Just after the Keanu Reeves Dies In Snowboard Accident Facebook Hoax, scammers have now started posting a video scam message about Whitney Houston who died last week. Scammers are taking advantage of the death of the singer by posting a scam message on Facebook and enticing users to click on the message.
The new scam message – “[video] – Whitney Houston’s autopsy reveals a shocking secret that explains her death” promises users on Facebook to show a video that reveals some secrets related to the death of the late singer.
Clicking the message link will take you to a page which is designed to look exactly like Facebook. However, the site is a fake and you can confirm this by looking at the URL in the address bar. A fake video player is also shown along with an “Update Require” message. The site asks you to download Flash Player 10.1 update in order to watch the video.
Please do not click on the “Install” button as this will install a malware on your computer. Malware programs are designed to gather user information such as passwords and financial details, and email them back to the scammer. The scammer might make use of these details and misuse your accounts.
Apart from this, there are other similar scam message spreading across Facebook and Twitter. The click-jacking scam message “I Cried watching this video. RIP Whitney Houston,” has been spreading on the network.
All these scams ultimately lead to a survey site where you are asked to answer a set of online surveys. However, there is no video shown whatsoever.
Sometimes the user will be taken to a site dedicated to the late singer, then redirected to another page and then to another page. In the end, the user will be presented with a set of wallpapers, which can be downloaded. Downloading these wallpapers may also result in downloading of malware programs. The user will also be asked to download Whitney Houston ringtones. However, ignoring these message by clicking on “Leave this page” option will redirect you back to a survey site.
The following alert message is spreading on Facebook -
Please be aware that there is no such video or any autopsy revealing any secrets related to the death of the late singer. These are just fake messages that scammers are trying to trick users in order to obtain valuable information. It is recommended that you avoid clicking on such messages and DO NOT share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
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