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Social Media Death Hoax – more than just a prank?

The latest celebrity to fall victim to a social media hoax, was Jackie Chan. It was announced across several different social media sites that he had died after performing a stunt and jumping off of the 12th floor of a building. Some urged readers to watch the ‘original video’ of his death.

Be careful what you click on, you might be entering a malicious website

We’re all used to celebrity fake death hoaxes, but while they appear relatively harmless, in reality cyber criminals use them to lure unsuspecting fans to engage in survey scams or drive them to malicious websites via the promise of an exclusive video. So how can you figure out what’s real and what’s not? Be smart about where you choose to get your news. Rely on established and trusted sources, like news sites, or TMZ.com. Don’t just click on the first link you see and be especially wary of links that come up in your social media news feeds. Some hoaxes get higher engagement than others. In this case, many people fell for it, and Jackie Chan himself even posted on Facebook to show everyone that he was indeed still alive and well, “Hi everybody! Yesterday, I got on a 3am flight from India to Beijing. I didn’t get a chance to sleep and even had to clean my house when I got home. Today, everybody called to congratulate me on my rumored engagement. Afterward, everybody called to see if I was alive”. And then later, “If I died, I would probably tell the world! I took a photo with today’s date, just in case you don’t believe me! However, thank you all for your concern. Kiss kiss and love you all!” The following celebrities have fallen victim to the notorious social media death hoax: Lady Gaga Denzel Washington Eddie Murphy Tiger Woods Kanye West

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Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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