Scams

Facebook Scam: 16 people dead at Universal Studios Orlando Florida

A Facebook scam used to hijack Facebook accounts and tag-spam the user’s friends uploads an image of a roller coaster with text that says something similar to “Shocking Video] Fox formation as to why this occurred.Live CCTV video of -Breaking News- 16 people dead at Universal Studios Orlando Florida from a deadly roller coaster accident.”

This scam claims to contain a breaking news video and claims that 16 people have died at Universal Studios Orlando Florida from a deadly roller coaster accident that veered off tracks in mid air plummeting all passengers into the ground.

The scam will attempt to persuade Facebook users to click malicious links by promising to contain a video. However, there is no video. Once malicious links are clicked, the Facebook user’s profile will become hijacked by a manual share web attack that gives scam artists and spammers access to the account in order to spam content on the user’s behalf.

Example

[Shocking Video] Fox formation as to why this occurred.Live CCTV video of -Breaking News- 16 people dead at Universal Studios Orlando Florida from a deadly roller coaster accident that veered off tracks in mid air plummeting all passengers into the ground. There are 4 passengers that survive the accident but are in critical condition. Local investigators are currently at the scene gathering in the accident has been uploaded to Fox news but will not be broadcast through the air due to graphic content and can only be seen in the link provided here. Viewer discretion is advised, this video is strictly only for adults 18 and over.Watch the CCTVfootage http://plakdangarodencoastertres.cf/roller%20landing/

Solution

If your Facebook account has been affected by this scam or if you feel your computer is infected with malware please see the recommended solutions below. *If you have provided your email address, telephone number, and home address to the fraudulent surveys it is likely that you will receive unwanted email spam, telephone calls, and junk mail at home. In order to disable this occurrence it is recommended to take the necessary steps and safety precautions introduced by your email service, telephone provider, and mail carrier.

  • Change your Facebook password (located in your Facebook Settings) and make sure to log out of every device when prompted to. This will stop unauthorized access to your account.

remove Facebook app

  • Remove suspicious Facebook Apps (Settings > Apps). In many cases rogue Facebook Apps can be used to spam these messages without direct user consent.
  • If you believe your computer is infected with malware we recommend to download and install reputable Anti-Malware software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once installed, update the software, and run a scan for malicious files. *This software is available free or as a full version and can block malicious websites in real-time.

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