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Prank Post Falsely Claims Dunkin' Donuts Is Closing Down


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A post currently circulating the interwebs at speed is sending cold shivers down the spines of donut lovers.

The post claims that, due to a failing economy that has left the restaurant industry in ruins, Dunkin' Donuts has declared bankruptcy and will close all its stores by late November.

The post links to what at first appears to be a detailed news report about the demise of Dunkin.

But, donut aficionados can relax. Dunkin' Donuts has made no such bankruptcy announcement and is not closing down.

The post is just a silly prank. If you click the link, the fake news report will appear briefly before automatically loading a page that informs you that 'you got punked'. The page then invites you to punk your friends with the same prank by posting it to your social media pages.

Of course, anybody who does actually click the link will quickly realise that the post is just a joke. However, many users share or repost such messages without actually clicking the link. Thus, as the post spreads, a growing number of users will believe that the story is true.

It is always a good idea to verify any strange or unusual news reports that cross your social media feeds before you share them on your networks. Searching Google News or another news aggregator will likely reveal if a circulating story is actually true.

   

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Dunkin Donuts Declares Bankruptcy: Closing all Stores by Late November

The ever failing economy has left the restaurant industry in ruins and Dunkin is no stranger. CEO declared Monday that they would move to declare bankruptcy

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Last updated: September 16, 2015
First published: September 16, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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Dunkin Donuts Declares Bankruptcy: Closing all Stores by Late November
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