Low-life scum is exploiting the deaths of famous people, such as the suicide yesterday of former N.E. Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.
When these deaths happen suddenly, scammers send phishing emails to lure curious, gullible people to compromised websites, click on malicious links or open attachments leading to malware infections.
I suggest you send the following to your employees, friends, and family. Feel free to copy, paste, and/or edit:
Celebrity deaths scams such as Prince, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Paul Walker and Robin Williams have been used by bad guys for their own criminal purposes. Don't be a victim of these scams. Never click on links in emails or text messages promising you photographs, videos or even new information about celebrity deaths.
Don't go to unfamiliar websites to find such information because your workstation may get infected with malware or your identity stolen just by browsing the website without clicking on any links. For more information about these events, only go to reliable, reputable sites where you normally go. Remember, Think Before You Click!"
For KnowBe4 customers, we have a Current Events template about Hernandez that we recommend sending to your users to inoculate them against scams like this.
Let's stay safe out there.
Founder and CEO, KnowBe4, Inc.