Fans, please beware! Lady Gaga is not dead. There’s a message that is spreading on Facebook that states that Lady Gaga was found dead in her hotel room. Well, this is a scam/fake message that scammers have created in order to drive traffic to their websites and make money.
The scam spreading is titled BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Roomwith a message that states This is the most awful day in US history.
Clicking on the scam link will take you to a page that is designed like the BBC News website. However, this is a fake page, and if you click on the play button, your Facebook account will be hijacked. The scam click-jacks and like-jacks your Facebook account by automatically posting and likingthe scam on your Facebook wall.
Scammers create scams with titles that make users’ curious to click on it. They take advantage of users’ curiosity and post messages with keywords like found dead, wardrobe malfunction, committed suicide, exposing titsand so on. This is done in order to drive traffic to their websites or earn money. Sometimes when users click on such scams, they are asked to complete a set of surveys. Scammers are paid a commission if they get users’ to complete surveys.
We have uncovered several such Facebook Scams in the past, which include sick videos of Miley Cyrus,showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl, OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School, Osama Bin Laden Dead Videos and Osama Bin Wikileaks Video among others.
Avoiding such scams is not easy on Facebook, but you can always follow caution. Clif has written a nice post on How To Avoid Facebook LIfeJacking Scams, it is definitely a worthwhile read to find and spot such scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.
We have compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.