Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to be picked by scammers for a hoax death.
Links to these hoax sites announcing a celebrity death are posted around Facebook, Twitter as linkbait to websites used to trick people into installing malware, complete surveys and so on. Often with prompts like complete this survey to prove you are hunan, install this app to view content etc.
If you see a news announcement like this DON’T share it. Go to a reliable news source like Channel 4, Sky News, Huffington Post, Yahoo News etc. The death of a well known celebrity will be all over the news sites.
We use Akismet and recommend it to all our customers, since it’s crowd sourced it is one of the single best ways for preventing a WordPress site from being overwhelmed by comments from spammers. Today, we passed over 20,000 spam comments that Akismet has intercepted, without any need for a panic.
To date Akismet 23,614 spam comments from getting in the way! It was back on 9th Mar 2015 that we announced we’d passed the 10,000 spam mark, about fourteen months for 10,000 spam – kind of sad really.
Sadly there’s no way to permanently beat the spammers since a vast majority are using PHP cURL to automatically fill out comments. This does however play to Akismet’s strength in that the more times spammers post a comment, more Akismet becomes aware of it and it gets stopped.