A viral Facebook post titled “Justin Bieber Killed a 7-Year-Old Boy’” before the singer was apprehended for a DUI is a Facebook hoax that seeks to spread the scam even further.
“Breaking News: Justin Bieber Did it Again!! This time it’s OVER…DUI,” the scam post reads. “Justine Bieber [sic] did it again! this time his CAREER is over.. He accidentaly [sic] 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 users to share the post. It includes a photo with a play button over it.
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 the user to share them.
“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,” the website Hoax-Slayer said in a post about the scam.
“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,” the website says.
On Twitter and Facebook, some wondered if the post was real.
“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.
Another wrote: “Just saw a news thing that says ‘Justin Bieber kills 7 year old boy’ how sick can some people be?”