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

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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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:

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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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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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