Facebook post featuring an image of a young woman being violently assaulted claims that the girl died immediately after the depicted incident. The image includes a video ‘play’ button that supposedly allows users to view footage of the incident.
The message is a typical ‘shocking video’ survey scam. Thankfully, there is no video footage. The post is designed to trick users into promoting the scam on Facebook and participating in bogus online surveys and offers.
OMG Teen Died Immediately after Friends did this much force to her Today
so sad, can’t even say them friends wow
This widely distributed Facebook message features a disturbing image of a young woman being violently assaulted while others stand on her and hold her down. The message that comes with the image claims that the girl died immediately after the depicted incident. The image is presented as a video teaser and includes a video play button that supposedly allows users to view footage of the attack.
The post is a typical shocking video scam designed to trick people into first sharing the same scam messages with their Facebook friends and then participating in bogus online surveys.
Those who do click the picture in an attempt to see the supposed footage will be taken to a site designed to look like a Facebook video page. However, when users try to play the video, they are told that they must first share the material via Facebook:
After they share as instructed, they will be redirected to another fake page designed to look like a YouTube video page. But, when they click play, they will be told that they must complete a survey as a means of verifying their age:
Clicking one of the survey links takes users to various third party websites that offer tantalising prizes in exchange for participation. Some of the surveys try to trick people into subscribing to very expensive SMS ‘services’ by providing their mobile phone numbers. Others entice users to provide their contact and other personal information in order to take up an offer or get survey results. Users who provide their contact details on these survey pages may find that they are inundated by unwanted phone calls, emails and junk mail.
But, no matter how many surveys users complete, they will never get to see the video footage.
The scammers who create these campaigns earn commissions via dodgy affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a user fills in a survey and provides their personal information.
If one of these scam messages comes your way, do not be tempted to click any links or images that 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!