Girl killed herself on Halloween scam spreads quickly on Facebook

Filed Under: Facebook, Social networks, Spam

Scammers have put a new spin on an old Facebook scam, claiming that a girl killed herself on Halloween after her father posted a message on her wall.

Facebook users are sharing messages with their friends, claiming to link to the salacious content.

Halloween Facebook survey scam

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This is unbelievable.. shocking..

The messages are currently spreading very quickly on Facebook, as - at the moment at least - Facebook's built-in security systems are not blocking them.

We've seen similar scams in the past, of course, including some which claimed that the girl killed herself on Christmas Eve rather than at Halloween.

Of course, the story is purely designed to lure you into clicking on the link. So what do you see if you do click on the link?

Halloween Facebook survey scam

You are taken to a third-party webpage where you are told that in order to view the shocking message left by the father on his late daughter's Facebook wall, you will have to "Share" and "Recommend" the link with your friends.

Woah!! Would you really share and recommend a link before you've actually found out what the content is?

Sadly, lots of Facebook users are so curious that they will do exactly that - helping the message spread for scammers.

And why do the scammers want the message to spread?

Because it drives traffic to online surveys like this, which earn the scammers affiliate commission:

Halloween Facebook survey scam

If you were fooled into participating in this scam remove the message from your newsfeed, and delete any messages you may have inadvertently shared with your friends. That way at least you are no longer spreading it with your online chums.

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9 Responses to Girl killed herself on Halloween scam spreads quickly on Facebook

  1. Mark · 1023 days ago

    That is a picture of Megan Meyer who actually did commit suicide because of a Facebook post but the story has nothing to do with her fathers comments. A bizzare twist with a crazy neighbor. See here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Megan_Mei...

    • What a sad story about Megan... you're right about the picture being the same. That's really sick of the scammers.

      I note that her death was attributed to bullying via MySpace rather than Facebook.

  2. Bev · 1023 days ago

    But we need to have compassion for stupid people...right? Thank God (insert yours) for Sophos!

  3. Katherine · 1023 days ago

    I'm glad I have AVG, it immediately flagged this up!

  4. Emerald · 1010 days ago

    As a suicide survivor, I find this totally tasteless and horrifying and I have alerted 1000s of survivors to deluge this company with emails to get it removed!

  5. shar · 491 days ago

    No u don't post something like this on fb ever it's not something u joke around with especially if it was real I know it was 2 years ago but damn kids will get horrible nite mares about these kind of things!!

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