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LAST_UPDATEFri, 28 Jul 2017 7pm

Fake News Of Rowan Atkinson Dying In Car Crash Goes Viral, Clicking On Link Can Trigger Virus Attack

Pic: Hoax SlayerPic: Hoax Slayer

Mr Bean has been killed by the internet once again when news of popular comedian Rowan Atkinson dying in tha car crash in Los Angeles went viral over the weekend.

The headlines ‘Rowan Atkinson Dead’ attributed to a post from US broadcaster Fox News features a photo of the world famous comedian with the text ‘R.I.P 1955-2017 Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson’.

The header reads: “FOX BREAKING NEWS: ‘Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson)’ died at 62 After Crashing his Car on Attempt perfecting a Stunt - Today July, 2017” along with the icon to indicate to viewers to click on it to play a video.

However, this is what viewers are advised NOT to do as licking on the post will likely infect your computer with a virus.

“If you click on the post, you will be taken to a website that appears to host the video about Mr Bean’s demise. But, when you attempt to play the video, you will see a message claiming that you must complete a security check and share on Facebook to continue watching.

A Facebook share box will appear in a new browser tab. You will be prompted to share the fake “Breaking News” post on your Timeline. At the same time, the original page will be automatically redirected to a scam or malware website. The exact destination of this redirect may vary,” a warning advisory released by myth debunking site Hoax Slayer states.

So if you see the post on your timeline, do not click on it. It is not by Fox News, and the video it prompts does not exist.

Besided directing you to fake security error pages, a fake online support number is provided.

Hoax Slayer states that in the event unsuspecting victims do call, tech support scammers will try to trick you into giving them your credit card details to pay for the repair of your computer and many even try to "trick you into downloading software that will allow them to take control of your computer, steal your files, and install malware”.

Filepic: Rex FeaturesFilepic: Rex Features

The British comedian whose Mr Bean character is still much belowed throughout the world has been 'killed' several times by social media hoaxes, the most recent being just last year and in March this year. 

Pic: SWNSPic: SWNS

Known for his penchant for fast sports cars, Atkinson has actually survived several horrendous accidents and walked away from them unscathed including in his prized McLaren F1 in 1997 which he crashed twice and famously managed sell for a cool price of £8million for the damaged supercar back in 2015.

- mD