A new Facebook Scam is spreading on Facebook and has been spreading for the past few days. The scam is about a video and has the text "[Video] OMG This is what happened to his Ex Girlfriend!!!". The scam also occurred earlier and has spread under several different messages.
The scam is spreading with messages like these among others:
[Video] OMG This is what happened to his Ex GirlFriend!!!
She is due to go to the hospital after this, could not walk properly for days.
[Video] OMG! See what happened to his Ex Girlfriend!
LOL. She could not walk straight for days!
Once again, the scam uses the same methods as earlier Facebook video scams and is a survey related scam. When you click on the links, you will be taken to a website which will ask you to accept the term and complete a survey before you can watch the video. While you complete the survey, a similar message will also be posted on your wall.
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.
The new scam titled [Video] Girl brutally pranked by 2 guys while UNCONSCIOUS!with a description that states these guys took this prank to far! How could you do that to someone?is reportedly spreading like wildfire.
From the above screenshot you can see that there are two versions of the scam with different descriptions. There could be several other variants in which this scam might be spreading. The website URLs in these updates might be different and not work because they get blocked pretty quickly.
The scam promises you to show a video after you have verified your age by clicking Jaatwice. By clicking the Jaabutton, your Facebook account will be click-jacked and like-jacked which will automatically update your Facebook wall with the scam message.
After you verifyyour age, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to complete a set of surveys. However, you will not be shown any video. It is advised that you ignore/delete the scam message from your news feed. Otherwise, it might lead your friends also to fall for the trap. You can report the scam to Facebook Security as well.
The Singapore-based online survey and market research company – Speak Asia, which ran advertisements during the IPL matches on TV, is now in big trouble. The company organizes online surveys for various products and companies. Their online survey scheme involves users to subscribe to the scheme by paying Rs. 11,000 ($250 USD) and fill up the survey forms. The subscribers are then paid a commission once they have completed the surveys or refer a friend.
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Crime Branch on Friday arrested Tarak Bajpai, COO of Speak Asia, and four other officials for financial irregularities and unearthing a multi-crore scam in which over 13 lakh investors have been cheated.
Bajpai stated, “I am going for a small investigation. The management of the company is there to support all Speak Asians. All departments have given us a clean chit and this too is a small investigation. I have stay order from high court to deal with unforeseen problems.”
Speak Asia is currently being investigated under Section 591 of the Companies Act, which is applicable to companies incorporated outside India and that have established a place of business within the country.
Crime Branch chief Himanshu Roy said, We estimate that until now the company has duped investors of Rs 1,320 crore ($300 million USD). Speak Asia assures its subscribers/investors a return of Rs. 52,000 ($1,181 USD) over an investment of Rs. 11,000. Subscribers are provided with two surveys every week and are paid Rs. 500 ($11.3 USD) upon completing a survey successfully.
Last month, United Overseas Bank, based in Singapore has closed all accounts of Speak Asia.
Our bank account in Singapore has not been frozenâ€¦ we are only moving our company account to another bank. We are approaching and evaluating various other banks in Singapore from where we will soon be able to disburse the payments to all panellists,Speak Asia said in a statement.
A picture is worth a hundred word, but a thumbnail on Facebook is worth a thousand notorious thoughts. Here is a scam with a very displeasing thumbnail of a girl stripping her clothes down. Earlier we had seen a scam that indicated a girl caught by her dad while she was on web cam. Today I came across a similar scam titled – “AWFUL!!! Girl gets caught by her dad while having fun on chatroulette.. !!that describes – This is just WRONG!! Poor father … this is so awkaward!. The scammer couldn’t even get the right spelling of ‘awkward’.
Well, clicking on the scam link redirects you to the same old Jaapage. You will have to verify that your over 13 years of age before you can watch the video. However, there is no video shown even after you verify your age. Instead, clicking the Jaabutton will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account by automatically posting and likingthe scam on your Facebook wall.
After that, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to complete a set of useless surveys. Scammers earn money by getting users to complete such surveys. We have also seen scammers creating apps that promise users to give 2000 Facebook Credits for free. It is similar to the Free Cityville coins Scam that offered 4000000 coins and 400 in cash.
It is recommended that you ignore the scam message or delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.
The new Facebook scam in question is spreading with the text given below and includes images of people in compromising positions;
OMG!! Th1s school girl is rap3d @ the highschool WC by 2 c0ll3agu3s … WARNING: Explicit content!
OMG!! Th1s school girl is rap3d @ the highschool WC by 2 c0ll3agu3s … WARNING: Explicit content!
OMFG!! Th1s girl g3ts rapped 4t schoooool BATHROOM by two c0ll3agu3s … WARNING: Explicit content!
There are several other variants in which this scam might be spreading too. The website URLs in these updates might be different and not work because they get blocked pretty quickly.
The scam in question is a survey related scam where users are asked to take part in surveys which will make money for the scammers. In the end, you won’t get to see any videos while your Facebook wall might be updated with a similar status which can be seen by your friends. This can definitely be very embarrassing, so don’t click on those stupid links.
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.
Gold Safe is a game show that is aired on Indian television channels NDTV Imagine and Zee TV. The game show titled “Guess the Celebrity”, awards you cash prize if you guess the celebrity’s name right. The show follows a simple rule. Viewers are asked to identify the celebrity, who’s face is partially shown. If the viewer gives the answer correct, he/she is awarded cash prizes ranging from Rs. 20,000 to one lac.
Gold Safe is a project by Cellcast Interactive India, a part of UK based broadcasting company, Cellcast Group. Cellcast Group was co-founded by Andrew Wilson and Bertrand Folliet who operate mainly Chat and Adult channels on DTT and Satellite TV. Their first operation, a British soft porn TV programme called Babestation, started way back in 2002.
Gold Safe started in India a couple of years back. I was not aware of this show until one of my friends told me about it. After listening to the explanation that my friend gave on how the show works, my first reaction was that it was a fake. Although I knew I was right, I did a check on it. As expected, it turns out to be a fake game show. The game show lured its viewers with false hopes of winning easy money.
The game looks easy to play, but to actually play it, you need to wait and wait for hours. In order to participate in the game, viewers are asked to dial the number 5664464 and answer the question once their call is connected. The call rates, however, are Rs. 12/minute on leading networks like Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Idea, Tata Indicom and so on. That’s more than ISD charges.
How do they manage to get people to call?
First of all, it is all about the money. Secondly, they have this 60-second timer that keeps popping up every now and then. If no one answers the question within the time limit, then the value of the question drops down. They also have these constant stupid chatters asking people to pick up the phone and call. Most of the times they are out of words and repeat the same shitty sentence again and again.
The whole problem with this show, is that callers are kept on hold for over 45 minutes, and are never connected. That’s Rs. 540 bucks in just 45 minutes from one caller. Now imagine that for 10 viewers making calls simultaneously.
Now you are wondering; “What about the people who call and frequently give wrong answers?” Well, those are all fake calls. These calls are made by someone internally or one of their crew members. The person who gets the answer right is also fake.
Here’s a picture of a celebrity. Viewers were asked to identify the celebrity and whoever got it right, stood a chance to win Rs. 85,000. Out of 7 callers, 6 people got the answer wrong. People guessed that the celebrity was Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, Tanushree Dutta and so on.
If I asked a 14-year old to guess who this celebrity was, I’m pretty dammed sure the kid would have answered Kajol – which is the right answer.
The show is aired live from 12.00 Midnight – 02.00 AM, all 7 days of the week. I doubt that it’s even a live telecast. I think it’s a pre-recorded show which claims to be “live”.
There’s also a Facebook page against Gold Safe, created in 2010. It states that –
This page is to counter the fraud on NDTV Imagine’s Gold Safe – where you are left on hold forever paying 10 bucks per minute on the phone. If you see this first – you know you have the right answers. If you watch this channel you are welcome to post
Here’s a clip of the game show posted on YouTube.
I happened to Google this topic and I was not surprised to see the number of complaints against Gold Safe. Viewers reported that the real callers were never connected, but were always put on hold. Here’s one such complaint reported on Indian Consumer Complaint Forum which has got over 130+ comments that are against the game show.
I did not expect such shows from NDTV and Zee TV. I am not sure why this show is still being aired despite the many complaints against it. If you have faced problems with this show, then please fill out this form to complaint against it. If you think that this is not fake, then please let us know your experience by adding a comment below.
A couple of months back, we had reported about Speak Asia being a scam survey site that promised to pay its registered users for answering surveys. Please do not fall for such game shows or survey sites that tempt you to earn big bucks.
Speak Asia is a Singapore based market research company that organizes online surveys for various products and companies. It launched it’s services in India sometime back and there are a number of ads you see on TV and newspapers. People wonder, how Speak Asia works and how it makes money? Is it real or a scam?
Speak Asia charges Rs.11,000 ($250) to register. Once successfully registered, a set of surveys are provided to answer. For every survey you complete, you get paid Rs. 500 ($11.36)
Speak Asia currently offers 3 different methods to register.
Email a scanned copy of your income statement which states that you earn over $1000 from one of the top 20 survey companies.
Apply for a test in English. The examination fee is $60. The topics will range from general knowledge to comprehension. You can give test at Mumbai or Singapore.
Pay $120 for 26 issues of online surveys or $220 for 52 issues and get direct entry to Speak Asia.
Here’s the catch. The first two ways of signing up for the program makes some sense as they are accepting quality panelists, but the third way to sign up for the program sounds fishy. Anyone can register by paying the fee and I wonder how they can compromise quality for $220?
Here are some interesting facts and things that have been happening in the last few days.
Speak Asia’s website states that they have their main office in Singapore and do not have an registered office in India yet. Wonder how they’re still offering services in India? The documents listed in Speak Asia’s website are rubbish. No legal documents of the company are available online.
Headline Today conducted a background check on Speak Asia sometime back and found out that the owner of Speak Asia is not based in Singapore and lives in Tax haven of British Virgin Island.
Interestingly, IndiaToday reported that the ownership of Speak Asia conforms to a typical offshore structure where multi-layered waterfall structure is created to hide the actual owner.
On 27th May, United Overseas Bank, based in Singapore has closed all accounts of Speak Asia.
Our bank account in Singapore has not been frozen… we are only moving our company account to another bank. We are approaching and evaluating various other banks in Singapore from where we will soon be able to disburse the payments to all panelists,Speak Asia said in a statement.
Here’s a complete analysis done by Vijay at India Forums. Interesting. Must read!
For over a year, Speak Asia has collected Rs. 11,000 from lakhs of people assuring them of high returns within months, but not sure how far it is true. If you’re planning to register, then I suggest you not to do so. Looking at the analysis, it can be scam. You never know!
Please share this across with all your friends and alert the ones who have already registered.
A new like-jacking scam is spreading through Facebook. The scam states: “You won’t beleive what she does!! Omg you have to watch it”. The message contains a YouTube link and when a user clicks on the video link, the scam will be automatically posted on your Facebook wall stating that you “like” the video.
Here’s a screenshot of the scam:
You can notice that there’s a typo in the scammer’s message. The word ‘beleive’ has been spelled incorrectly.
Beware, please do not click on the link and remember to ‘Mark as Spam’
A new scam, “Enable Dislike Button” is spreading on Facebook. When I logged in to Facebook today, a friend of mine posted on my wall stating, “I just enabled the new dislike button! Click ‘Enable’ to enable the feature! Dislike Button enabled by 464,350 users”. At once, I figured out that it is a scam and searched on Google to confirm it. Facebook does not have a “dislike” button and might not have as well, so don’t fall for this scam.
Researchers from Sophos also spotted this scam and quoted, There is no official dislike button provided by Facebook and there isn’t ever likely to be,.
Avoiding such scams is not an easy task on Facebook. You are always tempted to click on such links, but you can always follow caution. Clif had written a nice post on How to Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams, it is definitely a worthwhile read to find and spot such scams.
Google Music, a platform that allows users to upload their music collection to an online personal library from where they can listen and download it to a device that is connected to the Internet.
Google Music is currently in Beta and the service is available on a limited, invite-only basis in the U.S. only. There are scammers who are offering “free Google Music Beta invite” which you should probably avoid clicking such links.
Any person or website claiming to be giving awayGoogle Music invites is lying, a fact we’ve just confirmed with Google representatives. Because of the way invites are handed out, they’re linked to specific Google Accounts. In other words, one person can’t request an invite and pass it on; the invite has to be requested and accepted by the same Google Account.
Just be sure that you don’t fall for this trap. If you come across links for Google Music invites, don’t click them. Don’t bother sharing them on social networking sites or anywhere else. If you’re a US resident, then the only way you can request for an invite is from http://music.google.com/about/