Facebook scammers are exploiting Whitney Houston's death. While the American recording artist, actress, producer, and model, is indeed dead, there is no video of her autopsy available for you to view.
This version starts off with " - Whitney Houstons autopsy reveals a shocking secret that explains her death" followed by a fraudulent link. There is also a description titled "Autopsy of Whitney Houstons body has finally been released, reveals a secret life and dark past which led to her death."
The link takes you to what appears to be YouTube video embedded on what looks like a Facebook webpage. Both are fake, and the prompt asking you to update Adobe Flash is also false. Scams trying to make money from Houston's death will likely be around for the next few weeks, at least. Please stay away from them and try to limit your link-clicking to reputable websites that don't claim they will give you something for free or have something exclusive to show you.
The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. You're also told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends, as well as add a comment. The next webpage urges you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service, complete an online survey, and/or buy some pills. Last but not least, they also use the scams to spread malware and obtain personal information.
As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your own Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and Unlike any relevant Pages, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.
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