“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