Justin Bieber died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body.
Before deciding whether that ‘news’ is true or false you may want to check out mainstream legitimate news sites to ensure that the story wasn’t generated by pranksters.
Whether you think it is in good taste or not there are several web sites on the net that will allow you to plug a celebrity’s name into pre-written stories such as ‘the car crash’ or the ‘falling off a cliff in New Zealand’.
In this case Justin Bieber’s name had been added to the celebrity car crash death template. Even though this has been done before with other celebrity names (see the related posts after this article) its still garnered some attention on Facebook and Twitter.
Of course this isn’t the first time Justin has ‘died’ and it certainly won’t be the last either but, fortunately (some may say) it is definitely not true today.
Whilst clicking a link in one of those social posts may lead to merriment for some when they see the prank lets not forget that this is also just the sort of thing the bad guys do – they take news events, real or otherwise, and use them to generate a high level of interest and web site visitors. Of course the hackers have not been so kind as the pranksters – they’ve set up malicious sites with the stories on, or use links in fake stories to trick users into installing malware onto their computers.