03/13/11 - Article No: 1243
Japanese Tsunami Launches Whale into Building - Facebook Survey Scam
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Japans Tsunami Sends whale Smashing Into A Building
Rumours are spreading claiming to show video footage of a whale being launched into a building by the Japanese tsunami.
However such links are false and are just directing victims to a survey scam using a clickjacking attack to spread itself.
Facebook users are advised to ignore posts and links pertaining to the above description.
Survey scams are one of the most prolific trending scams that circulate Facebook with hundreds of variants being spread every day. Survey scams are simply scams that involve a scammer tricking a Facebook user into completing a survey and parting with much of their personal information. Survey scams will also involve tricking a Facebook user into helping the scam circulate across Facebook by sharing it with their Facebook contacts.
Survey scams exist because scammers get paid every time they get a Facebook user to complete a survey - paid by the companies who own the surveys. Those companies are willing to pay scammers every time they get someone to complete a survey, meaning scammers will use deceptive techniques and schemes to get Facebook users to do such surveys. On Facebook, this usually means promising a Facebook user a reward, bonus, prize or feature – which typically does not exist. However the Facebook user does not realise this until the survey has been completed, and by then it is too late and the scammer has made their money.
When this is done the user is then instructed to complete the survey which will mean parting with much of their personal information and inevitably getting spammed. The following screenshot shows a typical window requesting a victim complete a survey. Often these windows will justify their presence by claiming they are there to 'prove you are human', or they are 'anti SPAM measures' or to 'verify your age'
If you have fallen for a survey scam, firstly you need to clean up your Facebook profile, because you have shared a survey scam website which is appearing in the newsfeed of your Facebook friends. To stop that, you need to delete the shared post. Go to your Facebook and locate the offending post. Hover the mouse cursor over the post and an icon with a down arrow will appear in the top right of the post. Click that and click Delete Post (see image below)
This will stop the post being shared with your friends, though take note that some Facebook friends may have already seen it before you had a chance to delete it.
Also worth noting is that survey scams are NOT viruses or hackers. If your Facebook account has started posting links to survey scams, it means that you have shared a website with your Facebook friends, be it through any of the methods we mentioned above. It doesn’t mean your account has been hacked or you have a virus. Survey scams are often confused with hacing your account hacked because victims often forget they were requested to share the website.
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You can read our article on survey scams here.