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John Cena Dies In Car Crash Hoax

A new hoax message has surfaced on the social networking site Facebook, which claims that the American professional wrestler and actor, John Cena, died in a car accident on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. However, the message spreading is false and is a rumor.

At the time of writing this post, John Cena posted an update on his Twitter account with a message stating that he has an important announcement to make at RAW –

John Cena - Twitter Update

Well, by this update, it is clear that John Cena is safe, and the message – John Cena Dies in Car Crash hoax spreading spreading across Facebook and Twitter is not true. It is recommend that you stop spreading the message and also inform your friends about it.

John Cena Dies in Car Crash

Upon clicking the link on Facebook, you will be warned that the page you are visiting is not safe and may contain malware programs that could be harmful to your computer. However, the website that the link leads to contains the following speculated message –

John Cena died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 26, 2012

Scammers create such rumors in order to drive traffic to their bogus websites. Sometimes, you are asked to download malware programs that are programmed to gather your personal information stored on your computer. It is highly advised that you avoid clicking such links 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.

American Rapper Vanilla Ice Responds to Death Hoax Spreading on Facebook

A new hoax message about Vanilla Ice being killed in a car crash is spreading across social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Messages circulating about his death are not true, as Robert Matthew Van Winkle a.k.a Vanilla Ice has confirmed in a tweet that he is alive, and the message spreading is a fake.

According to rumors, here’s how Vanilla Ice died:

Vanilla Ice died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 17, 2012.

A version of the hoax spreading on Facebook has the title “Vanilla Ice Dies in Car Crash” along with a link to a website –

Vanilla Ice dies in car crash - Hoax

Clicking the link will lead you to a site where you’ll find the fake article containing the news about the death of the American rapper.

However, Vanilla Ice was quite surprised to learn about the “car crash” message, and spanked down the rumors that are spreading on Facebook and Twitter by sending out a tweet to his followers –

Vanilla Ice Tweet

Hoax messages like the one above (about the death of celebrity stars) isn’t something new. There have been several such hoax messages reportedly spreading and spamming the social networks. Some of which includes, Keanu Reeves Dies in Snowboard Accident, and International Rockstar Legend Jon Bon Jovi Dead at 49.

It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Image credits: facecrooks.com

Facebook to Donate 50 Cents for Every “Like” – Hoax

There is a new hoax message that is spreading across Facebook, and it isn’t any different from the other hoax and spam messages. The new hoax message claims that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apparently “agreed” to donate 50 cents for every “like” the photo gets, eventually helping to raise funds for abused wife “Isabella.” However, none of it is true.

Here’s the message that is spreading along with the photo a link to YouTube video –

Facebook to Donate 50 cents to Isabella

Her name is isabella, she was abused at home by her husband every single day because she didn’t cook dinner for him, her doctor mark grant said she has a broken bone and ankle and they will need $200,000 by 19th June for her operation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has agreed to donate 50 cents for every like this photo gets, one like wont hurt, so please like if you have a heart.. do not ignore this. Men should NOT abuse their wife.

Watch the PROOF of the video on YouTube of her husband abusing her at home, has been sentenced for 20 years now — > [link]

It’s funny to see that the creator of this hoax message couldn’t even spell Mark Zuckerberg’s name correctly.

The link to the YouTube video is nothing related to a husband accusing his wife or anything of that sort, but instead leads to a video in which two lunatic girls are making an attempt to be funny. Perhaps the primary motive behind this hoax message is to generate Facebook “likes” and video views on YouTube.

Also, Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook does not make any such donations by getting users to “like” or “share” a photo or message. This isn’t something new as we have seen several such hoax and spam messages spreading across the social network.

It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

CNBC.Com Spoof Twitter Spam on The Rise

Of late, Twitter users are being  bombarded with tons of direct messages which contain links to a spoof CNBC website that shows you how to make tons of money while sitting at home. While these types of spam messages are not new and have been circulated in the past (See: Want to Start a Real Internet Biz This Year?), the number of DMs these days are hitting the roof.

CNBC.com Twitter DM Spam

The spam is being circulating in various forms and includes messages (accompanied with a spoof CNBC.com link) like:

Hey, Be your own boss man!

Hey, Why be bitched around, turn the tables on em!

Hey, Change your life, TODAY!

Hey, Why bother doing somebody elses dirty work?

Hey, This is how you make REAL money!

Though these spam messages are not as bad as the bad rumors about you and terrible things about you phishing attacks, they are annoying as hell. The links are created by some work-from-home scammers who want to rip you off and make money themselves.

The link in the message usually takes you to a website which looks very similar to CNBC.com and contain fictitious headlines like “New York Mom Earns $6,795/Month Part-Time”. The website also goes on to detail their online business in the rest of the content and how they are making tons of money accompanied with some fake screenshots of Google AdSense and other money-making websites.

While it is easy to fall prey to because the the website is designed to look like CNBC (and many times other popular news outlets), as a user, you should always look at the URL to see what the domain is.  For example, CNBC.com should always end in CNBC.com followed by any additional parameters and not CNBC.com-scammerdomain.info as in this case.

It is apparent that the users themselves are not sending these messages. So, it might be that users’ accounts are being compromised using other phishing attacks or Twitter apps. As a precaution, change your Twitter password immediately if such messages were sent from your account and also revoke app permissions on Twitter.

Work from Home scams have been going around for years now, but the barrage of spam hitting both Twitter and Facebook is very high. It is high time that both these social networking websites up their ante and start protecting their users from spammers and scammers.

 

A Giant Snake Swallows Up a Zookeeper Facebook Scam

A new scam message is reportedly been spreading on Facebook, where users are enticed to click on a link which promises to show them a video of a snake eating a man. Although the message has been flagged as a scam, many users on Facebook are still clicking on the scam link, which then automatically “likes” and “shares” it on their Facebook Timeline.

The scam message is spreading with the following title and message –

Title: [Video] Snake Eats Man

Message: CAUGHT ON TAPE- A Giant Snake Swallows Up A Zookeeper in Front of Hundreds of People!

Here’s a screen shot of the above spreading message –

Snake Eats Man - Facebook Scam

Clicking the message link will take the user to a page that is designed to look very similar to a Facebook Page. The page contains a fake YouTube video player, and clicking on the “play” button, your Facebook account will be like-jacked.

Likejacking is a malicious technique of tricking users of a website into posting a Facebook status update for a site they did not intentionally mean to “like”.

Snake Eats Man - Facebook Video Scam

Once the message has been posted on your Facebook Timeline, you will be redirected to another page where you will be presented with a set of online surveys. The scammer indicates that after you have completed the surveys, you can watch the video. However, there is no such video shown.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

Also, 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. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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.

All Facebook Profiles Must Be Verified – Facebook Scam

A new scam message is spreading across the social networking giant Facebook, where users are asked to verify their Facebook account before the 1st of June. Failing to do so will force the Facebook team to “terminate” the account. The message indicates that the process of verification is done in order to avoid scams under the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

The message is spreading as follow –

WARNING : Announcement From FACEB00K Verification Team. All Profiles Must Be Verified Before 1st June 2012 To Avoid Scams and Scams Under SOPA ACT. The Unverfied Accounts Will Be Terminated. Verfiy Your Accounts Soon at bit.ly

Facebook Account Verification - Scam

By looking at the misspelled words in the message, one should understand the message is a fake. Also, if in case there was anything as such, then Facebook would never user bit.ly’s URL shorter, since it has its own URL shortner fb.me

Verifying your Facebook account enables you to take advantage of Facebook’s features. For instance, once your account is verified you can upload videos and personalize your profile (timeline) URL by adding a username to your account.

This, however, doesn’t mean that if do not verify your account, your account will be disabled or “terminated.”

Now, clicking on the link in the above spreading scam message will take you to the following Facebook application installation screen:

Facebook verification App

This is rogue application, and associating the app with your Facebook account will give the developers of the app access to your complete profile information, including all your photos, and also post updates on your behalf. Along with that, it will also enable them spam the scam message to all your friends by tagging them in post updates.

How to Verify Facebook Account?

If in case you’re curious to know on how you can verify your Facebook account, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Once you have created a Facebook account, you can verify your account by adding a mobile number to it. Enter your mobile number, starting with the country code (ex: 1 for US numbers).
  • Facebook will then send you a confirmation code as a text message. Enter this code into the space provided to verify your account.
  • You can also do this from your Mobile Settings page (Account > Account Settings > Mobile).

Note that you can only use your mobile phone to verify one account. To know more about verifying your Facebook account, then click here.

OMG Its Horrible my Ex is Still Checking My Profile – Facebook Spam

Another profile views related scam is underway on where users are spreading messages saying that their significant-ex have been viewing their profile and it is horrible.

Facebook Who's Viewed Me App

This scam is very similar to earlier profile scams like the Profile watcher rogue app and several other scams related to profile views including this, this, this, this and this. The new spam is spreading with a different message:

Omg its horrible.My ex is still checking my profile.
its amaging (sic). now I can see profile visitors & My photo viewers
My total Pr0file views : 1468
Girls Views :597
Boys Views : 871
Check yours – [link redacted]

While most of the related Facebook spam have been ill conceived, this one is spreading through an app which has a well designed landing page. The app use false description and fan base to entice the users to use the app. It also has a message saying:

This is amazing

Now you can see who is viewing your profile and find out how many profiles views you got. Just use our application and press button below and then Allow to analyze your Facebook profile!.

Like I have already said in the past, Facebook does not allow apps information about who viewed your profile and the number of times your profile was accessed. Apps like this just use the gullibility of users to entice them and then spam their friends and family. Once you allow access to the app, it will post the status update as shown above and spread the spam among your friends.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

Also, 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. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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.

Nicki Minaj Gets Caught on Tape (LEAKED Tape) – Facebook Spam

Looks like scammers are on a full rampage today and are releasing new Facebook scams at a very quick pace. Earlier today, a new scam broke out where scammers spread message about a dirty Rihanna video and now they are following it up with another video for Nicki Minaj.

This is the second time in last few months that scammers are spreading false messages and sex tape of Nicki Minaj. Earlier they  had targeted the same celebrity in the scam Nicki Minaj Sex Tape – Exclusive!!! and are currently doing it with another fake message which says:

Nicki Minaj Gets caught On Tape (LEAKED Tape)

you will lost your all respect for NICKI MINAJ after watching this

The message links a user to a NSFW video which is supposedly hosted on a Blogspot site. However, clicking on the link will take the user to a page where they will be asked to share the URL in order to start playing the video.

Nicki Minaj Leaked Tape

Sharing the link will distribute the spam to your friends and you will not get to see any video. It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

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. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

OMG I Just Hate Rihanna After Watching This Video – Facebook Scam

Updates below..

A new Facebook scam is brewing up similar to an earlier scam where fake messages were spread by scammers for Miley Cyrus in the “I Just Hate Miley Cyrus After Watching This Video Facebook Scam“. This is not the first scam featuring popular celebrities and also not the first one featuring Rihanna.

OMG Rihanna Video Facebook Scam

In November 2011, a similar scam had spread targeting Rihanna where fake messages were spread saying You Will Hate Rihanna After Watching This Video!. The newer scam is similar and contains a NSFW video accompanied with the message:

OMG I Just Hate RIHANNA After Watching This Video

you will lose all your respect for RIHANNA after watching this

The video in question takes you to a Blogspot page which looks very similar to and will ask you to install a DivX plugin which is a virus on your computer to view the video and will also share the same status automatically with your friends on Facbeook.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

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. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Update: This scam is now spreading through a file hosted on Dropbox.com

Receive Disney Land Tickets FREE (Limited Time Only!) Facebook Scam

A new scam message has been spreading across the social networking giant Facebook, trying to trick users by providing their personal information as well as financial details. The message spreading promises the user with free tickets to Disneyland, however, there is no such offer, and the message spreading is a fake.

The scam is spreading with the following title – “Receive 4 Disney Land/Disney World Tickets FREE (Limited Time Only!)” along with the message – “Few Disney Tickets Remaining”.

Free Tickets to Disneyland - Facebook Scam

Clicking on the message link will take you to a bogus page where you will see a picture of person holding two entry tickets to Disneyland. At the bottom of it, you will notice a fake countdown, which indicates the number of remaining tickets.

In order to claim the free tickets, the scammer urges you to “share” the bogus page with your friends on Facebook and also “like” a Facebook page. The “like” button is an image and not the actual data from Facebook. Upon viewing the source code of the page, you will find the direct URL to the image. Once you have finished the steps, you will be taken to another page where you are asked to complete an online survey.

There are similar such scams that we have reported in the past. Some of them include, Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets, FREE Tom’s Shoes: 24 Hours Left, and free Southwest Airline Ticket. It is recommended that you do not click on any of these as they might include malicious programs that could harm your computer.

If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been a 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. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.