Justin Bieber stabbed by a crazed fan? It’s a Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook scammers are claiming that teen hearthrob Justin Bieber has been stabbed in an attempt to trick concerned fans into clicking on a link which will earn them money.

The messages, which include a thumbnail image of a young man’s back badly slashed with a knife, say that the pint-sized singer was stabbed by a crazed fan outside a nightclub in Los Angeles.

A typical message spreading on Facebook looks as follows:

Justin Bieber STABBED By CRAZED Fan Outside L.A. NightClub!
[LINK] OMG! NOOOO! Could YOU Even Imagine?!?

Other versions claim that Bieber was stabbed (again by a crazed fan) outside a nightclub in New York:

Justin Bieber STABBED By CRAZED Fan Outside N.Y.C. NightClub!

The truth is, of course, that no such stabbing took place, in either city. If it had, then it would surely be making headlines on the websites of established news organisations such as the BBC and CNN…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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