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Miley Cyrus Suicide

Claim:   Singer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide by hanging.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, August 2013]

Is this true? I saw this on Facebook:

Hollywood Superstar MILEY CYRUS committed suicide by hanging herself.


Origins:   Singer Destiny Hope Cyrus, better known as Miley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana, the character she played on a Disney Channel television series), has not committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence (or by any other means), nor did she create anything remotely like a "suicide video message" for her fans.

Facebook posts reporting this information in August 2013 were hoax lures which employed a recycling of similar
fraudulent come-ons. Salacious (but fictitious) headlines about celebrities being killed or injured have long been used to trick social media users into clicking through to sites of dubious repute that lead them into participating in survey scams, compromising their Facebook accounts, or downloading malware to their computers or other Internet-capable devices.

Users who click on the links included in these posts in order to see the advertised videos are typically led to sites that require them to complete surveys before viewing them, but there are no real videos at the end of the process — just scammers who collect commissions from duping people into taking online surveys and signing up for various expensive programs in a quest to claim "free" prizes:

Last updated:   9 September 2013

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