Hoax Alert: 'Damn Daniel' Teen NOT Hospitalized After Being Beaten And Robbed For His White Vans

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

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Viral internet sensation Daniel Lara (a California teenager known from a viral video in which he was walking around looking cool at school wearing white Vans while his friend repeated the phrase "Damn Daniel") was not beaten and robbed of his trademark Vans, despite what well known fake news site Huzlers may have led you to believe.

According to the made up article they recently posted, Daniel was beaten and robbed just outside his home in California, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition. Target of the robbers were the famous shoes Daniel wore in his video, which they supposedly wanted to sell on Ebay.

A fake listing was indeed made on Ebay for the sneakers, from one 'aleczanders'.


The actual Daniel Lara meanwhile kept on tweeting like nothing happened. Kind of strange for someone supposedly in critical conditon.

The people who shared the news online without checking should perhaps be more critical as a condition for being allowed to keep using the internet...

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder 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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