There is a new scam that is spreading like wildfire on Facebook, where it promises to show a video of a roller coaster accident that took place in a theme park in California. There have been similar such video scams spreading on Facebook. We have alerted our readers about it and provided some precautionary steps on how to avoid clicking on such scam messages on Facebook.
The new scam is spreading with the title – “Rollercoaster Accident in California!” and has the message (description) – “This IS CRAZY has just been leaked!” along with a link to the bogus site.
Clicking on the link will take you to a page that is designed by scammers to look exactly like a Facebook page. Take a look at the URL in the address bar. It clearly shows that the page you have visited is a fake. Upon landing on the page, you will be presented with a video player, however, a pop-up message appears before the play button, which asks you to click on the “I am over 13″ button in order to verify your age.
DO NOT click on that button whatsoever. Clicking it might automatically click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account and the same scam message will be posted on your Facebook Timeline. This in turn may cause your friends to click on the link and spread the scam message.
Sometimes, you will be asked to install Facebook apps, which could possibly steal your personal information and also spam your friends on Facebook. Users should always be selective in installing Facebook apps. Install only those apps which are well-known and from trusted sources. Facebook is filled with such scam apps and it is advised that you avoid installing them.
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 Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.
With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the 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. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated Facebook Page – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.