Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball – Facebook scam

At the end of May, footage of a dad dropping his daughter when he tried to catch a baseball at a LA Dodgers-Florida Marlins game made for a much-viewed video.

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Nothing too surprising there, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s the kind of video which often becomes popular on YouTube.

However, this weekend, links began to spread on Facebook claiming to link to the footage – for anyone who hadn’t already seen it.

Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball

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I guess catching that homerun was worth his kids brain damage

Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball on LIVE TV!
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Warning: Mature Content! Ummm what was this guy thinking? We see where his priorities are!

Regular readers of Naked Security will have guessed how this story is going to progress. It is, of course, another survey scam – where scammers drive Facebook users to surveys that help earn them commission.

Survey scam

If you got hit by this scam, make sure you have removed the entries from your news feed (to stop them being shared amongst your friends), marking them as spam if you like, and check your profile does not have any unwanted “Likes” under your “Likes and interests”.

If you use Facebook and want to get an early warning about the latest attacks, I strongly recommend you join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a thriving community of over 100,000 people.

Hat-tip: Thanks to reader Zane for first alerting us to this scam. If you see something that you would like us to investigate, please drop us a line.


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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