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Sick scammers use Amy Winehouse death for profit

Sick Facebook scammers are using the tragic death of Amy Whitehouse to make a profit by posting links to non-existent videos of the singer.

The bottom-dwelling scumbags have gone so far as to post links purporting to be of the troubled star's final hours and even the actual moment of her death, causing us to ponder whether those who perpetrate these scams are really that much worse than those who will inevitably click on the links in pursuit of titillation.

As if preying on the misfortune of one pop singer's untimely death were not enough, the self same scammers have also posted several links to videos of the Oslo shooting last Friday.

The links inevitably lead to surveys which must be filled in before the video clips in question can be viewed, earning those who post the links to the social networking site a few cents for each completed entry.

The scammers prey on the car-crash mentality of the public and can theoretically scrape in large amounts of cash if their sickening campaigns gain traction within Facebook's viral infrastructure.

We suppose that some people could be forgiven for a ghoulish interest in the death of someone who lived her sad life and aired her addictions in the public gaze, constantly hounded by paparazzi and regularly turned over by those she thought were her friends, but we have to say there's no excuse for this unfathomable article on the Huffington Post.

We've seem some spurious click-whoring nonsense in our time but trying to compare Whinehouse's spiral into drug addiction, and her bitterly sad death, with choices faced by small businesses has left a festering stench in our nostrils.

If you really must read something about the 27-year-old singer's death, try out Russell Brand's touching and eloquent obituary posted by the Guardian.