Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

Summary:Scammers are taking advantage of ignorant Facebook users by tricking them with claims of a disturbing video of a man in a wheelchair falling down an elevator shaft.

Facebook scammers are once again trying to pique your curiosity with claims of a video of a man in a wheelchair falling down an elevator shaft. Well, if that's really what you want to see, maybe you really do deserved to get scammed.

This version says something along the lines of "Man in wheelchair falls down the elevator shaft *SHOCKING VIDEO*" followed by a link. It also has the following description, according to Sophos: "This Video is really shocking. a man in a wheelchair is falling down the elevator shaft."

Just like the previous "likejacking" scams (a play on the term clickjacking, which means prompting a victim to click something while a different action is taken behind the scenes) any of the above will lead you to a rogue Facebook Page. The fake video player window is overlayed with a hidden iframe; actually clicking on it anywhere will also submit a Facebook Like and spread the post to your Facebook page. You may think you'll eventually get to see a video, but you won't.

The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information.

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. Some security suites as well as the Firefox add-on NoScript will prevent the likejacking from taking place.

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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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