Hoax Alert

Fake News: Andrew E. NOT Killed at Tomas Morato Avenue

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:49:27 Z)

A fake news site going by the name news.cbn-tv.com has published a celebrity death hoax about rapper Andrew E. titled "CONFIRMED: Andrew E. killed at Tomas Morato Avenue". The story opens:

Management of rapper Andrew E. has confirmed that the rapper has been shot dead at the Tomas Morato Avenue.

The rapper was shot dead while in the company of friends in his car, management confirms in a statement.

Police sources say a close friend, Kelvin Valiente and one eyewitness who were close to the scene would be crucial to police investigations.

The best proof that the story isn't true is that Andrew E. just posted to his Instagram account one hour ago:

He certainly doesn't look very dead in that video...

Also there's this:

Finally the phrase "Eye witnesses claim the man who pulled the trigger drove off quickly in a black Hyundai Accent car." from the article seems to be used in several other death hoaxes about other celebrities as you can see in this screenshot of a google search for it:

eye witnesses.jpg

The site appears to be part of a network of fake news websites that all have normal looking front pages with some generic news stories taken from other websites but which frequently publish hoax articles on other parts of the site that aren't immediately obvious to visitors. Some sites we've identified as seemingly being in the network so far include:

  • cbn-tv.com
  • cnn-channel.com
  • fox-news24.com
  • metro-uk.com
  • news.cbn-tv.com
  • online.read-news.com
  • states-tv.com
  • meganews360.com

Meanwhile the story is being shared around widely as you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone spreading the rumor around you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes fake news.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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