Issue 162 - September, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 30
Football Star Joe Montana is NOT Dead
Message circulating via social media claims that retired pro football star Joe Montana has died in a single vehicle accident.
The claims in the message are false. Joe Montana is alive and was not involved in a car accident. The message is just another variant of a long line of hoaxes that have falsely claimed that a celebrity has died. The stories originate from a tasteless website that allows users to generate fake news reports about a chosen celebrity. Always verify any message that claims that a famous person has died before sharing it. And be aware that links in some celebrity death hoaxes lead to malware or scam websites.
PRO FOOTBALL NEWS:
Joe Montana Dies In Single Vehicle Car Crash
THIS STORY IS STILL DEVELOPING...
Pro football player Joe Montana is confirmed to have died in a single vehicle car accident.
According to a message that is going viral via social media websites, retired football star Joe Montana has died in a single vehicle car crash.
However, the claims in the message are untrue. Joe Montana is alive and he was not involved in a car accident as claimed. Joe is just one more target in a long series of similar celebrity death hoaxes.
Many of these false death rumours, including this one, originate from a tasteless "entertainment" website that allows users to create fake news stories detailing the supposed death of various celebrities. Users can pick from several generic story templates, add the name of their chosen celebrity and then attempt to trick their friends by sharing the bogus story. Because the story is made to look like a genuine news article, many people are taken in by these fake stories.
One of the story templates available on the site is the car accident story used in this hoax. Other templates falsely claim that the chosen celebrity died after falling from a New Zealand cliff or met his or her demise in a snow boarding mishap.
Before passing on any message that claims that a well-known person has died, it is important to check the claims via a reputable news source. If a famous person dies, the news will be widely reported by the mainstream media. Thus, a quick search of a news source such as Google News should reveal if the claims in a message are true or false.
Moreover, users should also be wary of clicking any links in these false celebrity death messages. Often, such links point to rogue apps
and malicious browser extensions. Others may open scam or malware websites. Sometimes, the messages start out as simple hoaxes but are later repurposed
by online criminals and used to trick people into clicking malicious links.
Last updated: August 29, 2013
First published: August 29, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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