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Issue 162 - September, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 25

Miley Cyrus is NOT Dead - Miley Cyrus Suicide Facebook Scam

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Message circulating on Facebook claims that entertainer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide due to "traumatic stress". The message urges fans to click a link to view a suicide video message from Miley.

Miley Cyrus

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Brief Analysis
Miley Cyrus is not dead. The message is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into installing rogue apps or malicious browser extensions. Do not click on any links in the message.

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--BREAKING-NEWS- [R.I.P.] -MILEY CYRUS commits SUICIDE after traumatic stress -[Rest in Peace]-
hollywooddailydose/exclusive (for 18 years and abo...
MILEY recorded a suicide video message for her fans. (watch more..)


Detailed Analysis


According to a message that is being distributed across Facebook, popular entertainer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide due to "traumatic stress". The R.I.P. message claims that uses can click a link to view a video suicide message that Miley Cyrus supposedly made for her fans.

However, Miley is not dead. The message is a scam designed to trick users into clicking a link in the post. At the time of writing, the malicious page that the link opened had already been removed from Facebook. However, the scammers responsible for the fake message are likely to create new incarnations of the scam with active links. The bogus Facebook Page most likely attempted to trick users into installing a rogue Facebook application, adding a malicious browser extension and/or participating in survey scams.

Scammers regular use fake news about celebrities to trick people into clicking malicious links. In 2012, a widespread scam campaign claimed that people who clicked a link could view a salacious video of Miley. However, the link actually enticed users into handing access to their Facebook accounts to criminals and participating in bogus online surveys. And, earlier in 2013, messages falsely claiming that actor Jackie Chan had died in an accident tried to trick users into installing rogue apps or malicious browser extensions.

Celebrity death hoaxes are very common. It is important to verify all such messages via a legitimate news source before sharing them. If a high profile celebrity such as Miley Cyrus really did commit suicide, reports of the death would be extensively covered by the mainstream media all around the world.  If you receive this or another unverified celebrity death message, do not click on any links that it contains.

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Last updated: September 3, 2013
First published: September 3, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Miley Cyrus Facebook Scam
Jackie Chan is NOT Dead
Celebrity Hoaxes



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