Hit singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in Camden, London on Saturday 23 July. Certainly, this tragedy caused a stir of her fans; and unfortunately it was easy to predict that such sad news would be used by cybercriminals. On Facebook we found quite many scam messages about a death video of Amy Winehouse.
If the user clicks the link, as for most scams that exist on Facebook, he will be taken to a survey page. The user now has to complete the survey before he may proceed. This is one of the blackhat tricks to earn money, because every time the user completes the survey the criminals will get a commission. Not only that, usually the user is also required to share the message with his Facebook friends, so it will furthermore be spread around.
In addition to surveys and earning money one other purpose of these Facebook scams is to get “Likes” from as many Facebook users as possible to promote a site, blog or even to increase the number of views of a YouTube video.
This is another example of the scam on a non-English page:
Users have to click the “Like” button to continue:
Users have to share this on their wall with the default text “omg :((( !!! F*ck!”:
“KLIKNĚTE NA TENTO ODKAZ” in English: “Click on this link”.
After users click on that link, they will be forwarded on another site with text “PRE SPUSTENIE VIDEA MUSITE KLIKNUT NA VSETKY PACI SA MI TO!!”, in English “To run the video, you must click on every Like button!”: