Note to scammersâ€™ marketing departments: sex sells better than death.
The Will Smith death hoax circulating on Facebook is claiming few victims and generally failing to reward its morbid criminal creators with the illicit returns of far more popular scams such as the fake sex tapes that name other superstars.
Only a handful of users still click the link to the bogus video of Will Smith dying after spinal surgery, according to free Bitdefender application Safego. The link, of course, leads to rogue applications that may post on usersâ€™ behalf and promote the scam even further.
â€œHollywood Press: Will Smith has just been pronounced dead after undergoing an immediate spinal surgery caused by an accident while filming Hancock 2 (2014),â€ scam messages read. â€œThe negligence of the doctor with medication overdose was blamed to be the cause of his death. Watch the full video of CCTV cam installed in the operating room where he was admitted.â€
Though the bogus video is still making rounds on the social network, Facebook scammers seem to have chosen the wrong bait. Fake sex tapes with Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Taylor Swift were far more popular than the alleged death video of the Hollywood actor.
The â€œguess who viewed your profileâ€ scam remains the too illegal money earner on Facebook. Cyber-criminals use it daily and people still fall for it. Two other popular scams this week offered cheats for popular games. Users are advised to be wary of Dragon City and Social Empires cheat offers. Another recently resurrected scam offers free Starbucks vouchers for all coffee lovers.
To avoid Facebook scams, remember a few security tips and tricks:
When seeing a Facebook message about a celebrity dying, sign out of the platform to avoid accidentally clicking on the scam and promoting it on your timeline. Use a search engine to see if the news is true. If you already clicked on such a scam, delete the automated message from your timeline and check if it tagged your friends. Warn them about the cyber-crooks.
Check the applications you have unwillingly installed and delete the shady ones from your account. While youâ€™re there, you might also check the legitimate ones and see if you still approve of all the permissions you gave them.
You will never get to see authentic pornographic content on Facebook, nor leaked video of celebrities. If those sexy recordings are ever published somewhere, it will not be the social network.
Donâ€™t click on applications promising features that Facebook doesnâ€™t offer because of privacy concerns.
Almost a quarter of scams on Facebook offer users a bogus method to see who has viewed their profile, according to a Bitdefender study. Unless the social network announces something similar, we will never get to see our stalkers or the exes who keep an eye on our profile.
Make sure you have installed the Bitdefender free application Safego to protect you and your friends from scams, spam, malware and private data exposure.
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