You have to love the Internet.  Social media services such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn allow us to stay in pretty close contact with all of our clients, colleagues and friends.  But it does have a dark side.

How many fake death announcements have hit the Internet during the past year?  There are many, so many…we lost count!

Websites like the one below, perhaps meant as a joke are causing some folks to tweet, post and share stories that are not 100% true.  Before you believe everything that you read, do your homework.  Check local or national media outlets or other trusted sources to verify the story.  After all, the Internet knows no boundaries and is full of spam and fake information.

The most recent is 80’s pop star Adam Ant.  According to an article found on mediafetcher.com, it claims that Adam Ant died from a Jet Ski accident in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  It would devastate the music industry if it was true!  But, it isn’t.

Did you notice the adam.ant in the URL?  Let’s change it to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and see what happens.

Bill Gates is now a dead musician.  Go ahead and try it with your own name.  http://bill.gates.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stories/jet-ski_musician_turks.php

Did you see the fine print at the bottom of the site?

about this web site. FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment. For sub-domain info, name removal requests and additional use restrictions: FakeAWish.com
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