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'Shocking Accident on the Roller Coaster' Video

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As shared on Facebook, Feb. 11, 2014:
Shocking Accident on the Roller Coaster in a Park

Netlore Archive: Circulating via social media, viral blurbs for a "shocking" video of a roller coaster accident.

Via Facebook

Description: Viral wall postings
Circulating since: Feb. 2014
Status: SCAM

Analysis: Don't fall for this clickjacking scam. Users who follow links in these posts promoting a video of a roller coaster accident are redirected to a page on a Brazilian website where they're asked to share the video before viewing it. What happens after you click the Share button (spamming all your friends) is that you're asked to fill out a survey form, which generates revenue for the scammers. Worst case scenario, you could be exposed to a malware attack. You will not see the promised video.

More examples of Facebook clickjacking scams:
"You Won't Believe What This Pregnant Girl Does!" Video
"Baby Mermaid Birth Confirmed" Video
"Poor Girl Ended Up in the Emergency Room" Video
"Dead Mermaid Discovered in Florida" Video
"Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge" Video
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Further reading:

How to Protect Yourself from Clickjacking Attacks
About.com: Internet/Network Security

Clickjacking Scams: Man-Eating Snakes and Unwatchable Videos
Softpedia, 14 June 2012


Last updated 02/11/14

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