Like always, scammers are trying to kill another popular celebrity on the social networking site Facebook. A new scam is spreading on Facebook where some obscure and fake website is reporting that Hollywood actor and hero of movies like Terminator; Arnold Schwarzenegger has dead in a snowboard accident.
After spreading a scam saying Keanu Reeves Dies In Snowboard Accident, they are now spreading a similar scam for Arnold Schwarzenegger . The scam is spreading with the following message:
Arnold Schwarzenegger dies in snowboard accident
Arnold Schwarzenegger lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed
Clicking on the link in question leads to a website which has the following message:
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today -March 1, 2012.
The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Arnold Schwarzenegger lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death.
Additional details and information will be updated as it becomes available. This story is still developing
The story comes from the same fake website which also spread Keanu Reeves death earlier. While they don’t generally download virus/malware to your computer, they definitely are making money through the traffic and spreading false rumors. They are also using the opportunity to advertise a Ski resort. Earlier in December 2011, we had also reported the hoax spreading on Facebook about the death of International rock star legend Jon Bon Jovi.
The website in question is a satire website used to generate fake celebrity news. It also states that it is fake in its copyright notice:
FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment. For sub-domain info, name removal requests and additional use restrictions: FakeAWish.com
Copyright © 2011 FakeAWish.com All rights reserved.
While killing celebrities is nothing new for scammers, they have been also using dead celebrities to further their scams. For example, recently they used the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston to spread spam messages on Facebook.
With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.
In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.