Don’t worry guys, Rowan Atkinson, best known for his iconic Mr. Bean character is very much alive! The news supposedly reported by ‘Fox’ was nothing more but a hoax – but a dangerous one!
Fans took to social media to share their condolences today only to find themselves in danger of getting scammed.
The hoax was meant to get people to click a link which would then start a virus.
The next step was to get you to share personal data such as credit card info, so after clicking on the ‘Fox News’ article link, the victim would then be shown an error screen urging to call a certain phone number that would then supposedly get your virus infected computer our of ‘lockdown.’
As you may have realized already, the number was all fake and was only meant to make people reveal their bank account numbers and other important personal details.
However, before the hoax was exposed, many social media users took to Twitter to mourn the passing of Mr. Bean.
‘Guys no, Rowan Atkinson???????? / Rip #rowanatkinson.. Mr. Bean.. You made us laugh without uttering anything…’ a couple of tweets lamented.
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
Soon enough, however, fans who figured it out made it very clear that ‘Rowan Atkinson isn’t dead, he is alive and well. It was a hoax. May he live long. #rowanatkinson.’
But what is interesting is that this is not even the first time Mr. Bean ‘dies!’
In fact, he’s been at the center of a death hoax in both 2016 and 2017 making this the third consecutive year that he is reported to be dead!
However, the fake news being a scam is definitely a first! Be very careful what you click on, guys!
Rowan Atkinson is yet to acknowledge the hoax in any way.