'Never Eat Snickers' Facebook Survey Scam
According to a post being distributed on Facebook, you will never eat Snickers chocolate bars again after clicking a link to see 'leaked video footage'.
The post features a teaser image depicting Snickers bars on a factory conveyor belt. The image includes a video 'play' icon.
However, the post is just a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same scam messages and divulging your personal information via dodgy survey websites.
If you click the image in the hope of viewing the footage, you will be taken to a fake Facebook page that appears to host the video. The page includes a number of fake comments designed to further entice you to proceed.
However, when you try to play the video, a popup will inform you that you must first share the page on Facebook before you can view it (see screenshot at bottom of article). Of course, by sharing, you expose all of your Facebook friends to the same scam.
And, even if you do share, you will still not get to see the promised footage. Instead, you will be taken to a second fake page, this time designed to resemble YouTube.
But, when you attempt to play the video, you will again be blocked from doing so via a popup message. The 'Facebook Human Verification' message will claim that you must complete a survey to prove that you are human. Supposedly, this requirement is a new method of combating spammers.
If you click one of the survey links, you will be taken to a website that promises various prizes in exchange for completing a survey and providing your name and contact details. However, you may not notice the 'fine print' on the page that informs you that your information will be shared with third-party marketers and site sponsors.
Thus, after participating, you may soon find that you begin receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls, emails and surface mail from various companies and marketing firms.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake video post will earn commissions each time somebody provides their information on one of the survey websites.
And, alas, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to see the promised video. In fact, the teaser image for the fake video has been lifted from 2010 news reports about the opening of a Mars chocolate factory in Dubai.
'Shocking video' scams similar to this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any message that tries to entice you to view shocking or salacious footage and claims that you must share posts and participate in surveys as a prerequisite.
The good news, in this case, is that you can continue to enjoy your Snickers bars after all, although a raw carrot would be a healthier option. :)
[WARNING] You will never Eat Snickers Chocolates after watching this leaked video footage.
Last updated: August 14, 2015
First published: May 13, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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