A viral email stating that Shakira is dead has been making rounds on internet. The reports of the singer's death are fake and the email claiming that she was killed in a car accident is just a malware.
"The email claims that Shakira's manager was driving the car and that he was seriously injured in the accident. The email includes an attached Microsoft Word document that supposedly contains exclusive images and further details about the accident," reported Hoax Slayer.
It went on to say that there are no images of accident in the mail and that the singer is alive and well.
Interestingly, the email directs the users to change office security settings. The malware corrupts the system if the instructions are followed. Email or software that asks internet users to enable macros should not be opened, as it is a way to steal information from the laptop/desktop/tablet.
Many fans of the singer have taken to twitter to make people aware of the malware email.
Shakira death hoax email spreads malware attack: It's a trick as old as the hills, but that... http://t.co/l4AFdzuoeU
— Evans (@Evansoliha) September 8, 2014
— Shakira News Watch (@ShakiraFans20) September 5, 2014
It may be mentioned that several celebrities have become victims of death hoax in the recent weeks. One of the most prominent death hoaxes which went viral was of "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone.
The actor's death hoax read: "At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 02, 2014), our beloved actor Sylvester Stallone passed away. Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on liking this page," according to Breathecast.
Fans of the star had strongly reacted to the death hoax as it hurt their sentiments. Other victims of death hoax, include Betty White, Dwayne Johnson, Dennis Haskins, and Joan Rivers.
Meanwhile, Shakira is all set to launch her new fragrance. It is reported that the bottle of her new perfume will have the looks of a guitar.