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New Scam Takes People for a Roller Coaster Ride

New Scam Takes People for a Roller Coaster Ride - The Beacon


By: Michael

New Scam Takes People for a Roller Coaster Ride

Your BBB is always on the lookout for deceptive information which comes in many forms.

If a friend tells you they have some amazing pictures or video, most people don’t hesitate clicking on the link to see it. However, if it concerns a roller coaster accident in Florida, think before you click. Security experts are warning about a Facebook post that’s going viral, claiming to have “shocking video footage” of a roller coaster accident in Florida. But if it were true, this would have been on TV, radio, Google News and elsewhere. There was no roller coaster accident. This is a “click trick” to get you to download malware into your computer, according to

Be suspicious of words like “shocking,” “incredible” or “must see” — even if it pops up on a friend’s Facebook feed, and appears to be from them. Search Google or YouTube. If it is real, you will find that video clip elsewhere. Your computer won’t catch a virus from YouTube, because you don’t download anything. A simple search will reveal that this video doesn’t exist and is a scam.

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Michael is our Business Information Specialist and will be writing at least one article per week for the consumer education blog. He works with accredited businesses to ensure we maintain current contact information and licensing. He is usually first to answer the phone; so odds are good you will be speaking with him when calling our office.