A new Facebook scam is rapidly spreading on the social networking site with the message Girl-Killed-Herself-on-Halloween-After-Dad-Posted-This-on-Her-Wall [link]enticing users to click, “share” and “like” the message in order to watch the video.
The scam message claims to show the video only if you have shared the link with your friends and liked it. The message is spreading with different links, however, they all redirect to a same webpage. The image used in the post is very disturbing, which is basically used with an intention to increase the user’s curiosity.
Clicking on the scam link will take you to a Web page that has the following image with a small note -
Unlike other scam messages, this scam does not require you to complete any online surveys. This is a clickjacking and like-jacking scam. Clicking on the shareor likebutton may result in downloading malware programs or other malicious files, which could possibly harm your computer.
However, there is no video shown even after completing the mentioned steps. So, DO NOT waste your time on clicking scam links like this, or spam the social network by “sharing” them with your friends.
Sometimes, these malware programs are designed to gather user information including email ids, user names, passwords and credit card details. Sometimes these malicious programs are downloaded automatically where users are blindly infected.
It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.
With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been a main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.