Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

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.

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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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  • But, how do you SEE the video?

    n/t
    davebarnes
    • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

      @davebarnes LOL, not through facebook. I'm pretty sure I've seen it on youtube or probably break. Nope, I just googled, I saw it on tosh.0.
      jred
    • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

      @davebarnes I See Everything.
      great-ish-soul
  • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

    "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.***"

    What an arrogant cocky %$#@ing statement on behalf of zdnet. Someone is curious about a video, they deserve to be scammed. Emil Protalinski you deserve to be fired.
    nemodomi
  • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

    A friend of my nephews brother in law told my boss's sister it is a legit video.....
    thofts
    • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

      @thofts
      The actual video is legit, and you can see it on the Darwin Awards site.
      The guy actualy ramed the doors with his wheelchair untill he broke through.
      Kualinar
  • It's easy...... avoid FB apps

    I won't click on anything involving a Facebook app. I won't allow apps to run in my account. I don't think any apps exist that I can't get through life without.
    shawkins
  • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

    I once saw a paraplegic (or was it quadriplegic? Damn, I can't remember) take the stairs in his wheelchair. He was on his way down, of course. I flipped him the bird and woke up.
    great-ish-soul
    • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

      @great-ish-soul . I thought you looked familiar. Yes, I WAS a paraplegic, NOW.....no thanks to YOU....I'm a QUADRIPLEGIC!!
      And it's no fun trying to type this by blowing into this damn straw. Thanks a-lot!
      Watersisland
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  • RE: Man in wheelchair falls down elevator shaft (Facebook scam)

    Actually - the incident that this video refers to actually happened - the guy who fell down the elevator shaft won a Darwin Award - actual video here:

    http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2010-08.html
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