Facebook users, think twice before clicking on that link supposedly leading to a video of artist Rihanna supposedly being found dead after she was raped.
The supposed video leads to an online survey, according to technology consultant and former Sophos security researcher Graham Cluley.
“On this occasion, things have taken a sick twist – with the messages being shared between users of the the social network claim that Rihanna has been found dead after being raped, and linking to what purports to be a video report of the breaking news,” Cluley said in a blog post.
Cluley said the Facebook post claims Rihanna was “found dead after being raped,” with a thumbnail of her bruised and battered face.
But the photo had been taken in 2009, after she was assaulted by singer Chris Brown. Those who click on the link will be redirected to a site that looks like video-sharing site YouTube that is, in reality, another scam survey.
“If you do take any of these online surveys you are both putting affiliate cash in the bank accounts of the scammers and potentially handing over personal information that could be exploited later,” he warned.
“If you needed any proof that there scammers don’t have any human decency to get in the way of their money-making efforts, take a look at the latest survey scam spreading on Facebook,” he added.
Cluley also noted such scams have tricked users into giving their mobile phone numbers, which are then signed up for premium rate services.
“Victims are also typically duped into sharing the link to the scam to their Facebook friends and family, before realizing that there is no truth to the report,” he said.
A website Necropedia has published her obituary