Theme Park accident video used as bait by Facebook viral scammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It’s a sad reflection on society when scammers find a successful way of tricking people into clicking on their links is to offer them a video of a rollercoaster accident.

This weekend Facebook users have seen their online friends seemingly pass around links claiming to point to video footage of theme park accidents in either Alton Towers in the UK, Summertime Theme Park Australia, or Universal Studios in Hollywood.

OMG! Theme Park accident in Alton Towers United Kingdom

Rollercoaster Accident in United Kingdom
Check this @: [LINK] This has just been leaked!

Other versions read:

HORRIFIC! – Summertime Theme Park Australia ACCIDENT! – 89% Cant Watch It Rollercoaster Accident in Australia

and

OMG! – Theme Park accident in Universal Studios Hollywood
Rollercoaster Accident in California

Clicking on any of the links takes you through the…

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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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