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Facebook Scam: Illegal immigrants are bringing plague to the United States

There is a Facebook scam and hoax circulating on the social network that claims illegal immigrants and bringing a plague into the U.S. The hoax uses an image of a person who appears to have the plague, with tholes in their body, similar to the lotus flower shampoo scam.

The message is false. Immigrants are NOT bringing the plague into the U.S. The images circulating along with this hoax are actually wax sculptures of victims of the bubonic plague created by medical artist Eleanor Crook (http://www.eleanorcrook.com/gallery/medical/).

The image of the wax sculpture of the plague victim is meant to disrupt Facebook in order to cause anxiety or shock on the social network.

In most cases these posts are shared by duped Facebook users or those who are playing a joke on their friends.

If you see a post on your news feed that claims immigrants are bringing the plague to the United States with an image of a plague victim, it is recommended to avoid these posts. No reports of malicious links have been discussed; However, it is suggested to avoid clicking any provided links to stay protected against malware and suspicious websites.


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