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Issue 144 - December 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 14

Undertaker - John Cena 'Bloodiest Fight Ever' Survey Scam

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Message being distributed on Facebook claims WWE wrestler Undertaker suffered a severe head injury in a fight with fellow wrestler John Cena and invites users to click a link to view a video of this "bloodiest fight ever on WWE'.

Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are false. Undertaker was not injured as claimed. Links in the message lead to a rogue Facebook application and a survey scam. Do not follow any links in these messages.

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Last updated: November 20, 2012
First published: November 20, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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THE UNDERTAKER of WWE suffered from a severe head injury after the Hell in a cell. The Undertaker was rushed in ICU right after the BL00DIEST fight ever happened on WWE. The fight match was BANNED on TV due to violence. Watch the original vide0 from WWE on h0w The bl00dy fight ends with Undertaker together with J0hn Cena. (f0r 18yrs & ab0ve) -->[Link Removed]

Undertaker - John Cena Survey Scam

Detailed Analysis
According to a message that is currently moving rapidly across Facebook, Undertaker of WWE fame was severely injured in a wrestling bout with fellow WWE wrestler John Cena. The message claims that after the event, billed as the bloodiest fight ever on WWE, Undertaker was rushed to ICU with head injuries. The message claims that users can click a link to see a video of the fight.

However, the claims in the message are lies designed to trick unwary users into clicking the included link. Undertaker has not been injured as claimed and the link does not open a video. Those who fall for the ruse and click the link will be first asked to provide permission to a Facebook application as shown in the following screenshot:

Undertaker Rogue App
If users allow permission as requested, the rogue app will automatically post the same bogus message onto their wall, thereby enticing their friends to get caught by the scam as well.

After the rogue app is installed, a new page opens that supposedly contains the promised video. However, users are told that they must perform a "security check" by participating in a survey before being allowed to watch the video:

Fake Undertaker Video Page

Some of these "survey" pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.

Even after users complete a survey and return to the bogus "video" page, the following message will be displayed:

Survey scam Not Completed Message

In fact, no matter how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never get to see the fight video, which does not exist. Undertaker, John Cena and Rey Mysterio have all been targeted in other such scam messages in recent weeks.

The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

Survey scams like this one are extremely common. Be very cautious of any message that appears on your Facebook wall that claims that a celebrity has died or been injured and claims that you can click a link to read more information or watch a video.

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Wrestling Star Undertaker is NOT Dead
Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
Rey Mysterio is NOT Dead
Facebook Survey Scams

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Issue 144 Start Menu

Pages in this issue:
  1. Jetstar 'Flight Itinerary' Malware Email
  2. WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax
  3. Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers
  4. Virgin Money 'Re-Confirm SiteKey' Phishing Scam
  5. How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax
  6. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  7. Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
  8. Absurd Warning - 'LOL' stands for 'Lucifer Our Lord'
  9. Bogus Prize Offers on Facebook - 'Like and Share To Win'
  10. Tesco Christmas Voucher Phishing Scam
  11. DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax
  12. ANZ 'Reward for Loyal Customers' Phishing Scam
  13. Chase Paymentech 'Merchant Billing Statement' Malware Email
  14. Undertaker - John Cena 'Bloodiest Fight Ever' Survey Scam
  15. Padlock on Facebook Home Page Hacker Warning Hoax
  16. Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
  17. Target 'Free Gift Voucher' Survey Scam
  18. Another Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages In Your Name
  19. Fake Tsunami Warning 'News' Report Points to Malware
  20. Reserve Bank Of India Phishing Scam
  21. Better Business Bureau 'Complaint Received' Malware Emails