Are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt splitting up? Millions around the world heard the heartbreaking news today as media reports began spreading like fire.
The celebrity couple, who met in 2004 during the filming of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," began dating shortly thereafter. Since that time, the two high-profile figures have been at the center of attention, at least as far as the media was concerned. From the adoption of their children, Maddox, Pax and Zahara, to the births of their biological children, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne, and even their surprise wedding in 2014, the media has followed the lives of this couple for more than a decade.
And now, it appears it's over. Major media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, USA Today and others have all confirmed that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband, Brad Pitt. According to the couple's lawyer, the decision was made for the well-being of the family. No other insight as to why the couple is splitting up has been officially made public at this time. Instead, the couple is asking for their privacy.
You might be wondering why we're sharing this particular story in our news coverage. Celebrity topics aren't something we cover regularly. However, when big events like this happen, it doesn't take long for the internet to do what the internet does best: Sprout scams and rumors.
As of this morning, a scam surrounding the couple's divorce has already taken root. Claims were made that Jolie, in her grief, had committed suicide. Posts began popping up on social media encouraging people to click on links to the fake story of Jolie's death. The links even appeared to be from reputable media outlets, such as ABC News and CNN; however, once clicked on, people were directed to a fake page designed to steal their personal information.
Angelina Jolie is still alive, of course.
In the hype of the news of the couple's split, scammers are seizing the opportunity for easy click bait. And that's why you need to be extremely careful right now. Keep reading to see the types of scams that could arise surrounding the celebrities.