Is Jackie Chan dead? No, but it’s become a favorite internet search this year and scammers are exploiting the Jackie Chan death hoax to its fullest.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Jackie Chan is not dead and is working on a Chinese theme park. He even stars in some action movies like Police Story 2013 even though he previously said he’d retire.
Reports of Jackie Chan’s death have spread all over the internet this year. Most of them claim Jackie Chan died from a stunt or a fall from a rooftop.
Proof that Jackie Chan is not dead came pretty quick in the form of a photo from Jackie Chan himself. But still people are spreading this hoax all over the internet.
The Jackie Chan death virus spreads through fake websites and Facebook accounts. The fake news posts will link to external sites that load your computer up with a virus. Most will ask you do download a file in order to see the news video, which is something no legitimate website will ask. Other hoaxes will still try to get you to enter personal information so they can steal your identity.
Many people have been fooled by this method of delivery so here’s an example of one of the fake Jackie Chan death news reports:
“Jackie Chan died after perfecting a deadly stunt. Jackie Chan falls from a building of 12 floors. C.S.I are currently investigating. Watch the original video of the deadly stunt and their effort to save Jackie Chan. (for 18 years and above).”
The Jackie Chan death hoax will sometimes refer to him being in the Good Samaritan Hospital and “hanging on to dear life” while at the same time saying police are investigating his death. So is Jackie Chan dead or not? Even the scammers don’t get that right, so look for obvious mistakes in any news reports claiming Jackie Chan is dead.
Interestingly enough, Jackie Chan’s death hoax isn’t the top hoax related to celebrities. Emma Watson topped the list and Sandra Bullock, Kathy Griffin, Zoe Saldana, and Avril Lavigne were in the top five for 2013. Past celebrity hoaxes have tried using Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Jon Hamm, Adriana Lima, and Emma Roberts in order to load up a virus or steal information.
Were you ever fooled by initial reports of Jackie Chan’s death?