Lady Gaga is still not dead – stop falling for Facebook scams

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

This weekend we saw another spate of Facebook messages claiming to link to a BBC News report of the death of Lady Gaga.

Of course, the claims are untrue – and Lady Gaga is still alive.

But that isn’t stopping Facebook scammers from creating money-making websites that claim that the eccentric pop star has been found dead in her hotel room, and tricking Facebook users into sharing the links.

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You would think that the scammers would show a little more imagination – rather than using the same disguises time and time again. But, hey, if the scam is working for them – why change it?

Clicking on the link will take you a third-party website, posing as a BBC News online report, which attempts to trick you into clicking on what appears to be a video thumbnail.

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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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