In December 2019, social media users began encountering a post proclaiming that actor Will Smith and his son, rapper Jaden Smith, had “died in a crash after a “car and truck collision”:
This post was a hoax, as neither Will nor Jaden Smith had died or been seriously injured in an automobile accident. Clicking through on the social media post led users to a rogue website which displayed a fake CNN video announcing the supposed “shocking” death of the Smiths (along with some other adult content):
The purpose of this hoax appeared to be to bait users into clicking to view the video as a means of driving them to malicious web pages, and to trick them into sharing the hoax post on social media in order to spread it further. Users are strongly advised not to visit to the website that underlies this hoax post and not to click on anything displayed there.