Here is why Rowan Atkinson’s death prank was played:
Death pranks on celebrities are common and the recent target was comedian Rowan Atkinson. There were fake news articles circulating all across internet and social media regarding Mr Bean’s death and also under big news names like Fox News. It is not the first time that Rowan Atkinson’s death news has been circulated. But this was not just to puzzle fans but also for a different motive.
— Okblaze News & Media (@OKblazemedia) July 18, 2018
As per reports, as people would click the fake ‘Fox News’ articles, it would lead them to an error page saying the computer is in lockdown. Further the user would be told to contact a ‘support number’ to unlock the system again. This support number was fake and was to extract personal details of a person like credit card information, bank account details and more.
As the hoax of Atkinson’s death spread all over social media, people even started sharing their condolence for him, making him the top trending topics. But many who had noticed fake news like this before called it fraud.
My favorites comedian or entertainer of all time I grow up watching her on TV this is the power of the man that he give smile on face of the world without saying a word #R.I.P #mrbean #rowanatkinson #rowansebastianatkinson #johnnyenglish @MrBean pic.twitter.com/eiVO85uOqa
— Māyâñk Bhørïyā (@MayankBhoriya) July 19, 2018
I’m already depressed and now you want to tell me Rowan Sebastian aka Mr Bean is dead to further throw the my-childhood-is-over fact in my face
— Rumaisa (@rumaisash) July 19, 2018
stop spreading fake news about rowan atkinson being dead lmao why does this happen every year it’s ridiculous
— Renée saw amatw (@deadtpooI) November 14, 2017