Don't Click On Fake News Posts Claiming Rowan Atkinson Has Died
Fake news posts claiming Rowan Atkinson has died in a car crash are circulating again - be warned, clicking them will lead you right into the hands of scammers.
The posts claiming the comedian and actor had died in a car crash first hit the web in 2016 and again at the same time last year.
For July 2018, they're back again. And this time they haven't even bothered to change the date.
The posts, claiming to be from Fox News, feature an image of the Mr. Bean star, along with a caption that reads: "R.I.P. 1955-2017".
They also feature a video play button, designed to entice internet users into clicking it.
When pressed, the button redirects the viewer to a fake security error page that prompts them to ring a number to unlock their device.
However, the number will actually connect the unwitting person to scammers who are waiting on the other end to take their credit card details.
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Myth debunking site Hoax Slayer explains further.
"You will be prompted to call a 'support number' urgently to seek help with the supposed security issue," explains the site.
"However, if you do call as instructed, tech support scammers will try to trick you into giving them your credit card details, ostensibly to pay for the repair of your computer.
"The scammers may also try to trick you into downloading software that will allow them to take control of your computer, steal your files, and install malware."
Atkinson has been a frequent victim of fake news stories claiming he has died. Similar claims flooded the internet in 2016, 2017 and more recently, in March of this year.
Fans can relax, though, as Rowan is definitely alive and well. However, the Johnny English actor has had a car crash before.
In 2011, Atkinson lost control of his £635,000 McLaren on his way home from a shoot. Luckily, the star managed to escape the crash with just a fractured shoulder but the car wasn't quite so fortunate.
The actor managed to pull himself from the wreckage just as flames took hold of the engine bay.
His agent at the time, Peter Bennett Jones, commented when he left hospital that Johnny English star Atkinson was 'shaken but not stirred'.
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