MySpace Scammers Go Phishing For Gullible Music Fans

Oct 23rd, 2006 // 5 Comments

According to Gnarls Barkley’s blog, fraudulent marketers have found an exciting new way to rip off MySpace users:

We thought it was just Gnarls Barkley, but apparently it’s happening with Nine Inch Nails, Snow Patrol, Incubus, The Killers, Jack Johnson, Black Eyed Peas, Daft Punk, 311, Wolfmother, Slipnot, etc. So it must be a massive scam going on this weekend.

Here’s the scoop. Scammers are creating fake profiles with band names and then setting up events. They are e-mailing people from the friend lists with the event bulletin and when you click on it for more info, or submit info or whatever, you get charged (as in, you sign up for free ringtone and get charged a fee…who knows if you even get a ringtone…).

The “prize” is a weekend concert from “Gnarles [sic] Barkley” in Vegas, along with $250 in cash. All you have to do to enter, of course, is provide your credit-card information (you can see a screenshot for one of the phising contests here).

We have no idea how many people fell for this thing over the weekend, but clearly, these marketers weren’t up on their alt-rock studies, because this dubious come-on was also sent to fans of Blink-182 (who broke up last year) and Avenged Sevenfold (whose fans can’t read).

Gnarls Barkley Blog [MySpace]

  1. Penny Royalty

    Yeah, I was surprised: I didn’t think M.I.A. was likely to be playing Vegas…

  2. Mo!

    People who listen to shitty music are being punished by fraudulent marketers? Perhaps we really are getting closer to Judgement Day.

  3. rinjonjori

    Yes, Avenged sevenfold fans can’t read or hear for that matter.

  4. AndrewTaylor

    I had friended what I thought was the legit Lupe Fiasco MySpace and I got a similar message over the weekend. In other news, I woke up minus one kidney today at the Luxor.

  5. cerulgalactus

    AndrewTaylor, let that be a lesson to you for liking crappy music. Let us all learn – listen to garbage and you WILL lose a semi-vital organ.

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