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Will Smith Facebook Death Post Leads to Rogue App

Outline
Circulating Facebook message claims that actor Will Smith has died due to a doctor's negligence during an operation. The message invites users to click a link to see CCTV footage of the operation.

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Brief Analysis
Will Smith is not dead. The message is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into installing a rogue app and downloading malicious software. If you receive this message, do not click on any links that it contains.

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Hollywood Press: Will Smith has just been pronounced dead after undergoing an immediate spinal surgery caused by an accident while filming Hancock 2 (2014). The negligence of the doctor with medication overdose was blamed to be the cause of his death. Watch the full video of CCTV cam installed in the operating room where he was admitted: [Link Removed]

Will Smith Death Hoax


Detailed Analysis


According to a "Hollywood Press" message circulating rapidly on Facebook, much loved actor Will Smith has died during an operation. According to the message, Will died of a medication overdose due to the negligence of a doctor during the operation.  Supposedly, the actor suffered an accident while filming on the set of the movie "Hancock 2" and had to have an immediate operation as a result. The message invites users to click a link to watch CCTV footage of the operation.

However, the claims in the message are lies. Will Smith is alive and well. The message is an attempt by Facebook scammers to trick users into installing a rogue application and downloading further malicious content.

Those who fall for the ruse and click the link will be taken to an application page and asked to give an app permission to access their accounts and post on their behalf. Once they have installed the app, a pop-up window will be displayed that claims that they must download a "Facebook media plugin" before they can view the supposed footage of the operation. Downloading the bogus plugin will install malicious software on the user's computer.

And, of course, no matter how many plugins users download, they will never get to see the promised footage, which never existed to begin with.

Meanwhile, the rogue app will spam out the same fake death messages to the friends of those who installed it.

Celebrity death hoaxes are increasingly common on social media sites, and an increasing number of them contain links to rogue apps, survey scams or malicious websites.

If a high profile celebrity such as Will Smith dies, then the sad demise will be covered avidly by the mainstream media. A search of a news source such as Google News should quickly reveal if news of a celebrity's death is true. If you receive a social media message or email claiming that a celebrity has died, always verify it via a reputable news source before passing it on.  And be very cautious of following any links contained in such death messages.

If you have already installed the app, you can uninstall it by following the instructions on Facebook's help page on the topic.

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Last updated: October 22, 2013
First published: October 22, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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