Beware! of Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room – Facebook Scam

Written By Sam on 6 August 2011

Came across a post or video in Facebook saying that Lady Gaga died in her hotel room? Don’t worry, Lady gaga is not dead and refrain from clicking on the post and rescue yourself from being a victim of the latest threat. This is yet another scam which has been circulating in Facebook recently. The title of this latest threat goes like this. “BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room” with a message that states “This is the mostawful day in US history”. If you click on the message, you will be redirected to a new page which is similar to BBC news report with a video and when you try to play the video, you will be clickjacked – nothing but being asked to like the page with the help of mouse click.

Users who have installed a browser add-on such a NoScript for Firefox will see a message warning them of the peril of being clickjacked. Though users are gradually getting used to not randomly clicking on links, but when it comes to news related to celebrities with a facade of trusted source like BBC, fans are lured to compromise the basic precautions before navigating through such redirected pages. If you have already fallen prey to this recent scam, you need to immediately clean your Facebook account by clicking on the ‘x’ and report this as spam as shown below and send a warning message to all your friends.

Facebook users are recommended to join SOPHOS, which keeps the informed about the latest security scams and threats. I would also recommend users to be cautious about such deceptive posts designed for illegal purposes. If you are asked to complete surveys to unlock videos or any other content for that matter on Facebook, never do that. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Those who have downloaded such content are advised to clean up the PC using a latest antivirus software and complete system scan is recommended. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. You will then be charged for premium services.

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