MySpace Scammers Go Phishing For Gullible Music Fans

Brian Raftery / October 23, 2006

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]