Circulating Facebook message features a teaser image depicting a ‘shocking accident’ in which a rollercoaster carriage and its passengers come loose from the track and fall. The message includes a link that supposedly opens a video showing footage of the accident.
The message is a scam. It is an attempt to trick Facebook users into spamming out more of the scam messages via Facebook shares. The purpose of the fake message is to drive traffic to a dubious Brazilian blog. This is just one in a long series of similar ‘shocking video’ scams. If one of these video scam messages comes your way, do not be tempted to click the link that it contains.
This Facebook driven message supposedly offers users the chance to view a ‘shocking’ video in which a rollercoaster carriage, along with its helpless passengers, has come loose from the track and is plummeting towards the ground.
The message features a teaser screenshot of the supposed video. Users wishing to see the video can click either the image or a headline link. The message suggests that the theme park tried to hide news of the accident from the public.
However, the claims in the message are untrue. The image is fake and does not depict a real rollercoaster accident. The message is an attempt to trick users into promoting a Brazilian based blog by sharing the same bogus message via Facebook shares.
Those who take the bait and click will be taken to a page that supposedly hosts the accident video. However, when users click the ‘play’ button on the video, they receive the following message:
The world needs to know! Then you need to share the page with other people before you see it.
If users share as requested, they are then redirected to the Brazilian blog. Users do not get to see the promised video, which never existed in the first place. This is a highly unethical method of driving traffic to a website. Any site that users such underhand tactics to promote itself should be treated with suspicion and is best avoided.
A series of similar ‘shocking video’ scams have plagued Facebook in recent months. The fake messages promise users a range of ‘shocking’ or ‘breaking news’ footage, including car and plane accidents, shark attacks, giant snakes and celebrity news. Many of the messages attempt to trick users into installing rogue apps or malicious plugins and participating in survey scams. Some, like this version, are underhand attempts to promote a particular page or service.
Do not help these scammers achieve their goals by clicking their links and sharing their bogus material. If one of these video scam messages comes your way, do not click the links it contains.
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!