Fake news posts claiming Rowan Atkinson has died are ‘linked to a scam’

Fake news posts claiming Rowan Atkinson has died are circulating on social media amid warnings they could give your computer a virus.

It’s not the first time such claims have emerged – the Mr Bean actor has also previously been the subject of untrue reports that he died in a car crash in Los Angeles.

The headline of those fake posts shared on social media reads: “FOX BREAKING NEWS: ‘Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson)’ died at 62 After Crashing his Car on Attempt perfecting a Stunt – Today July, 2017”.

If you see the post on your timeline, do not click on it. It is not by Fox News, and the video it prompts does not exist.

The posts from July 2017 were fake and reportedly linked to a scam website which could give your computer a virus.

The latest posts emerged yesterday, Chronicle Live reports.

Newcastle University graduate and Johnny English star Atkinson has been a frequent victim of hoax stories claiming he has died.

Similar posts also circulated in 2016 and in March this year.

Myth debunking site Hoax Slayer say some of the links will direct you to fake security error pages, which claim your computer has been locked and ask you to ring a support number.

Hoax Slayer says you should definitely NOT call that number.

They say: “You will be prompted to call a ‘support number’ urgently to seek help with the supposed security issue.

"However, if you do call as instructed, tech support scammers will try to trick you into giving them your credit card details, ostensibly to pay for the repair of your computer.

"The scammers may also try to trick you into downloading software that will allow them to take control of your computer, steal your files, and install malware.”

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