Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her North London home today, making headlines around the world. Within four hours, cold-hearted scammers were taking advantage of her death on Facebook.
If you see links like the following in your newsfeed, please don’t click on them.
Amy Winehouse is dead!!
Leaked Video!! Amy Winehouse On Crack hours before death
Amy Winehouse getting high on crack just hours before she died
Video leaked of amy winehouse's death!!! Warning: Graphical Content.
Amy Winehouse OVERDOSE VIDEO LEAKED! - RIP AMY
Scammers are like vultures, feeding off tragedies such as the death of Amy Winehouse or the horrific events in Norway yesterday.
Scams like this normally lead you to online surveys, with the scammers earning themselves commission for each survey that victims complete. But first they trick you into sharing the link with your other Facebook friends.
If you got hit by this scam, make sure you have removed the entries from your news feed (to stop them being shared amongst your friends), marking them as spam if you like, and check your profile does not have any unwanted “Likes” under your “Likes and interests”.
If you use Facebook and want to get an early warning about the latest attacks, I strongly recommend you join the Sophos Facebook page where we have a thriving community of over 100,000 people.