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Issue 176 - April, 2014 (2nd Edition) - Page 4

SCAM -'R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson' - The Rock is NOT Dead

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R.I.P. message being distributed on Facebook claims that actor Dwayne Johnson has died during filming of a dangerous stunt for the movie Fast and Furious 7.

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Brief Analysis
The message is a scam. Dwayne Johnson is alive and well. The link in the message takes users to a fake Facebook page that tries to trick them into participating in suspect online surveys and installing rogue apps or malicious browser extensions. If this scam message comes your way, do not click any links that it contains.

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R.I.P. DWAYNE JOHNSON (1972 -2014). He died filming a dangerous stunt for FAST & FURIOUS 7

Age Restricted Video (for 18 years and above only)

RIP Dwayne Johnson Scam


Detailed Analysis


According to a message currently going viral on Facebook, actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has died during filming for the movie Fast and Furious 7. The R.I.P. message, which features a photograph of Dwayne, claims that the star died while performing a dangerous movie stunt. The message invites users to click the image to see a video of the accident.

However, the message is a scam. Dwayne Johnson is alive and well. Clicking the message takes users to a bogus Facebook Page that supposedly hosts the accident video. But, when they attempt to play the video, users are told that they must first share the message on Facebook. Via this mechanism, the scammers ensure that their bogus message reaches a wide audience and continues to circulate.

After sharing as instructed, users will be taken to another page that again supposedly hosts the video. But, users will now be told that they must perform further actions before they can see the video. They may be told that they must fill in one or more surveys, ostensibly to verify their age or show that they are human. Or, they may be asked to install rogue apps that will send out spam and scam messages to all of their friends. In some instances, users may be tricked into adding malicious extensions to their web browsers or downloading malware.

But, even if they obey all of the instructions on the scam pages, users will never get to see the promised video, which never existed to begin with.

Such celebrity death scams are a very common scammer ruse. Be wary of any message that claims that a celebrity has died and invites you to click a link to watch a video or read a news report. The death of a celebrity is always widely reported by the mainstream media, so a quick check of a news portal such as Google News should reveal if a circulating death story is true or false.

This scam follows closely behind another circulating message that falsely claimed that Dwayne Johnson had fallen off a cliff and died while filming in New Zealand. Unlike the version discussed here, this earlier message was a relatively harmless hoax and did not contain links to malicious websites.

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Last updated: April 11, 2014
First published: April 11, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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References
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained
Oprah Winfrey is NOT Dead - Links in Message Lead to Rogue App
Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead



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Pages in this issue:
  1. SCAM - 'Mermaid Found Inside Shark Video'
  2. HOAX - '15 foot Eastern Brown Snake Found Near Caloundra Golf Course'
  3. Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'
  4. SCAM -'R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson' - The Rock is NOT Dead
  5. NONSENSE - 'All Americans Microchipped by 2017'
  6. SCAM - 'Devil's Pool Fall Epic Selfie Video'
  7. Heartbleed Bug - Users Warned to Change All Passwords
  8. HOAX - 'Justin Bieber Admits To Being Bi-Sexual'
  9. PHISHING SCAM - 'Click to Read Vital Newsletter'
  10. RingCentral 'New Fax Message' Malware Email
  11. LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Wife Pregnant for 13 Months Needs Prayers'
  12. 'New Voicemail' Pharmacy Spam Email
  13. HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'
  14. Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams
  15. April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'
  16. iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam
  17. Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead
  18. Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message
  19. Product Order Request Money Laundering Emails
  20. Capitec 'Routine Maintenance' Phishing Scam
  21. MALWARE - 'Confidential - ALL Employees Important Document'
  22. SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'
  23. Lamborghini Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam
  24. Barclays 'Detected Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam
  25. MALWARE - 'Traffic Accident With Your Car' Email
  26. HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'
  27. Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'