Facebook 'Shocking Video' Scam - 'See What Happens to this Pregnant Lady'
According to a post currently appearing on Facebook, you can click to see what happens to a pregnant lady at the beach, a viewing that it promises will make your jaw drop.
The post includes a rather revealing teaser image of said pregnant lady along with a video 'play' icon. The post warns that some viewers may find the footage disturbing.
But, the post is just one more in a long, sorry, line of similar 'shocking video' scams.
If you click on the post in the hope of seeing the footage, you will be taken to a fake Facebook page that appears to host the video. But, when you attempt to play the video, a popup message will claim that you must first share the page on Facebook (see screenshot below).
Sharing as requested - an act that will promote the same scam message to your Facebook friends - will take you to another fake webpage that again appears to host the video. This time, the fake page is designed to look like a YouTube page.
But, when you again attempt to play the footage, yet another popup will block your access. This time, the message will claim that you must prove that you are human by clicking a link and completing a survey.
The link will take you to a third-party website that promises various prizes in exchange for providing your name and contact details. However, fine print on the page will state that your information will be shared with other marketers. Thus, you will soon begin receiving annoying phone calls, emails, and letters promoting products and services you probably don't want or need.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the post will earn a commission each and every time users provider their information via one of the surveys. And, no matter how many surveys you complete, the promised video will remained blocked.
In some versions, the fake pages may also try to trick you into downloading a 'video player update' that is supposedly required to allow correct viewing of the footage. However, the 'update' is actually a malware program that can take over your browser, display malicious advertisements, and interfere with your computer's security settings.
And, the great irony here is that you can freely view the actual video directly on YouTube without the need to spam your Facebook friends, participate in dodgy surveys, or download any malware. Despite the rather compelling headline, the video simply shows an unborn child's movements in the womb.
If you receive one of these shocking video posts, do not be fooled into clicking. Quite often, should you really want to see the promised footage, a quick search on YouTube will afford you that opportunity without further ado.
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[SHOCKING VIDEO] When You See What Happens To This Pregnant Lady At the Beach, Your Jaw Will Drop
Last updated: May 6, 2015
First published: May 6, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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