Celebrity Gossip Spam – Some of Hollywood’s top names like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, and the Kardashians regularly make top headlines, which makes them ideal fodder for scammers to put out bogus content on social media networks. Spam is always looking to capitalize on a consumer’s need for new, sensational, or fascinating information and professional spammers post content that mentions celebrities in compromising situations in order to get clicks. Clicking through a spam video or picture can often redirect you to an online survey that puts advertising commission in a spammer’s wallet despite the content being non-existent or a fake. In some cases, a person may end up installing malware on their computer after clicking through the video content.
How to spot the scam: If the video or content posted on your social media website seems to be about something scandalous that involves a celebrity, do not click through. It is likely a fake. Consider checking out the information from a trusted news source first. Don’t believe a celebrity is dead, just because Twitter says so. The headlines are attention grabbing for a reason, and users should not help spammers to do their dirty work by sharing the links on their social media accounts.