Mermaid Hoax Facebook Post Scam Goes Viral

August 20, 2014
Categories: World News

Mermaid Hoax Facebook Post Scam Goes Viral – Mermaid Scam Links you to Online Surveys

Mermaid Facebook Post Scam

Mermaid Hoax Facebook Post Scam Goes Viral – A Facebook post titled “Mermaid 3000 Feet Deep off the Coast of Greenland Mermaid Caught on Film” has gone viral, affecting thousands of Facebook users. This is yet another viral post scam that grabs the attention of Facebook users very effectively; unfortunately there is no actual Mermaid video.

The Facebook post requires you to click “Share” to view the supposed mermaid video. Instead, sharing and clicking on the post links you to a site to fill out a bunch of surveys which pay the scammers. You never actually get to see the video because there was no video.

There are several variations of this Mermaid hoax that have been going around Facebook; another title reads “[SHOCKING VIDEO] MERMAID NEW EVIDENCE: Real mermaids caught on camera 2014! [World News] An Alleged aquatic creature called mermaid was caught in LA California!”.  Some variations claim it was in India, some in Mexico, and so on.

We can expect to see this happen a lot more, so next time you see something on Facebook that sounds a little too crazy to be true, it probably is. Facebook urges users to think before they click:

”Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or story) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks a spam link, they could accidentally send you or tag you in spammy posts. You also shouldn’t download things (ex: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what they are.”