Facebook suicide death video? Rogue application makes money for survey scammers

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

Only the ghoulish would want to watch a webcam video of a young woman committing suicide after she broke up from her boyfriend. Or so you would like to think.

However, this is precisely the bait being used by Facebook survey scammers who have used a number of rogue applications to trick users into clicking on links, and taking surveys that earn them money.

Innocent Facebook users are unwittingly sharing links such as the following:

Facebook message: Jessy, 21 yrs Girl from Miami Florida killed her self before a Cam after breakup. First time a Live suicide death video of true lovers in the history on a Cam (Weak hearts dont watch)

Jessy, 21 yrs Girl from Miami Florida killed her self before a Cam after breakup. First time a Live suicide death video of true lovers in the history on a Cam (Weak hearts dont watch) [LINK]

If you make the mistake of clicking on the link, you are asked to give permission to a rogue third-party Facebook application.

Facebook rogue application

Its intention? To spam the original message from your Facebook account (after all, you've just granted it permission to post status updates on your wall) and to direct you to an online survey which earns them commission.

Facebook survey scam

By the way, note that the messages may not all refer to "Jessy" or "Miami, Florida". Our friends over at the FaceCrooks website have seen versions which use a different girl's name and location.

If you have been hit by scams like this on Facebook, and are struggling to clean-up your profile, here's a YouTube video I made which describes what steps you need to take:

(Enjoy this video? You can check out more on the SophosLabs YouTube channel and subscribe if you like)

Make sure that you keep informed about the latest scams spreading fast across Facebook and other internet attacks. Join the Sophos page on Facebook, where over 60,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest security news.

You could also do a lot worse than check out our best practices for better privacy and security on Facebook guide.

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4 Responses to Facebook suicide death video? Rogue application makes money for survey scammers

  1. Mo Jones · 1278 days ago

    I cannot believe that so many people are taken in by these scams. Am trying VERY hard to get as many of my friends as possible onto SOPHOS but there's still scams being posted! The one going round at the moment is the "I was logged into FB for xxxx hours in 2010" The one about the girl who's supposed to have committed suicide after her father read her FB page!!! So sad!

  2. Amber · 1271 days ago

    As an advocate for the prevention of suicide and a registered medical assistant who handles calls at a crisis hotline, it sickens me that people are actually clicking on this link in the hopes of seeing a girl kill herself. I saw my father put a shotgun in his mouth & pull the trigger. It has horribly scarred me for the rest of my life. There has to be something done to stop these types of things from being spread on the Internet...

  3. Robin · 1270 days ago

    LOL. The image of "Jessy Video" is lonelygirl15. That's a bit of a tip-off too...

  4. Guest · 1269 days ago

    Lucky for all of us Amber, this video does not exist....no harm, no foul...

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