parents, but you also have a full-time job, a family and, possibly, a looming retirement. As hard as the choice is, a recent study suggests that caregivers should keep their day jobs. ... Boomers expect more out of retirement. "Americans 55 and older are more likely to be worried or even angry about the state of their finances than they were before the recession, but poll results released Tuesday suggest their confidence is making a rebound."