Facebook Scam Alert: Vanilla Ice Not Dead!

Long live vanilla… and Vanilla Ice. It’s been a busy weekend of Facebook posts of how Vanilla Ice died in a horrific car crash. The messages started on Global Associated News where reports were posted about a single vehicle crash where Vanilla Ice was pronounced dead at the scene.

Allegedly it happened between Morristown and Roswell, where Vanilla Ice was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. After flipping several times, the crash proved fatal. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor, rather it was the road conditions. Is this the end of “Ice Ice Baby”? I think not.

It’s a 100% fake. Vanilla Ice is not dead. Hurray! The 44-year old rapper has confirmed the truth himself by Tweeting “I’m alive”. Yes it’s another celebrity death hoax. Just another Facebook scam designed to trick you into clicking without thinking while entranced in a state of shock.

It’s a good lesson to all of the social media users out there. Be cautious about what you read and what you click. Social media scams spread by offering unbelievable content. And that’s the whole point. It shouldn’t be believed because it’s simply not true. Celebrities make an easy target for all types of scams including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Brittney Spears.

As humans, we’re naturally curious. And cybercriminals know this too. As a rule of thumb, exercise caution with scandals, free stuff, and sex headlines spreading through social networking sites. Until next time, safe Facebooking.

 

Samantha Shah

As a secret nerd, Samantha keeps close tabs on trends, threats, and headlines in IT security to keep you safe from the bad guys. She believes knowledge is power, so Samantha is always on the lookout for new ideas, tips, and best practices to challenge convention and inspire change.