A viral Facebook scam, titled “You Will Not Use Head and Shoulders Shampoo After Watching This Video,” is designed just to trick users into completing bogus surveys.
The post used a graphic, Photoshopped image of a person’s skin with a lotus seed pod on top of it. The image isn’t real.
Photoshopped lotus seed pod images have been used in the past for similar scams.
When one clicks on the post, they will simply be taken to a website that offers nothing but surveys.
The surveys are how the scammers make their money. There’s actually no video of Head & Shoulders causing injury to a person.
“The image itself is a hoax, a fabrication that imitates a notorious fake photograph of a supposed ‘breast rash caused by South American larvae’ (created by merging a picture of a lotus seed pod with a picture of a human body part) which has been circulating on the Internet since 2003 and that was earlier used as the subject of a Twitter jape,” says hoax-debunking website Snopes.com about the scam.
It adds: “The referenced video does not exist, and the purpose of the current hoax is to serve as a lure in leading users to yet another survey scam: those who click through on the teaser link hoping to view the Head & Shoulders video are instead taken to a screen that forces them to first share the link with others on Facebook and/or verify their age by completing a survey that promises a $100 VISA Gift Card for its completion.”
Users should not share or “like” the post otherwise it will spread to their friends.