A viral Facebook post titled “Justin Bieber Killed a 7-Year-Old Boy” being distributed on Facebook claims that Justin accidentally killed a seven-year-old child while driving under the influence.
The scam post reads:
Breaking News: Justin Bieber Did it Again!! This time it’s OVER…DUI. Justine Bieber [sic] did it again! this time his CAREER is over.. He accidentally killed a 7-Year-Old Boy that was walking to school with 12-Year-Old Sister..Police Investigate that bieber is positive in DUI.
There’s no video, and it’s just a trick designed to get people to share the post. It includes a photo with a play video button over it.
Beware Beliebers! The user is asked to share the video after clicking on the post, which reveals a fake website–designed to look like Facebook–with a number of fake videos that also ask people to share them.
It’s just a SCAM! A website Hoax-Slayer said in a post about the scam:
There are several Bieber related scam messages currently being distributed, all of which lead to the same rogue app and the same dodgy video website. Some versions simply claim that Justin Bieber has again been charged with DUI. Others claim that he has been arrested on drug charges.
If one of these scam messages comes your way, do not click any links that it contains. If you have already installed the rogue app, you will need to uninstall it. You can remove the app by going to your Facebook account settings, finding the ‘App’ section and clicking the ‘X’ beside the app’s name.
On Twitter and Facebook, some wondered if the post was real.
“justin bieber kills 7 year old boy” When the media doesn’t have anything bad to talk about him, you guys will make up stupid things smh
— PLS FOLLOW ME JUSTIN (@ameezybizzlex) February 10, 2014
“When the media doesn’t have anything bad to talk about him, you guys will make up stupid things smh,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Just saw a news thing that says ” Justin Bieber kills 7 year old boy ” how sick can some people be?
— (@drewskidr) February 10, 2014