Facebook has become the favourite hunting ground of the cyber criminals due to its vast reach and popularity. Techworm also brings you latest scams to make you aware and stay safe on Facebook like we did with the the Universal Studios roller coaster accident video scam. It is also pathetic that cyber criminals use human tragedy to serve their purpose. The latest scam which has surfaced is a Video of a Woman Dying in a Fight. Beware this is a SCAM for scammers are once again attempting to make an easy buck by tricking Facebook users into sharing gruesome videos that link to money-making surveys.
The more gruesome the subject or the video the more successful the scammers are successful in minting money through illegal means because they prey on human sentiments. Here’s how the latest Facebook scam appears, and how it earns the scammers money. The scams generally spread out of curiosity and tragedy combined. This new scam may come to you when your Facebook friends shares a link on their account, pointing to what appears to be a grisly and tragic video of a woman being beaten to death.
Because the video has already been shared by one of your online friends, you might feel interested and click on the link. The link which seems innocuous and leading to Fox News website is hardly worth any risk. But wait, on clicking the link you will be taken to a website which is attempting to look a little like Facebook, although the URL is designed to trick you into believe you might be on a website belonging to Fox News. This is called phishing and masking of URLs and done since time immortal to fool innocent victims.
Once on the page you will not see the video but rather a button asking you to SHARE the video on your Facebook page will appear. Still apparently innocently you may click the button but you are being hoodwinked into spreading the scam further to your friend circles. Having done the needful for the cyber criminals by spreading their link to your friends you will now be taken to a online survey site which will ask you to submit your email address and make you enter into worthless surveys which will make money for the scammers. Further giving your email id may also be a dangerous and make your email account open to scamsters and phishers.
If you have been shared with this video link kindly delete it from your Facebook account and advise your friends how have shared it that they have been made a victim of a scam.
Resource : Graham Cluely