“Donald Trump Arrested Virus” Fake-News Post

Message circulating via WhatsApp and social media websites warns users not to read a news item showing “two police officers arresting Donald Trump on your computer screen” because it is a virus that will infect your computer.

Brief Analysis:
No, Donald Trump has not been arrested.  I have not yet seen an instance of the threat described in the warning.  However, with the US election date looming, criminals may indeed use such tactics to trick people into clicking malware links. Users need to exercise caution when clicking on “breaking news” posts.  In recent months, there have been a number of bogus fake-news posts about the supposed deaths of various famous people, including Donald Trump. Links in these posts open malicious websites.


Breaking News. “Donald Trump arrested” Please if you see two police officers arresting Donald Trump on your computer screen, Do not click to read the news. It is a Virus . Someone has done that and it has infected their computer. Please send to all in your contact list .

Detailed Analysis:
According to this message, which is currently circulating via WhatsApp as well as Facebook and other social media outlets, you should watch out for a news message that shows two police officers arresting Donald Trump on your computer screen. The message warns that clicking to read the story can infect your computer with a virus. It asks you to send the information to all of your contacts.

For the record, no, Donald Trump has not been arrested. I have not yet seen any definitive reports about a virus threat like the one described in the circulating message.  The wording of the message is reminiscent of several virus hoax messages that have circulated in recent months.

However,  criminals are indeed using fake posts about Trump and Clinton to trick people into visiting scam sites and downloading malware. With the US election looming, users certainly do need to be cautious regarding some circulating “news” posts  about the candidates. In recent months, a series of fake news posts announcing the supposed death of several famous people – including Donald Trump –  have been distributed via social media. Links in these bogus posts open malicious websites that may contain tech support scams, malware, or survey scams.



Last updated: October 30, 2016
First published: October 30, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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