It's not the first time that Johnny Depp has died according to the Internet, but this time he is not alone. According to an ongoing online campaign, celebrities including Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and David Beckham have all been killed in tragic circumstances. Perhaps surprisingly Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have escaped unharmed for now.
The last time we reported that Johnny Depp had not been killed in a car crash there was no overtly malicious intent, but rather just Twitter getting carried away with itself after someone picked up on an old hoax headline which had resurfaced. This was, of course, soon followed by the bad guys using the online uncertainty surrounding the fate of the movie star to try and distribute malware. The first to appear being a bog-standard 'download the video' scam purporting to show footage of the car crash which had killed Johnny Depp but actually just loading some PC zombie-creating Trojan or other.
This latest dead celebrity outbreak doesn't bother trying to be too clever, instead just jumping straight in with a bunch of emails using headlines suggesting a star is dead to entrap the unwary user. If you receive a message stating that 'Jay-Z died" or 'Johnny Depp died' or 'Kanye West Fatal Car Crash' you can be pretty sure they did not and the scammers are at work. Ask yourself why a total stranger would send you an email informing you that Tom Cruise had died in a plane crash which also killed 30 other folk, and inviting you to visit an equally unknown news site to get more information.
Of course, the clever money suggests you act your age and not your shoe-size even when online and simply delete any such message which evades your spam filter. If you must read such drivel, at least try not to let your clicking finger get busy.
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