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Issue 145 - December 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 4

Jim Carrey is NOT Dead

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Social media driven message claims that actor Jim Carrey died in a snowboarding accident in Sweden.

Brief Analysis
The message is a hoax. Jim Carrey is alive and well. This is just one more in a long series of hoax messages that falsely claim that a celebrity has died. If you receive a message claiming that a well-known person has died, always check the veracity of the claim via a reliable news source.

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Last updated: December 12, 2012
First published: December 12, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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RIP Jim Carrey. He died today in a snow board accident after he hit a tree at high speed in Switzerland. Your movies will forever be remembered.

JIm Carrey Death Rumour

Detailed Analysis

Image courtesy Ian Smith

Jim Carrey is Alive
Jim Carrey is alive and well
According to messages circulating rapidly via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites much loved actor Jim Carrey has died in a snow boarding accident in Switzerland.

However, the claims in the messages are false. Jim Carrey is alive and doing fine. He did not have a snowboarding accident as claimed. Carrey is just the latest victim in a long, sorry, series of celebrity death hoaxes.

Many of these false death rumours originate from several tasteless "prank" websites that allow users to create fake news stories detailing the supposed death of various celebrities. Users can generally pick from several "news" templates, add the name of their chosen celebrity and then attempt to fool their friends by sharing the bogus story. One such template is the "snow board accident" story used in the Jim Carrey version discussed here. Actor Adam Sandler was also falsely reported to have died in the snow boarding accident.

Another such bogus story template claims that the targeted celebrity fell to his or her death from a cliff will filming in New Zealand.

Before passing on any message that claims that a famous - or infamous - person has died, it is always wise to check the story via reputable news source. If a well-known person does die, the news is sure to be widely reported by the main-stream media, so a quick search of a news source such as Google News should quickly reveal if the claims in a message are true or false.

Users should also be aware that some of these false celebrity death messages may contain links that lead to survey scams or malware websites.

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Pages in this issue:
  1. Hoax - NASA Predicts Total Blackout of Planet in Dec 2012
  2. 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
  3. Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus
  4. Jim Carrey is NOT Dead
  5. Australian Power & Gas 'Payment Receipt' Malware Emails
  6. Gmail 'Update Account' Phishing Scam
  7. Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor
  8. Holiday Horrors - Are Common Seasonal Decorations Toxic?
  9. Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate
  10. RapidFax Malware Email
  11. Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card
  12. Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses
  13. Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph
  14. Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
  15. Facebook 'Pirates' Fraud Warning
  16. Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
  17. Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning
  18. 'Assistance Internet' Email Account Phishing Scam
  19. Misleading Health Advice Email - 'Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and Heart Attacks'