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Eminem was NOT Stabbed

Message circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has been stabbed four times and urges recipients to click a link to view a video of the stabbing.


Image courtesy: Wikimedia/Jason Anfinsen

Brief Analysis
Eminem has not been stabbed and is safe and well. The wounded man in the image is not Eminem. The message is a scam designed to trick users into participating in bogus online surveys or downloading malware. The message is a revised version of a 2012 scam that claimed that Justin Bieber had been stabbed. If you receive one of these messages, do not follow any links that it contains.

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Rapper Eminem Left Nearly DEAD After Being Stabbed 4 Times In NYC!!

Warning 18+!! It was all caught on surveilance video! Clcik the pic to play the video!

Eminem Stabbed Scam Message

Detailed Analysis

This message, which is circulating via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, claims that popular rapper Eminem has been stabbed four times and left nearly dead. According to the message, recipients can click a picture to watch a video of the stabbing which it claims was caught on surveillance tape. The message includes a rather gory picture of a man's back with significant slash wounds.

However, Eminem has not been stabbed. The message is a scam designed to trick recipients into clicking a link in the hope of seeing the stabbing video. Those who do click a link in one of the messages will be taken either to a survey scam website or to a site that harbours malware.

With the survey scam version, victims will be told that they must complete various online surveys as a verification process before they will be allowed to see the video. However, regardless of how many surveys they complete, participants will never get to see the promised video, which never existed to begin with. The bogus surveys may attempt to trick people into providing their personal information to unscrupulous online marketers and signing up for absurdly expensive SMS services.

An alternative variant reportedly takes victims to a fake video page that tries to trick visitors into downloading and installing malware.

The scam is in fact a revamped version of a similar 2012 attack that claimed Justin Bieber had been stabbed by a crazed fan. Both messages use the same image. The link in the Bieber version also directed people to a survey scam website.

The stabbing image itself has been publsihed in various other contexts for several years. It is currently unclear when or where the injuries occurred or who the victim is. Many posts featuring the image simply list the injuries as the result of a "knife fight". A few suggest that the injuries may have been sustained by a prison inmate in a fight with another prisoner. But, rest assured, the image does not show either Eminem or Bieber.

Survey scammers and malware distributors regularly use fake news of celebrity deaths or injuries as a means of luring victims. In 2012, a series of bogus messages were distributed that falsely claimed that John Cena and other WWE stars had been killed in wrestling accidents. Links in the messages lead to rogue Facebook applications and survey scams.

Be wary of following links in any messages that claim that a celebrity has been killed or injured. This is a common scammer ruse. If a well known person has met his or her demise or been seriously injured, the news will certainly be widely covered by the main stream media and should be easy to verify via a simple news search.

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Last updated: May 15, 2013
First published: May 15, 2013
Research: David White, Brett Christensen
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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