SCAM: 'Worst Roller Coaster Accident in Sydney ' Video

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As shared on Facebook, Jan. 22, 2014:

Worst Roller Coaster Accident in Sydney Australia During New Year Celebration
Netlore Archive: Viral Facebook blurb purports to offer a video clip showing a deadly rollercoaster accident in Sydney, Australia..

Description: Viral wall postings
Circulating since: Jan. 2014
Status: SCAM (see details below)

Analysis: This is a clickjacking scam (aka survey scam). As in previous examples (see below), users who click the link to view the advertised video are redirected to a fake Facebook page and asked to share the video before viewing it. After spamming their friends, users are then instructed to fill out a survey form (which is how the scammers make their money). In some cases, malicious software may be downloaded to the user's computer. At no point will the user actually get to see the advertised video, which in fact does not exist.

Think before you click!

More examples of Facebook clickjacking/survey scams:
"Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge" Video
"Giant Snake Swallows Up a Zookeeper" Video
"Shark Eats Man" Video
"Spider Under the Skin" Video
"Girl Killed Herself on Halloween" Video
"Will Smith Pronounced Dead" Video


Sources and further reading:

How to Protect Yourself from Clickjacking Attacks
About.com: Internet/Network Security

Clickjacking Scams: Man-Eating Snakes and Unwatchable Videos
Softpedia, 14 June 2012


Last updated 01/22/14