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“The Rock Passes Away!” – Beware of this Facebook Hoax!

June 20, 2014
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Most of us are familiar with WWE superstar Dwayne Douglas Johnson, popularly known by his ring name ‘The Rock’. Although we miss watching him tussling with other wrestlers, we do get to see him in movies. But unfortunately, we will never get to know what the Rock is cooking, because according to a latest Facebook post, he is dead.

Facebook Death Hoax Dwayne Johnson

A post about the tragic demise of The Rock is doing the rounds on Facebook. The post claims that the actor met his death during a shoot of Fast and Furious 7. A Facebook page named “R.I.P Dwayne Johnson” was visited by millions of fans, who flooded the comment space with condolence messages.

The Facebook post also claims to show a video of how the actor died in the accident.

While all this may sound tragic and concerning for the fans of the semi-retired WWE superstar, it is but another Facebook hoax about deaths of celebrities. Johnson’s representative officially announced that the actor is in good health and doing well.

What Happens when you click the Post?
The following is the series of events that usually occurs with such Facebook hoaxes:

–  Clicking the post will take you to a spoofed Facebook page where the video is hosted. If you click further, you will be asked to first share the post on Facebook in order to watch the intriguing video. Sharing the post will help scammers circulate the hoax to a wider audience.

– After sharing the post, you will be redirected to another page claiming to host the video.

– If you proceed further and click the play button, either you will be asked to fill an online survey form or download a plugin or a software to watch the video. The survey form is just to trick you to give away your personal information to the scammer, and the plugin could be a malware.

– And even if you risk everything and fill the form or download the plugin, you won’t get to see any video, because there is none to begin with.

Beware of Facebook Hoaxes and Similar Online Scams
Before sharing or responding to such posts and news that seems out of the ordinary, always run a quick check on reputable news portals and online sources. Sharing untrustworthy information without checking the facts may not only spell trouble for you, but others who are linked to you as well.

Read our post on Common Facebook Scams to know more about online scams and how to stay away from them. Stay safe!

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Rajiv Singha
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  1. Pravat Kumar JenaJune 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    thank you for this information
    we all should must be aware like this hoax and specially thank to Mr. Rajib Singh who let us know about these facts.

    thanks a lost
    Mr RAJIB

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  2. Ratan KumarJune 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Hello Rajib ,
    Thank you so much for a post like this , specially this post dedicated to facebook . This is surely an eye opener for those who keep on engaged with this platform . Even in my FB account , I come across so many pages which seems to be unwanted and to my surprise , these pages gets circulated through our known ones . This means that they also become victims of this viral process which should not happen . So awareness is really required which I think you guys are doing to the maximum . Since I have Quick heal installed in my laptop , so regular updates like these keep on flashing up . I feel completely secured and proud of owning an indian product . Do keep on posting such posts which will definitely help online viewers like me to greater extent .

    Thanks again ,

    Ratan .

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    • Hi Ratan Kumar,

      Thank you for trusting Quick Heal, and for those kind words of appreciation. If you wish to receive such helpful tips and alerts regularly, you can subscribe to our blog. Simply provide your email address in the Stay Updated section and click Subscribe.

      Regards,

      Reply
  3. prabhakar machiwalJune 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Thanks for the awareness.

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  4. Mohammed ArshadJune 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Discovered this news very earlier but thanks for sharing this with all of us..!!!

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  5. Thanks & very much for giving information’s.

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  6. Thanks for your information.., but few Weeks back I received one such video…, and followed “their instruction” as you wrote above…,

    but i didn’t, filled up that form or downloaded the plugin.., now, I would like to know, is there, any chances to be get trapped or in problem for this..?? let me know in detail…

    Reply
  7. Avinash TikoneJune 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Thank u.

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  8. jagdish40667June 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Good matter for awareness thanks a lot

    Reply
  9. sukanta mukherjeeJune 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Thank you sir for that type of awareness

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  10. Very informative.Thank you Quick Heal Team for updating as well as securing us consecutively .Keep up the good work .

    Reply
  11. thank you for awareness please keep us updated with such informations

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  12. sushant s RautJune 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Dear All,

    I have received message on whatsapp . IS THIS FAKE ? OR any bad thing?
    the message received as under. Please help us is that true or fake.

    ====================================================================

    ✅ Hello, I. Am VARUN PULYANI director of whatsapp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have sold whatsapp to Mark Zuckerberg for 19 billion $. WhatsApp is now controlled by mark zuckerberg. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and logo of your whatsapp will change to a new icon with facebook’s “f” within 24 hours.

    Forward this message to more than 10 people to activate your new whatsapp with facebook services or else your account will be deleted from new servers.

    Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp ☑ 

    Send it to all your contacts to update the application
    ♻send this to 10 people
    To activate the new whatsapp.

    Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the team WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user
    send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo will change color. 
    send this to 8 people to activate the new whatsapp ✔✔

    ====================================================================

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    • Hello Sushant,

      Yes such messages are fake, also known as WhatsApp hoaxes. We would advise to avoid forwarding such messages to your contacts, and also encourage your friends to do the same.

      Regards,

      Reply
  13. Kousik AdhikaryJune 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Rock Bottom for this one!
    Thanks!

    Reply
  14. Karan Raj KohliJune 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Thankyou for sharing this important and usefull information.

    Reply
  15. Sir, i am quick heal user from years.
    recently some malware(serve-banners.com, advertising support, extra savings) integrated into my chrome browser. i performed quick heal anti malware scan, it showed my system is clean. i uinstalled the addon in control panel, deleted its folder in c-drive.
    I followed several instructions available on the net, cleared cookies, reinstalled chrome several times, still it is appearing while im opening any website. i cant able to click even any hyperlinks available on those websites.
    i downloaded superantispyware and performed antimalware scan then it showed some adware tracking cookies in several places of c-drive. i quarantined it. then again after installing chrome, these ads appearing on my chrome browser( firefox and ie are now not showing these ads).

    Reply
    • Hi Srinivas,

      Perhaps you should change the page that opens by default when you open a new tab or a new window. Apart from this step, removing suspicious programs from the Control Panel and removing add-ons from your browser are the advisable solutions. But as you have mentioned, this is something you have already done. To resolve this issue, if it continues after changing your default home page, please contact our support center on 0-927-22-33-000. Or submit a ticket by visiting this link -> http://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. With some more details, they will be able to sort this out for you.

      Best regards.

      Reply
      • Sir,
        You told me to submit a ticket. tell me exactly which file i have to attach submit to quick heal submitting the ticket!!!!

        Reply
  16. asif shaikhJune 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    good

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  17. tnx for awareness

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  18. THANK’S FOR THIS INFORMATION . I WAS NOT KNOWING ABOUT IT NEVER THINK OF IT

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  19. Soham GhoshJune 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    very good antivirus

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  20. Hi Purushottam,

    Kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000.
    You can also raise a query at http://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you to resolve the issue you are facing.

    Regards,

    Reply
  21. Anirban ChakrabortyJune 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Thank you. It was really a necessary information.

    Reply
  22. Saket K ModiJune 25, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    hi Mr. Rajib Jee,
    At first thanks for valulable information & I want to say that plz keep doing these type of posts so that we all can be alert on time remaining………….
    Again saying Thank You!!!!!!!!

    Reply