Scam Signature Message:
Red Arrow crashes during air show Video
Trending: August 2011
Scam Type: Survey Scam, Like-jacking
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking on the wall post link takes you to the following Facebook Page:
If you click play, then your account is like-jacked. This means there is underlying code that hi-jacks your Facebook account without your knowledge or consent and lists this page as one of your likes.
The irony here is that a like-jacking scam is launched from within Facebook. Usually you are directed to an external website where the like-jacking code is hidden. The end game of this scam is the survey shown below:
Click here if you want to report the page to Facebook. This link will take you to the actual scam page, so be careful not to click anything other than the “Report Page” link located in the left column. Hopefully, if enough people report the page as a scam, then it will be removed!
Be on the lookout for other scams to utilize this method of delivery. Unless Facebook plugs this exploit, it will most likely be far more convenient and effective for the scammers to use a Facebook page alone rather than having to direct a user to an external site.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you clicked to play the video on the main page, then you need to visit the page again and click the “unlike” link located in the left column. This will remove the page from your list of “liked” pages. If your Facebook settings shows that you “liked’ the page on your Wall, then you need to remove it from by clicking the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post.
Never complete surveys to unlock videos or other content on Facebook. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Don’t pad their pocket and possibly open yourself up to harm!
Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Never do this! If you did so in error, then run a complete system scan with a good anti-virus software program. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. The scammers then bill you for premium services. Keep an eye on your phone bill for bogus charges.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues. Also check out:
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams like this.