Facebook Users Targeted With Fake Videos

February 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Posts saying a girl committed suicide live on cam just after her husband or dad saw “her while doing this on cam” are fake, and it’s a Facebook scam designed to spread bogus surveys.

The posts include lewd images of women with a play button over it. There’s no video, and before one accesses the post, the user has to share it, ensuring that the scam is spread even further.

“Girl Killed Herself Live on Cam Just After Dad Seen Her While Doing This on Cam. She was feeling so much shame and could not see in her dad eyes,” reads the poorly worded statement that accompanies the post. Other ones replace the word “dad” with “husband.”

The scams are designed to get people to share and click on the post, enticing them with sensationalist subjects. The users are then directed to a bogus fake Facebook page with fake comments.

They’re asked to share the page, and later, the website displays surveys that are aimed at collecting users’ personal data–not limited to e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and addresses.

The scammers make money from the surveys. They might also sell the personal information.

Again, there is no video.

Facebook “clickjacking” posts can spread malware or rogue apps. These should not be downloaded, and users should neither share the post or fill out the survey.

If you’ve shared the post, it’s probably best to delete it.

And if you have allowed an app to access your Facebook account, you should remove it.

The process of deleting the app is relatively simple. Go to your Facebook account settings page and that will list all the applications that you’ve given access to.

Go down and click the “X” on the right of the app. Some of the malware apps are named things like “CNN,” “Fox News,” “YouTube,” or other recognizable websites.