Another celebrity became victim of the death hoax. It’s all over Facebook that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has died during a movie stunt but this is not true. A post on Facebook reads, “R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson (1972 – 2014) … Watch how Dwayne Johnson died filming a stunt for FAST & FURIOUS 7.”
The page has a photo of Johnson and claims to have a video as well of the accident. However, it is just a scam and there is no video. Since the hoax went viral, The Rock has tweeted several times to make sure all his fans know that he is alive. On Monday afternoon he tweeted, “Real men get roses.. & bottles of tequila;) Just landed & got to my suite. Thank U, London! Who wants a drink?”
If you click on the post of the death hoax, you will be navigated to a website similar in design to Facebook. It will further ask you to share the post ensuring the scam continues to spread. Such scams are targeted to install malware on an users machine, install Facebook apps that are not genuine, or make an user fill surveys that shouldn’t be filled. Some have the sole motive to attract traffic to a webpage.
Facebook has warned a lot of times now to stay away from such posts and prevent the spreading of such scams. Suspicious links should be avoided even if they come from someone known. If one your Facebook friend clicks on a spam link, he could unintentionally send you the same link or tag you in a spam post. This is how these spams spread.
The filming of ‘Fast & Furious 7’ started almost a week ago after being halted for about 4 months due to death of star Paul Walker.