Pop diva Whitney Houston died on Saturday and scammers wasted no time in taking advantage of the sad news to make them complete a number of surveys.
Facebook users are lured in by messages posted on their friends' walls saying "I Cried watching this video. RIP Whitney Houston" and offering a link to a "Whitney Houston Death Video Exclusive".
Clicking on the link takes the users to a Facebook page that contains another link to the video, which then leads them to a survey scam site via a number of redirections.
Twitter users suffered a similar attack. Clicking on the link included in a tweet saying "RIP Whitney Houston", they are initially taken to a blog dedicated to Houston but are redirected to another site offering a number of Whitney Houston wallpapers for download.
"Once users decide to download a wallpaper, a pop up window appear that asks users to download some 'Whitney Houston ringtones'," warns a Trend Micro analyst. "Whatever the users choose – whether to leave the page or stay on the page – they will be redirected to the a survey site that asks for mobile numbers."
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