Description: Viral wall postings
Circulating since: Feb. 2014
Status: SCAM (see details below)
Text example: As shared on Facebook, Feb. 17, 2014:
Girl Killed Herself Live on Cam Just After Dad Seen Her While Doing This on Cam
She was feeling so much shame and could not see in her dad eyes
Text example: As shared on Facebook, Feb. 19, 2014:
Girl Killed Herself Live on cam just after mom seen Her While Doing This on Cam
She was feeling so much shame and could not see in her mom eyes
Analysis: Let's face it, it's 2014 and by this time Facebook users ought to know better than to click on lurid posts touting videos of half-naked girls killing themselves on-camera. Seriously.
It's a prime example of what's called a clickjacking scam (aka survey scam). People who take the bait and click on links in these posts are typically redirected to a phony Facebook page where they are asked to share the video before viewing it. Why? So the post will be replicated on that user's page, exposing everyone who sees it to the scam as well.
Users who've clicked through this far expecting to see an actual video shouldn't hold their breath. They will now be asked to take an online survey (by which means the scammers make their money). They may also be offered the opportunity to download free "security" software (which they should not do under any circumstances, because it's almost certainly some sort of Trojan horse virus or other malware).
When, after all that trouble, do you actually get to see the video? Never. The video doesn't exist. You have been successfully scammed.
More examples of Facebook clickjacking / survey scams:
• "Woman Falls Into Polar Bear Pit" Video
• "Hungry Bear Tear Women into Pieces" Video
• "You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does!" Video
• "Dead Mermaid Discovered in Florida" Video
• "Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge" Video
• "Girl Killed Herself on Halloween" Video
• "Will Smith Pronounced Dead" Video
How to Protect Yourself from Clickjacking Attacks
About.com: Internet/Network Security
How to Keep Your Facebook Account Secure
Facebook Help Center
How to Spot a Facebook Survey Scam
Facecrooks.com, 6 February 2011
Clickjacking Scams: Man-Eating Snakes and Unwatchable Videos
Softpedia, 14 June 2012
When a Facebook Friend Gets Clickjacked, What Should You Do?
Sophos Naked Security blog, 25 March 2011
Last updated 02/19/14