The ‘Never gonna drink Coca Cola again’ Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If one of your friends said they were never going to drink Coca Cola again after watching a horrific video, would you be tempted to watch the video?

Judging by the number of Facebook users who have posted status updates claiming they are never going to drink Coca Cola again, it seems plenty found it an invitation impossible to resist.

A typical message reads:

<name> I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video –> http://www.[removed]

Find out the TRUTH about Coke!!!

If you do click on the link you will find yourself on a website saying that “9/10 People said they WOULDNT drink Coca Cola After seeing this video!!!” above a thumnail of a video which says that “Coca Cola can’t hide its crimes”.

Perhaps surprisingly, this webpage isn’t exploiting the now familiar clickjacking technique to falsely claim that the Facebook user “Like”s the page without the user’s…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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