On Monday, December 17th, I logged into Facebook and saw that a friend of mine had "liked" a page supposedly dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Like probably everyone else who has Facebook, Twitter, or any other sort of social media, half of my newsfeed was filled with posts, images and links about this national tragedy.
As my mouse hovered over the page entitled "R.I.P Sandy Hook Elementary School Children", I noticed it had over 200,000 likes and growing. I decided to check it out. My suspicions were confirmed when I saw images downloaded from news sites with the instructions to "LIKE THIS LINK
Now this is normally standard fare for some scammer sites on Facebook but when I checked out the personal profile, I wanted to throw my laptop through the window in a fit of rage. This person is using the tragedy of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary to promote his personal music profile as well as his page called "Lil Brown". He also claims to be on a label called "We Are Young Money". On further research, we've found that he is not signed to that label and he's featured on only ONE song on a mixtape by Lil Chuckee who is a 16 year old artist on their roster.
This guy is apparently some aspiring low level hip hop artist who is using the deaths of teachers and children to gain web traffic and cash in on it. Now I've seen some really disgusting use of tragic events to make money but I think this one deserves the "shit head of the century" award. The offending page was started in August, 4 months before the events of 12-14-2012 and "Cardy Chery" changed the name of the page in order to cash in on publicity surrounding the massacre. The legitimate page "R.I.P Sandy Hook Elementary School Children" doesn't ask people to "like and share" or post links to personal profiles for wannabe rappers. It is located here: https://www.facebook.com/SandyHookChildren
(The page has since been updated to show that it was created in December but we have the above screenshot as proof.)
There's plenty of pages who use images with "like if you think she's beautiful, ignore if you have no heart". You've seen them, those pictures that your friend "liked" along with 607,890 other people and the text "add me to get 5,000 followers". They also do that with pictures of injured pets, disabled children soldiers returning from war, and anything else to gain the most "likes and shares" possible. They do this to fill your news feed with game requests, spam for Viagra, Air Jordans, etc. Even legitimate pages do the "like and share" thing as a way to expand their audience on social media without having to pay for it.
In this case, I think we've found someone who found a new low. I've enclosed a couple screenshots as evidence along with the links provided.
The following are screenshots from personal profile for a "Nick Shawn Moss". The post from Tuesday (12/18) asking people to subscribe to this profile is not available at this time but again, we have a screenshot.
Both profiles that the page has linked to claim to be with "Young Money Entertainment". However, if you click on the link on the personal profile, it redirects you to the real Young Money Entertainment page. This suggests that these guys aren't with the label (and really, how many 17 year old kids are hanging out with Lebron James, pouring out champagne on strippers, etc?) and the page they created was deleted at the request of the real record label.