Beware of Clickbait Scams Regarding Kobe Bryant Tragedy

January 29th, 2020
Beware of Clickbait Scams Regarding Kobe Bryant Tragedy

 

 

Recently, news broke that sports icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi died in a helicopter crash. Scammers are going to take advantage of this shocking and tragic celebrity death in a number of ways. Be careful if you receive or see anything related to Kobe Bryant's death.

These includes emails, hyperlinks, attachments, social media, texts on your phone etc. Please be vigilant before you click!

 

Here are some helpful tips from the Better Business Bureau:

 

  • Look at the sender's email address before clicking on anything in the email. If it's someone you're not familiar with, delete it.
  • Don't click links in any email unless you are positive they go to a reputable address. Hover over the link to see where it will take you.
  • Don't take the bait. Stay away from promotions of "exclusive," "shocking" or "sensational" footage. If it sounds too outlandish to be true, it is probably a scam.
  • Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don't click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.
  • Don't trust your "friends" online. It might not actually be your friends who are "liking" or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked, and scammers could be using another tactic called "clickjacking." Clickjacking is a technique that scammers use to trick you into clicking on social media links that you would not usually click on.