Vanilla Ice ‘dies in a car crash’ – hoax spreads on Facebook

Vanilla Ice 'dies in a car crash' - hoax spreads on Facebook

Has Vanilla Ice really died in a car crash?

After all, plenty of people have been sharing the news on Facebook in the last 24 hours – so it must be true, mustn’t it?

Posting on Facebook about death of Vanilla Ice

Messages like the following have been shared widely on the social network:

Vanilla Ice 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. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 17, 2012

if you click on the link accompanying the messages you are taken to a website calling itself “Global Associated News”.

Vanilla Ice dies in car crash

What’s interesting is that the url that people are clicking on includes “” in the sub-domain. I wonder what happens if I change it to someone else?

William Shakespeare death hoax

My word – William Shakespeare has died in a car crash! No wonder he’s been a little less prolific of late..

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Let’s have another go.

Graham Cluley death hoax

Eek! I’ve died in a car crash too – and I’m not even a celebrity!

The website, of course, is designed to allow you to play practical jokes on your friends – and not very funny ones at that. You should always think carefully before clicking on unknowing links, and don’t believe breaking news just because someone has shared it with you on the net – check with a major news outlet instead.

After all, imagine if this website wasn’t just monetising itself via advertising, but was designed to install money-making malware onto your computer instead.

Of course, this is not likely to be the last time that a rumour spreads quickly across the internet that a celebrity has died.

This year alone we’ve seen fake rumours of the death of 1980s pop idol Adam Ant, Margaret Thatcher and Mikhael Gorbachev.

And don’t forget when Christian Slater was killed in a snowboarding accident. Or how Tom Cruise fell to his death off a cliff in New Zealand? Or poor Johnny Depp who also died in a car crash?

Make sure that you keep informed about the latest hoaxes, scams and malware spreading fast across Facebook and other internet attacks.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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