Facebook scam warning: Red Arrow crashes during air show video

Summary:Scammers are taking advantage of the tragic death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging to push their usual Facebook likejacking tricks.

Facebook scammers are once again trying to pique your curiosity by using sensational headlines and promises of a video on the social network. This time, they are trying to take advantage of a tragedy that happened this past weekend: Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging was killed during an RAF Red Arrows display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

This version says something along the lines of "Red Arrow crashes during air show Video" followed by a link that takes you to a Facebook Page. According to Facecrooks, the link unsurprisingly wants you to click on an offer before supposedly showing you anything.

It works just like previous "likejacking" scams (a play on the term clickjacking, which means prompting a victim to click something while a different action occurs behind the scenes). It may look you're about to see a YouTube video of the crash which resulted in the British pilot's death, but clicking on any of the mentioned offers simply Likes the Facebook Page in question and spreads the content to your Facebook friends.

The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards their online surveys. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal identification.

As I've recommended before, if you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your own Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and unlike the Page, the better. You can even contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topics: Social Enterprise

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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