At OSM we love to help you guys out by reporting on the latest scams that hit our beloved social network, Facebook. We have seen quite a few in recent times including the “dad who drops his daughter to try to catch a baseball” along with some bogus offers. Now we have another dirty Facebook scam to talk to you about, it’s titled “Lady GaGa Found Dead in Hotel Room.” You can see the wall post below.
As you can see from the image above, the post carries a message that says “This is the most awful day in the US history” with an apparent link to the BBC News USA website. You will see this circulating on friend’s walls with their apparent approval with the like button looking as if it has been pressed which in turn makes you think it’s safer to view than it is. Clicking on the wall post will take you to the second stage of the scam which is pictured below.
As you can see, the scam has imitated the BBC News website and looks as if they have embedded a video for your apparent viewing pleasure. If the alarm bells aren’t ringing already then they will be once you click on the large play button in the centre of your screen because it throws up the final part of the scam which is where they have been trying to get you to from the start. You will have also helped the spread of the scam by posting it on your own Facebook wall with it looking as if you have “Liked” it too as told by Facecrooks.com.
You will be greeted with the survey scam where the crooks are trying to obtain your details from you adding them to the fields in your efforts to try and watch the video. Of course you should have now realized that you aren’t going to get to watch a video and you will also want to know how to stop this from appearing on your account.
The first thing that you will need to do to stop this in its tracks is locate the post on your Facebook wall and then click on the “X” in the upper right hand corner of the post. Once you have done that you need to select “Report Post or Spam.” You can also follow our guide just in case you have any other unwanted liked pages that you wish to get rid of and it can be used to double check that this one has gone too.
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