Dwayne Johnson, known as The Rock, has not died, but Facebook scammers are saying otherwise, claiming he died during a movie stunt.
The post says, “R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson (1972 – 2014) … Watch how Dwayne Johnson died filming a stunt for FAST & FURIOUS 7.”
It shows a photo of Johnson and purports to have video footage. However, there is no video and it’s just a scam.
Johnson has made several tweets since the hoax went viral. He wrote on Monday afternoon: “Real men get roses.. & bottles of tequila;) Just landed & got to my suite. Thank U, London! Who wants a drink?”
When one clicks on the death hoax post, they’re taken to a website designed to look like Facebook. It then asks users to share the post, which ensures that the scam spreads further.
Such scams can prompt the downloading of malware, rogue Facebook apps, or offer bogus surveys that users shouldn’t fill out. Some are just designed to get traffic to a webpage.
Facebook says users should be wary of sharing posts to prevent the spreading of scams.
“Think before you click. Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam they could accidentally send you that spam or tag you in a spammy post. You also shouldn’t download things (ex: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what they are,” Facebook has said about scams.
Regarding “Fast & Furious 7,” production for the film started filming again about a week ago–about four months after the death of star Paul Walker.
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will be brought back to the latest installment of the film