As has often happened after the death of a public figure, a scam was started on Facebook Thursday to exploit the death of Steve Jobs.
Claiming that free iPads were being given away in “in memory of Steve,” the Facebook page was quickly taken down after the media began to report on it.
People who clicked through were led to sites asking them to fill out surveys or sign up for free offers. Forbes points out that the scammers are paid affiliate fees for having brought traffic to the sites.
A similar scam took place after singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her North London home in July. Links were posted on Facebook to videos of the “shocking” final moments before her death. Instead, people were led to survey sites.
After the attacks in Norway, spammers posted a link to a video they said was captured of the blast. Those who clicked were taken to a fake YouTube site that asked users to take a long survey.
And as the Occupy Wall Street protests continue, a Web site called OccupyParty.org has popped up that NPR reports appears to have been created to sell ads. Except a single YouTube video, no information about the protests is available on the site.
The Steve Jobs Facebook page was one of about 100 pages created Thursday with the title “R.I.P Steve Jobs.” Most of the other pages were created by Jobs’ fans.
Update, 4:11 p.m.
AppSumo, a daily deals website for web applications and online services, sent out an e-mail last night to customers that used Steve Jobs’ name in the subject line, but had no mention of him in the main text.
The subject line for the email, advertising a deal for font collections, read: “Steve Jobs was originally obsessed with typography.”
AppSumo says the email was sent without realizing Jobs had died.