Dwayne Johnson, known as The Rock, has not died, but Facebook scammers are saying otherwise, claiming he died during a movie stunt.
The post says, “R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson (1972 – 2014) … Watch how Dwayne Johnson died filming a stunt for FAST & FURIOUS 7.”
It shows a photo of Johnson and purports to have video footage. However, there is no video and it’s just a scam.
Johnson has made several tweets since the hoax went viral. He wrote on Monday afternoon: “Real men get roses.. & bottles of tequila;) Just landed & got to my suite. Thank U, London! Who wants a drink?”
When one clicks on the death hoax post, they’re taken to a website designed to look like Facebook. It then asks users to share the post, which ensures that the scam spreads further.
Such scams can prompt the downloading of malware, rogue Facebook apps, or offer bogus surveys that users shouldn’t fill out. Some are just designed to get traffic to a webpage.
Facebook says users should be wary of sharing posts to prevent the spreading of scams.
“Think before you click. Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam they could accidentally send you that spam or tag you in a spammy post. You also shouldn’t download things (ex: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what they are,” Facebook has said about scams.
Regarding “Fast & Furious 7,” production for the film started filming again about a week ago–about four months after the death of star Paul Walker.
Director James Wan posted a photo of a set placard on Instagram, saying it’s the “first day back filming. Better and stronger.”
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will be brought back to the latest installment of the film.
AP update: Guardianship hearing for Walker’s daughter delayed
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A guardianship hearing for Paul Walker’s teenage daughter has been postponed at the request of an attorney for the late actor’s mother.
Attorney Bela G. Lugosi said Thursday lawyers are trying to work out an agreement on who should care for 15-year-old Meadow Rain Walker. The “Fast & Furious” actor’s will calls for his mother to serve as her guardian, however Meadow Walker’s mother, Rebecca Jo Soteros, is still alive.
Soteros has not filed any motions opposing the guardianship. Lugosi says both sides hope to have an agreement before the next court hearing on April 30.
The teenager has been living with her grandmother, Cheryl Ann Walker, since her father’s death in a fiery car crash in November. Investigators have cited unsafe speed as the cause of the accident.