According to posts that are currently circulating via social media websites American reality TV star Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter) has died.
Current versions of the scam posts are falsely claiming that Chapman died as a result of suicide.
Here’s a screenshot of one of the posts:
Clicking on the posts opens a disgraceful fake-news website that tries to give the impression that it is part of BBC News and fraudulently features the BBC logo. In fact, the site has no connection to the BBC or any other legitimate news source.
Here’s a screenshot of the fake-news site:
Sickeningly, this disgusting website claims that you can click to watch a video of Mr Chapman taking his own life.
However, if you click “play” on the video, the following notice is displayed:
Via this fake warning, the site tricks people into sharing the content on Facebook. This helps the scammers spread their fake messages across the network, thus gaining many more site visitors.
Once on the bogus site, visitors are encouraged to click on links that lead to other scam websites that ask them to provide their personal information or purchase decidedly dodgy “health” products.
Alternative versions of the fake death posts claim that Chapman died of a heart attack. Dog was admitted to hospital in September 2019 for a pulmonary embolism. However, he was later released from the hospital and is recovering.
The man himself has reassured fans that he is still with us via his official Facebook Page:
Suicide-Related Celebrity Death Hoaxes Are Utterly Contemptible
Fake celebrity death messages that claim that the targeted celebrity took his or her own life are especially heinous and contemptible.
Mental health studies suggest that there is an increase in suicide rates after media reports about celebrity suicides. Thus, a fake post that distributes lies about the supposed suicide of a celebrity could have tragic consequences for vulnerable fans and their families.
Falsely claiming that someone has taken their own life is simply immoral. The people who use such claims simply to promote themselves are scum in human form and have no place on our social networks or the Internet. They deserve only our derision and contempt.
Please don’t help these people by clicking their fake-news links or sharing their bogus death claims.
Verify Celebrity Death Claims Before Clicking
Many celebrities are regularly targetted via death hoaxes and scams. Always verify any message claiming that a celebrity has died via a reputable news outlet before clicking or sharing.
If a famous person does die, then the story will always be extensively covered by news outlets around the world. So a quick search of a news aggregator such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating celebrity death message is true.