Rowan Atkinson has died – Social Media stories are FAKE news: ONLINE rumors which Rowan Atkinson is dead are a hoax — to fool you into downloading a virus.
The celebrity is alive and well, but a dangerous scam is circulating on the internet that could wind up damaging your computer.
A fake”breaking news” post now doing the rounds on social media claims that the Mr. Bean star has died in a car – crash while trying a stunt.
The fake article, which is made to seem as though it comes from Fox News, includes a picture of Rowan Atkinson together with the caption”R.I.P. 1955-2017″.
Additionally, it contains a movie”play” button, suggesting it will show footage of the comic’s supposed death if you press it.
If you see the post in your social media feeds, don’t click it. Atkinson isn’t dead, and Fox News didn’t write this story — as well as the video it arouses does not exist.
Based on the myth debunking site Hoax Slayer, clicking on the link will guide you to imitation security error pages that claim your computer was secured and ask you to ring a service number.
Don’t fall for stringing the amount will see scammers trying to fool you into handing over your credit card details to cover the expense of a fix.
Rowan Atkinson’s departure hoax rumors first surfaced in 2016, when they had been attributed to a bogus BBC news report
They might also attempt to fool you into downloading software which will let them hijack your computer, install malicious files, and steal your information.
This is not the first time that “the Johnny English” actor has fallen victim to cruel online Social media Death hoaxes – the fake Facebook and Twitter posts regarding his apparent death 1st Seen in 2016 and then reemerged the following year.
Reasons for his death have included suicide, and an attempt to save the life of a fellow actor on set.
However, Atkinson, who is well worth a reported #100million, is alive and well.