Bong Revilla 'suicide' hoax, fake news circulate online

Senator Bong Revilla has become a victim of death hoax after a fake news that he committed suicide circulated online Monday, June 23.

The supposed "breaking news" that shocked many social media users spread like wildfire across Facebook news feeds.

The headline read:

BONG REVILLA: Binaril ang sarili sa loob ng Camp Crame

Bong Revilla suicide hoax, fake news
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The lawmaker, who is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, is being held while awaiting trial for plunder and graft cases.

The bogus article had the senator's photo attached, with the message "R.I.P. Ramon "Bong" Revilla JR., 1966 - 2014." Logos of news providers and ABS-CBN were included for it to appear legitimate.

When clicked, the links redirect to a webpage that contains a computer virus that may lead to identity theft.

Revilla death hoax virus

Cybercriminals use social networking sites to circulate hoaxes and publish fake news items with shocking headlines to victimize people.