American guy must be stoned to death Facebook survey scam spreads quickly

Filed Under: Facebook, Rogue applications, Social networks, Spam

A scam is spreading rapidly across Facebook, luring users into clicking on a link, using messages like the following:

Stoned to death

This American GUY must be Stoned to De@th for doing this to a GIRL: [LINK]

Other versions can read, in a seasonal twist:

This American GUY must be Stoned to De@th for doing this to a GIRL on Christmas Eve: [LINK]

If you are tempted to find out what "this American guy" did to a girl that means he "must be stoned to death" (or "de@th" as the scammers put it), then you're presented with a fake video thumbnail which shows a young woman in her skimpy underthings, standing by a locked door.

Stoned to death video thumbnail

You can imagine that this is going to be hard for many hot blooded males with a twitchy mouse finger to resist. But from there on, it's pretty much the same old story that we've described on many other occasions.

You are tricked into giving permission to a third party application (including giving it the rights to post to your Facebook page)..

Stoned to death rogue application

An online survey pops up, pretending to be a Facebook anti-spam verification (but really designed to earn the scammers commission for every survey completed..

Stoned to death scam survey

And meanwhile, your Facebook profile has spread the message on virally to your other Facebook friends - thus helping the scammers make even more cash.

Stoned to death message spread virally

Here's a YouTube video where I show you how to clean-up your Facebook account if you were hit by this, or similar scams:

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8 Responses to American guy must be stoned to death Facebook survey scam spreads quickly

  1. Faith · 1213 days ago

    Excellent! Thanks for the heads up, really :)

  2. Dieter · 1213 days ago

    If people are dumb enough to click on those stupid links then that's their problem in my opinion. I'm so sick of these retarded "Oh my god I'm never eating mcdonalds again after seeing this" or "I can't believe this guy did this to his ex girlfriend" bullsh*t...

    Really people, learn to internet!

    • Chris · 1213 days ago

      Problem is, the scammers are continuing to make a profit off of it.

    • Granz · 1213 days ago

      Totally agree, Dieter. I just wish they didn't keep sending me the bloody links!

  3. Armando · 1213 days ago

    Nice bit. Thanks.

  4. Leah · 1213 days ago

    I dont get how they make money if someone clicks the link

    • Kranu · 1207 days ago

      They have a bunch of ads on the site. Plus, in order to
      view the final video, you have to complete this survey (those
      really long ones that never end) which gives the scammers money. If
      if you don't complete the survey, by that stage, you have
      shared the link with all of your friends, and one of your friends
      are likely to do it.

  5. Facebook needs a app reviewing system. Only then all these scams will stop as they are unable to create rubbish apps like this.

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