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'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

Outline
Facebook message claims that actor Paul Walker was still alive minutes after the accident took place and invites users to click a link to see a "shocking video" of the event.

Paul Walker

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Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are false and there is no video footage. The message is a scam designed to trick users into giving their Facebook login details to Internet criminals and participating in survey scams. Do not click on any links in these messages.

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Example

(Shocking Video) Leaked footage of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker shows that he was still alive minutes after Rodas and Walker crashed into a light pole and tree! - Watch the footage of the accident unfolding as the porsche appears to have lost its brakes slamming into a tree and a light pole. Both where pinned inside the Porsche and would need mechanical equipment to get them out. A few seconds later the car started to engulf in flames at the 4 minute mark and the firemen and paramedics came a couple minutes late to extinguish the fire and where able to get them out but where pronounced dead at the scene due to the trauma of their injuries. Captured footage of the accident has been uploaded online by bystanders, but will not be broadcasted over the air due to graphic material as the first responders tried to save him. Warning due to the graphic content this video is only suited for adults. Viewer discretion is ADVISED. Watch the video here [Link Removed].

Paul Walker alive Scam


Detailed Analysis


According to a message circulating on Facebook, the late actor Paul Walker was still alive for some minutes after the fiery car crash that took his life. The message claims that users can click a link to see "leaked footage" that shows that the star was alive just after the accident.

However, the message is a disgraceful scam that attempts to exploit the tragedy of Paul Walker's death. In fact, this is only one of several such scams that have been distributed since the star's death on November 30, 2013.

This version is more heinous than some of its predecessors in that it attempts to steal Facebook login details from users as well as trick them into participating in survey scams.

Those who believe the claims and click the link, apparently with the rather macabre desire to view footage of the fatal accident, will first be taken to a bogus webpage designed to look like the Facebook website. Once on the page, they will be asked to login to Facebook again by supplying their username and password.

If they comply and "login" on the fake page, their login credentials will be collected by the criminals operating the scam. The criminals can then hijack the compromised Facebook accounts, lock out their rightful owners, and use the accounts to launch further scam and spam attacks.

And, that is only part one of the scam progression. After submitting their login details, victims will then be redirected to a fake movie database page that supposedly hosts the desired footage. But, when users try to play the video, a popup window will inform them that they must first complete a survey as a means of verifying that they are over 18 years of age before being allowed to view the video.

Some of the 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 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.

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.

If any of these Paul Walker accident video messages come your way, be sure not to click on any links that they contain.

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Last updated: January 14, 2014
First published: January 14, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Scammers Exploit Death of Actor Paul Walker
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained




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