Fake Coca Cola video scam hits Facebook


A new phishing scam has hit Facebook, claiming to offer users a video that could shock them into never drinking Coca Cola ever again.

Many users have been suckered into trying to watch the video, which claimed nine in 10 viewers would not consume the popular soft drink ever again after viewing the clip, according to Sophos.

The scam differs from the clickjacking techniques that have been working their way around Facebook recently, instead telling users they need to recommend the link to seven other people before they can watch the video.

However, there is an option for users to skip the sharing process. People who click on this link will be taken to a survey asking for various pieces of personal information.

The scam can escalate as friends continue to recommend the link to others who will then do the same to further contacts, even though the video is actually inaccessible.

"With clickjacking, users unwillingly "liked" a web page or a video automatically if they clicked on a link that they saw on a friend's wall," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"With this Coca Cola scam, users are actively sharing the post numerous times and then they're volunteering personal information all because the temptation to see a video is too much to resist."

He added: "The users who try and watch this video have no way of knowing how their personal information may be used - the only people who will benefit are the scammers behind the attack."

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

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