“News” posts circulating via social media claim that popular US actor Sylvester Stallone has been found dead and that prescription pills were found at the scene.
The claims in the posts are untrue. Sylvester Stallone is not dead. The posts are designed to trick you into visiting scam websites and installing rogue antivirus scanners or other types of malware on your computer. If you see one of these fake death posts, do not click on it.
Live Update – The Famous Actor Sylvester Stallone Is Found Dead…As It Emerges ‘Prescription Pills Were Found At Scene’
According to various “news update” posts that are currently circulating via social media, much loved actor Sylvester Stallone has been found dead. The posts appear to come from well-known news outlets such as CNN and Fox News and include the logos of these outlets. Some versions claim that prescription pills were found at the scene, thus implying that the actor died of an overdose.
However, Sylvester Stallone is NOT dead. There are no credible news reports that support the claim that he has died and he has been active on his social media channels AFTER the death reports began circulating.
In facts, the false death posts are scams designed to trick people into visiting dangerous websites. If you click on one of the bogus death posts, you will be taken to a website that appears to host the full news report about Sylvester’s demise. However, a popup on the site will claim that a virus has been detected and that you should urgently click a link to deal with the infection.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to another website that appears to run a virus scan on your computer. The scan will “find” a number of viruses and then claim that you must pay a fee to buy software that can removes these viruses. In reality, the scanner is completely fake and found no viruses at all. The supposed virus infection is just a ruse designed to trick you into paying money for utterly useless software.
In other cases, you may be tricked into installing malware browser plugins that can hijack your browser and redirect you to further scam websites. You may also be tricked into providing your personal information on dodgy survey websites.
This attack is just one in a recent series of celebrity death scams. Other recent versions have falsely claimed that Nicolas Cage and Jaden Smith have died. Again, the posts open scam websites that contain malware such as rogue antivirus scanners.
Be very wary of any post that claims that a celebrity has died. If a famous person really does die, the news is always extensively covered by the mainstream media. Thus, a quick search on a news portal such as Google News should reveal if a circulating celebrity death story is true.
Last updated: September 4, 2016
First published: September 4, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!