'Never Ever Drink Coca' Video Survey Scam
According to a message being distributed on Facebook, you will never drink 'Coca' again after you have clicked on the message and watched leaked video footage.
The message features a clickable image depicting Coca-Cola bottles on a factory conveyor belt. It claims that the video will reveal a shocking secret that everyone will hate.
However, no secrets, shocking or otherwise, will be revealed to those who click the image. In fact, the post is a typical 'shocking video' survey scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information via dodgy survey websites.
If you do click on the post, you will be taken to a fake Facebook Page that appears to host the promised video. The Page includes several fake user comments designed to further encourage you to play the video.
When you attempt to play the video, a popup message will claim that you must share the video before it will start. Via this ruse, the scammers ensure that their bogus message reaches an ever-widening audience on Facebook.
And, even if you do share as requested, you will still not get to see the video. Instead, you will be taken to a fake YouTube page that again appears to host the video. But, this time, when you attempt to play the footage, a 'Facebook Human Verification' popup will claim that you must first complete a survey to prove that you are human. The popup contains a list of links to various surveys.
If you click one of the links, you will be taken to yet another website that promises the chance to win prizes in exchange for participating in a survey. The site will ask you to provide your name and contact details as a condition of entry. However, fine print on the survey pages will inform you that the information you provide will be shared with third-party marketers.
Thus, you will soon begin receiving annoying phone calls, emails, and surface letters from various marketing companies intent on selling products and services you probably don't need or want.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake video post will earn money via dodgy affiliate marketing programs each time a person provides their information via one of the survey pages.
And, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will never get to see the promised Coke video. The image used in the scam post is a shot of a normal bottling plant and appears in several other unrelated contexts.
Scam posts like this one are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any post that tries to entice you to click a link to see 'shocking' or 'breaking' video footage. If you do click such a link and the resulting page insists that you must share a post and participate in surveys before you can view the footage, you would be wise to exit the page immediately.
Last updated: October 24, 2015
First published: June 10, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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