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.
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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.