Facebook scam: Rollercoaster Accident in California!

Facebook scam: Rollercoaster Accident in California!

Summary: Scammers are taking advantage of ignorant Facebook users by tricking them with claims of a disturbing video showing a supposed roller coaster accident in California. No such video exists.

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Facebook scammers are once again trying to pique your curiosity with claims of a video showing a roller coaster accident in California. This is a scam and no such video exists.

This version says something like "Rollercoaster Accident in California!" or "HORRIFIC Roller Coaster Accident! In Universal Studios.." or "OMG! Theme Park accident in Alton Towers United Kingdom Rollercoaster Accident in United Kingdom Check this @:" or "HORRIFIC! - Summertime Theme Park Australia" or "OMG! - Theme Park accident in Universal Studios Hollywood" followed by a fraudulent link. It also has a juicy description: "This IS CRAZY has just been leaked!" or "Watch this horrific video now.." or "ACCIDENT! - 89% Cant Watch It Rollercoaster Accident in Australia" or "Rollercoaster Accident in California."

The link takes you to what appears to be a video embedded on what looks like a Facebook webpage. Both are fake. 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. You're also told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends, as well as add a comment. The next webpage urges you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service, complete an online survey, and/or buy some pills. Last but not least, they also use the scams to spread malware and obtain personal information. Never fill out anything or download anything to unlock a video or another type of content.

As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your Messages and Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and Unlike any relevant Pages, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topics: Security, Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

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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  • Stupid is as stupid does.

    Grow a brain or get one at Kmart.
    Some people would do better if they got one there.
    Cheap, crappy, made in China but it would be better than the one they apparently have.
    MoeFugger
  • Facebook Scams!

    Facebook scams or any other kinds, I think everybody should check Scam Detector, an app that Apple released recently. They have hundreds and hundreds of scams exposed, in several industries. For those interested, the app has an online presence as well: www.scam-detector.com
    gopaldas17