Description: Viral wall postings
Circulating since: Feb. 2014
Analysis: Welcome to another social media clickjacking scam. Users who click on links in "SHOCKING VIDEO" posts like these are typically redirected to a page where they're asked to share the video with everyone they know before viewing it — which alone ought to give one pause.
Those who continue this far are then typically asked to take an online survey, which is how the perpetrators generate revenue. Completing the survey does not guarantee one will see the promised video, however, because typically there is no video. It's a classic bait and switch.
Worst case scenario, careless users may expose themselves to a malware attack (one should be especially wary of links offering downloadable software of any kind) and end up with their account and/or network security compromised.
Think before you click.
See resources below for more info on identifying and protecting yourself from online clickjacking and survey scams.
More examples of Facebook clickjacking scams:
• "Woman Falls Into Polar Bear Pit" Video
• "Girl Killed Herself Live on Cam" Video
• "Baby Mermaid Birth Confirmed" Video
• "Dead Mermaid Discovered in Florida" Video
• "Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge" Video
• "Giant Snake Swallows Up a Zookeeper" 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 02/17/14