According to KFOR on Monday, scammers are taking advantage of the public's interest and grief surrounding the death of Robin Williams who committed suicide on Aug. 11 at the age of 63. A scam is going around on Facebook trying to get users to click on a link claiming that by doing so they will see a video recorded by the beloved actor and comedian saying goodbye to family, friends and fans just before his death.
Do not click on the link that promises a video. There is no video. It is a scam because according to family members and other sources, Williams' suicide wasn't plan. No note has been found from the actor. People close to him said he had been excited about upcoming projects. Last Thursday, Susan Schneider, wife of Robin Williams, issued a statement saying the beloved actor was sober at the time of his death but was battling the early stages of Parkinson's disease.
According to Symantec, when users click on the link, they are taken to a fake BBC News website and asked to install an application on their computer or fill out a survey. Symantec says the video has been shared over 25 million times on Facebook, and the number is growing, but you don't have to be one on them. This has been quite lucrative for scammers who have generated lots of money when people have been misled. Security experts say don’t click on this link or any URL shared on Facebook that appears to be suspicious.
The IB Times says many curious users have clicked on the link believing it was true just because it came from one of their Facebook friends. Many people were shocked to learn that Williams died in an apparent suicide so they are enticed to click on the supposedly "Goodbye Video" to find out about his last moments.
This is unfortunately that scammers have found a way to capitalize on such a sad occasion. Not only are they getting rich off of the scam, but they are causing people to ruin their computers with viruses. Facebook users are warned to ignore the Robin Williams' "Goodbye Video" hoax by not clicking on the link or sharing it with others.