Fake news of Rowan Atkinson death a hoax story and links the device to a virus

Fake news of Rowan Atkinson death a hoax story and links the device to a virus

Fake news of Rowan Atkinson death a hoax story and links the device to a virus

Written by Lethonkie Fernando

19 Jul, 2018 | 7:07 pm

Rowan Atkinson an actor that managed to win the hearts of many people by his humorous demeanour was reported to be found dead yesterday (July 18) through articles circulated on social media. But several media had taken to publish that reports of the actors’ death were a hoax and that this news been circulated could affect devices with a virus attack.

This has definitely not been the first time that such hoax stories had emerged of the actors’ death. Atkinson a.k.a Mr. Bean had been the subject of several untrue reports which claimed that the actor had died of a car crash in LA in March this year as well as in 2016.

The fake post circulated is a news article that had been shared on social media as FOX Breaking News. The title read, “Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 62 after crashing his car on attempt perfecting a stunt” FOX News denies to have been responsible for such an act, and urged people to not click on the post as its linked onto a scam website that would direct the device into a virus.

Reports stated that the link would take control of the system, lock the device and direct you to a phone number to be contacted to resolve the issue. If anyone happens to call the mentioned contact, the tech support scammers would trick people to give their credit card details to pay for the repair of the device.

 

 

 

 

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