Many London districts and some other cities and towns in England suffered widespread rioting and looting, between 6 and 10 August 2011. However, it looks like Facebook scammers have done it again by taking advantage of the situation and spreading video scam messages on Facebook. Earlier, it was the Osama Bin Laden’s death video scam that spread across Facebook like wildfire.
The new video scam that has emerged on Facebook is reported to be spreading widely. The scam titled – Look what happens when this man confronts a London rioteris quite different from the other scams that were reported earlier.
It certainly is a click-jacking scam which will hijack your Facebook account upon clicking on it; however it will lead you to an internal Facebook page that has an image that looks like a normal YouTube player. Clicking on the play button will “like” the page automatically. Though there isn’t any video showed, you will be asked to complete a survey, which the scam claims it to be a 30 second security test. But the message – “Sorry there are no surveys available for your country” will be displayed.
The page also has a poll running that asks users to answer the following question – “What punishment should London rioters receive?”
This page is created by scammers to get users, and trick them to “like” the page. I suggest you ignore/delete this message if you come across it. You can mark the scam message as inappropriateby clicking the Xmark on the top-right corner of the message. Alternatively, you can report the scam to Facebook Security. Please feel free to share this post with your friends and family so that they are not tricked into clicking on the scam message.
Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and it’s quite hard to avoid them. Here is an article on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams
Here’s an article on Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook for you to look through. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.
If you really wanted to watch the video, then here it is. Don’t worry, we won’t ask you to complete any surveys or verify your age!