According to this Facebook ‘warning’ post, you will never eat Ferrero Rocher chocolates again after clicking a link and viewing leaked video footage.
The post features a teaser image depicting long rows of the chocolates, presumably photographed during a packaging process. The image includes a video ‘Play’ button, which supposedly allows you to click and view the footage.
However, the post is a typical ‘shocking video’ survey scam. Here’s what happens if you click the post:
- You will be taken to a fake Facebook Page that appears to host the video. The fake Page comes with equally fake user comments.
- When you click the ‘Play’ button, you will be told that you must share the page on Facebook to start the video. By sharing, you are promoting the same scam message to all of your friends.
- After you share as instructed, you will then be told via a popup that you must ‘verify your age’ by filling in an online survey.
- The survey will ask you to supply name and contact details, ostensibly so that you can go in the draw for various prizes.
- Even after participating in a survey, the ‘age verification’ popup will remain and you will still not get to see the footage. In fact, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to see the promised video.
The people who created the scam will receive commissions each time someone supplies their details via a survey. The details you supply on such survey sites will be shared with third party marketers. Thus, you will likely begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, marketing emails and surface junk mail.
Facebook scams like this one are very common. Be wary of any post that claims that you must first like and share and then fill in a survey before viewing a ‘shocking video’.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!