Fake news posts can lead a computer user to install a virus. A warning has been issued that false report of the actor’s death in a car crash in Los Angeles can put viruses onto people’s computers. Recently the fake news of the death of Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson went viral on social media. But according to source, the news is fake that linked to a scam website which can spread virus to the computer.
In 2017, a similar hoax had been circulated on social media regarding the death of actor Atkinson in the name of Fox news and the headline reads “FOX BREAKING NEWS: ‘Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson)’ died at 62 After Crashing his Car on Attempt perfecting a Stunt”. It is recommended not to click on the link of the news. The news is not by Fox News and there is no video exist in the link.
Myth debunking site Hoax Slayer says in this regard that some of the links can redirect to some fake security error pages which show the computer has been locked and refer the user to a support number to resolve the supposed security issue. In the helpline number the fake tech supporter will try to trick the user to leak his/her credit card details to pay the repairing amount. They can also trick the user to download particular software through which they will be able to leak the information from the computer, steal files and install malware.