Did a photographer commit suicide after shooting a video? No, it’s a Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Scams continue to be a problem on Facebook, and the latest uses a ghoulish lure that we have seen before.

Messages are spreading rapidly on the social network claiming to be of a video that a photographer took three days before he committed suicide.

Or “commited” suicide, as the scam incorrectly spells it.

Photographer commited SUICIDE 3 days after shooting THIS video!
[LINK] This really must have been an awkward moment.

Hmm.. does that story about a photographer committing suicide ring any bells? Well, it should do if you’re a regular reader of the Naked Security site as a year ago we told you about a similar scam, although on that occasion it was claimed that a horrific photo (not a video) had caused a man to kill himself.

The story had *some* basis in truth back then, although not much. The photograph used in…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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