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Angelina Jolie is Not Dead- Fake Death Message Points to Rogue App and Survey Scam

Message circulating on Facebook claims that actress Angelina Jolie has died after an operation. The post claims that people can click a link to view an inspirational video message from Angelina to her fans.

Angelina Jolie


Brief Analysis
Angelina Jolie is not dead. The message is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into installing a rogue Facebook application and participating in a survey scam.

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The Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie was pronounced dead on
August 23, 2013 after her second major operation. Angelina wishes to
be interviewed on cam to give her inspirational message to all her
FANS. Watch the Original footage from Hollywood Access >>

Angelina Jolie Death Message Scam

Detailed Analysis
According to this message, which is circulating rapidly on Facebook, popular actress Angelina Jolie has died after an operation.  The message urges fans to click a link to watch an "inspirational message" from Angelina.

However, Angelina Jolie is not dead. The message is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into installing a rogue Facebook application and participating in bogus online surveys.

Those who fall for the scam and click the link in the hope of seeing a last message from Angelina will be taken to a page that asks them to install a Facebook application, ostensibly to allow viewing of the video.  However, installing the app will spam out the same fake death message to all of the users Facebook friends.

And, users will still not get to see the video.  Instead, they will be taken to a third-party website and asked to complete one or more surveys as "Facebook Verification" before seeing the video:

Angelina Jolie Survey Scam

Exactly which surveys users encounter will vary. Some of the survey pages will try to entice users into subscribing to very expensive SMS subscriptions by providing their mobile phone numbers. Others will ask users to provide contact details and other personal information, ostensibly to go in the draw for a prize. The information provided may later be used to deluge participants with unwanted marketing material and phone calls.

But, no matter how many surveys users complete, they will remain "unverified" and they will never get to view the promised video, which never existed to begin with.

Celebrity death scam messages are increasingly common on Facebook. Some, like this example, take people to rogue apps and survey scam websites. Others may entice users into installing malicious browser extensions or visiting other malware websites.

In fact, this Angelina Jolie scam appears to be cut from the same cloth as another currently circulating message that falsely claims that singer Miley Cyrus has died. 

If a famous – or infamous – person dies, you can be sure that the demise will be widely reported by the mainstream media. It is therefore quite easy to find out of claims that a celebrity has died are true or false. Before passing on any celebrity death message that you receive, always check its veracity by searching on a news source such as Google News.  If you receive one of these scam messages, do not click any links that the message contains.

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Last updated: September 3, 2013
First published: September 3, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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