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Sunday 22 June 2014

Beware: Devil's Pool viral video scam

(22nd June 2014)

There are currently at least two video links doing the rounds on Facebook which claim to show fatal accidents at the Devil's Pool, on the very lip of the Victoria Falls. One claims to show a man taking a selfie, and in the process, slipping over the edge of the Falls. Another shows a man with a child and claims the child is swept over the edge.
Beware - the images shown are genuine, however their claims and the videos they link to are not - this viral scam could infect your computer with malicious malware.

The video links take you to a fake site that will most likely infect your machine with malicious or dangerous software. Apparently when you click on the video, you are taken to a fake website which tries to trick you into downloading and installing this malware - and to view the video you first have to share it on Facebook, thus ensuring others fall into the trap.
Do not view any videos which require you to share the link before viewing, or download any files from these sites, as they will almost certainly be malicious files which will infect your machine.
The Devil's Pool trip is an official tourist activity operated as part of the Livingstone Island tour run by Tongabezi Safaris, and where clients are taken by boat to Livingstone Island from the Zambian side of the river. Here, water levels allowing, tourists are able to safely swim in the Devil's Pool, under the close supervision of trained guides. The trip is hugely popular, and no-one has ever been swept over the Falls on these tours - in fact no-one is known to have ever died at the Devil's Pool.
Before Tongabezi launched their Livingstone Island tours many tourists would undertake 'unofficial' (and illegal) trips along the crest-line of the Falls, which at low water are bare for much of the length and gives access to the various dive and swim pools along the lip. In 2009 a guide sadly died saving a tourist - see Zimbabwean Tour Guide plunges into the Victoria Falls gorge - however this accident did not happen at the Devil's Pool as is often claimed in online news reports. The client slipped while leaping across a small water channel on the edge of the Falls and the guide saved him, and unfortunately in the process slipped into the water and was swept over the edge.
Which is why official tours are operated to professional standards with rigerous safety procedures. Watch a great video (without downloading malware or seeing anyone die) of an official Devil's Pool tour here - and you'll realise why it is so popular! For more visit the Tongabezi website:

Source: Man slips after epic selfie capture at Devil’s pool, Victoria Falls -
Scam Alert: Victoria Falls Selfie Video Takes You To Nowhere -
Watch This Man Accidentally Slip after Epic Selfie Capture at Devil's Pool Hoax -
Tour Guide plunges into the Victoria Falls gorge -

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