Scam: "Giant Anaconda Swallows Up a Zookeeper" Video

The Graphic Video Link Inundates You with Spam

Shocking VIDEO A giant Anaconda swallows Up a Nigga Zookeeper in South Africa
Netlore Archive: Circulating via social media, viral posts promote a video supposedly showing a giant anaconda swallowing a zookeeper in South Africa.. Via Facebook

A video of a giant snake swallowing a poor zookeeper may seem irresistible as a friend shares it on Facebook. But if you click on the link to watch the purported video, you'll be in for a rude surprise.

  • Description: Viral posts
  • Circulating since: March 2014
  • Status: Scam (see details below)

Caption Example of the Anaconda and Zookeeper Video

As shared on Facebook, April 4, 2014

[Shocking VIDEO] A giant Anaconda swallows Up a (slur removed) Zookeeper in South Africa
Scared! World's largest Anaconda

Analysis of the Anaconda and Zookeeper Viral Video

Here we have yet another example of a viral Facebook scam touting a so-called "shocking video" as a means of exploiting user clicks to rack up page views and/or money. An almost identical scam titled "Giant Snake Swallows Up a Zookeeper" circulated just a few months before this one appeared.

This particular version is configured such that users who try to view the video are redirected to a phony Facebook page where they're first asked to share, then to like the video before they can see it. Sharing it causes a blurb similar to the one above to appear on the user's timeline. Liking it causes the user's news feed to be inundated by spam posts.

Unlike many instances in which the advertised video doesn't really exist, this time there is actually a video to view once you've jumped through the scammers' hoops. It lasts about 30 seconds and shows a snake eating a crocodile, not a zookeeper.

Worth the trouble? No. Worth the risk? Definitely not.

Don't endanger the security of your Facebook account, your computer, or your network by clicking on links in bogus posts promoting "shocking videos" or "breaking news." If such blurbs show up in your news feed, delete them. Advise friends to do the same.

Advice from Facebook

Here's some good basic advice all users should follow, direct from Facebook:

Think before you click. Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam they could accidentally send you that spam or tag you in a spammy post. You also shouldn't download things (ex: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what they are.

More Facebook Clickjacking Scams

If your friends fall for one, they may well fall for another. These scams and viral posts tend to recur, coming back around after a few months or years, sometimes with slight modifications. If you become familiar with them, you'll be able to spot them in their next variation.

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