SCAM: 'Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge' Video

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As Shared on Facebook, Jan. 20, 2014:

Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge
Netlore Archive: Viral Facebook blurb purports to offer a video clip of a massive jetliner crashing into a bridge. Via Facebook

There is a viral Facebook wall posting that has been circulating around the internet since January 2014. This viral video has since been analyzed as another Facebook clickjacking scam. Discover what happens when you click on this video that leads to an obvious scam. Additionally, learn how to protect yourself from other viral video scams with examples and sources for further reading listed below.

What Happens When You Click

Users who attempt to view the advertised video titled, "Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge", are redirected to a bogus Facebook page where they are asked to share the video before viewing it— which is how the scam spreads. After sharing, users are asked to fill out a survey form, which is how the scammers make their money. At the end of the cycle, there is no video to be found.

The Rule Rather Than the Exception

While clickjacking can appear to be a vague or sneaky process of accessing your information, far too many people click and give it away without realizing it is a form of phishing before it is too late.  There are a few ways to know what a clickjacking link on Facebook looks like. Here are a few tips:

  • Look for a short phrase or sentence that is arousing, provocative or catchy. This is used to get people interested in taking the click bait.
  • Many phrases involved with clickjacking have incorrect grammar and spelling. If you notice that someone you trust who has a certain way of communicating on Facebook posts something inappropriate or strange, it may be a clickjacking link. Look twice before you click in this situation.
  • Links to websites that have terms like "must see", "omg", "wow" or another urgent type of phrasing might be trying to pull you in emotionally. Additionally, survey links, especially those that end with .php, may include malicious code that can damage your browser and/or computer device.

Protect Yourself

There are several steps you can take to avoid a clickjacking scam or to recover from one. Several things you can do are as follows:

  • Update your browser to the latest version available. This ensures that you have all the most recent upgrades with includes security updates. Updating your browser plug-ins are also important because they have their own set of security issues that can put you at risk to clickjacking scams.​
  • Prevent clickjacking altogether by adding some detection type plug-ins through your browser, such as Google Chrome. There are full access plugins that may require a fee but there are also limited ones with free access available, such as NoScript.

More Examples of Facebook Clickjacking Scams

Sources and Further Reading