How the scam works:
The social media crooks hit again, as another celebrity is gone unexpectedly. You might have seen a “Robin Williams Says Goodbye with his iPhone Video Before Suicide” headline in your Facebook news feed.
Just like in many other cases prior to this, you might be fooled into believing it is genuine. Remember “Paul Walker's real footage from his accident” scam? One million shares might make it look even more realistic. However, if you click on the link, the opened page will ask you to “Share” first. That's how it got to a million shares.
The scam draws in internet users to take a survey. Since many people are shocked to find out that Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide, the “goodbye video” has enticed many users to click and check. Through this scam, the survey responses earn for the scammers affiliate revenue, by you clicking on a bunch of product links. On the other hand, while at it, the 'video' link might contain viruses and can infect your computer in a flash.
How to avoid:
The “Robin Williams Says Goodbye with his iPhone” video does not exist. It is common by now that these Facebook videos are most of the times scam. Major news channel never require you to share the video before you watch it, nor ask for any other favors. If you come across celebrity shocking news like the ones above, don't open any link which requires you to provide additional info, download software, or upgrade programs.
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