English Actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson who plays as Mr. Bean and Johnny English is not dead – but your computer might be if you clicked the fake news story about his untimely demise.
A viral hoax presents itself as a video tribute to Rowan Atkinson aka MR. Bean from “FOX BREAKING NEWS” with his birth and alleged death dates featured next to the preview image.
Users who click the video link will be redirected to a falsified security page prompting them to dial a phone number, according to reports. Anyone who calls the number will be asked to provide their credit card information in order to purchase a so-called software fix, which will actually riddle the targeted computer with viruses.
The hoax video appears to have resurfaced from July of 2017, when it first sparked fears that Atkinson had died. The video caption claims Atkinson was killed in a car crash. Online scammers frequently use celebrity rumours to target people with malicious software designed to steal their personal data, according to the anti-virus service McAfee.