PRANK - 'England Gets Second Chance as Ref Charged'
OutlineCirculating news snippet appearing to be from the BBC claims that England has been given a replay game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee was charged with match fixing and bribery.
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Brief AnalysisThe claims in the message are untrue and it is not from the BBC. It is just a prank. Clicking the link in the message will take you to a webpage that informs you that you have been tricked and that the post was just a joke. The site allows you to create your own fake news message and share it via social media to prank your friends.
ENGLAND GET SECOND CHANCE AS REF IS CHARGED WITH MATCH FIXING OFFENCES
BREAKING NEWS - England are to be given a second chance replay against Uruguay as it emerges the referee in charge of tonight's fixture is charged with match fixing offences and bribery..
According to this 'breaking news' message, which is circulating via social media, England will get a second chance game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee in the original game was charged with match fixing and bribery. The message, which includes the BBC news logo, invites users to click a link to read the full article. The link seemingly points to a BBC News website.
Message is Just a Prank:
WE ARE SORRY, BUT YOU WERE TRICKED! IT WAS JUST A JOKE!!!
Site Encourages You to Create Your Own Pranks:
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Last updated: June 23, 2014
First published: June 23, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen