Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Hook tragedy, a Facebook page tries to cash in

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
SHARE IT
SUBCRIBERS===>http://www.facebook.com/cardy.chery".


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.



***UDATE 12/19/2012***

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.







20 comments:

  1. I salute your standing up and holding your nose.
    I stand with you and hold my nose as well.
    Fizzool needs to learn some decent PR!

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  2. Wow, the human race is truly screwed.

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  3. I have reported the page to FB admin - I hope others do the same. There are many ways in which people can remember and pay their respects to those lost on Friday, but social networking is not one of them.

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  4. Here is my real facebook site, I was wondering the same thing when I started my page to honor the victims as soon as I heard the news. I have 120 likes since Friday, how could this other page have 220,000??? Sad that someone would have to do this, send this to drudgereport.com and let's all keep posting on the site that it is fake. Also we can report spam to facebook. Here is my real site to honor the victims, and I don't care about getting "likes" on facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandy-Hook-Elementary-School-Please-PRAY-for-victims/1226295707510556?ref=hl

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  5. I think all of these sites are a bit creepy; like the "sign a sympathy card for the families of the victims" things going around the 'net. None of it does those families much good, I don't think, and it presumptuous for us to pretend we know what they're going through unless we've experienced something similar. So most of this internet activity is to make the rest of us feel useful when, sadly, we are not.

    The people who will really matter in the healing process are the members of the local community. It's their efforts we should support, in the coming month and years, perhaps with financial help for social workers and grief counseling for the families AND the other children of that community. I think they're really going to need help, those surviving children. It's hard to imagine how any of them could ever feel safe again. :(

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  6. I just looked at the info on this facebook page and he has changed to create date to December 2012. What scum!

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  7. what a jerk God sees and knows who it is and he is about to go down with the rest of the sinners.

    Mocking God, he is getting angered.
    What a sicko

    I think it may be someone in Sudbury Ontario, they are followers of satan here, they are corrupted and sick.
    when found out please publish the name

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  8. This is just messed up. Man, I'm with dontgeddit.. What is ANY 'In Memory' Page going to do for the family. If the family wants to set it up, that's fine, but other than that, it just seems like someone trying to get attention to me. I feel horrible for the people that lost their children, sister, brother, wife, son, husband, daughter, whatever may be, but I also have enough respect to know that the last thing ANY of these people want right now, is to have pictures shown of the school, details all over Facebook or anywhere else for that matter of what happened. They just need time to grieve and remember the love that they've now, senselessly lost.. All involved have my deepest condolences and I am heartbroken for their loss.

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  9. In no way do I doubt your message about this person, but I am confused as to how he's using those Facebook pages to promote himself. Can you explain how you found out who this person was?

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  10. Netherlands live with you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2paaJ9k-2U

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  12. There is another R.I.P. page with the same name as this one:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Sandy-Hook-Elementary-School-Children/465276223491253

    It looks like it could be/is connected to those guys you mention.
    I was confused at your story too at first, but I see your point as I scrolled down and saw those weird R.I.P. posts with the "I Share = 1 Prayer for Him" (on a girl's profile) and the Share links that link to that 'Cardy Chery' profile and *Like here etc. horrible people.

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  13. Thanks for doing the shovel work to show these soulless maggots for what they are. I saw the original page (there must be ten of them now) and saw your comment and followed it here. This is really outrageous. I don't believe anyone in the community of Newtown has either the time or the stomach to create a page and beg for "likes." This event is so far outside the realm of ANY kind of media response that it deserves to be silently remembered and the sympathy and love felt for the victims carried out in our own personal actions of the day, not with social media grandstanding. I appreciate your having done this, and wish you didn't have to do it.

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  14. He's up to 264K likes, and continues to post the Cherry page link. I'm not sure this says less about him as a person or less about the 264,000 people who are so desperate to belong to something where they can grieve that they will ignore someone obviously trying to promote himself by using the deaths of twenty children.

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  16. Hey guys, this is what I've found too, they also posted funny images yesterday and after I started commenting about it they blocked me from commenting on that page. We need to start a petition and close that page ASAP. Those admins should go to prison for they heartless acts.

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  17. God only knows who these heartless scumbags are and I pray and beg him to make their lives so miserable and unbearable that they do not have the peace and tranquility the victims now live in heaven, this is pure evil and they are in my eyes no different than the scum who pulled the trigger.I only hope they will take the place where Lanza left behind, a trial,a cold wet cell and a 1000 rapists lined up to welcome them to the hell they belong in.. God forgive my words they made me purely sick. I pray the families recover and be at peace in this sick world of ours, we are truly falling off the fiscal cliff. God Bless

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  18. Some of us reported that account right away and tried repeatedly to warn people. At one point, in order to get links to group members they stated that two of them had lost relatives in the tragedy and linked to their FB pages. They took those posts down though after some of us created an uproar. I have no idea why after numerous reportings, FB leaves that page up.

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  19. I can't believe this Facebook page is still up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQPsjJKM94

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  20. FB Page is useful too for business, popularity or whatever cause through . That's why though some may know about it, I also made a simple how to make a facebook page tutorial for those who are interested. Just giving them a piece of advice which is to be responsible page admins. Keep sharing informative stuffs about FB. thanks!:) goodluck with your page!

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