Fake News: Body NOT Found near I-40 In Duplin County

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Body NOT Found near I-40 In Duplin County

Was a dead body found near the I-40 in Duplin county, in the area of the Greenevers/Rose Hill exit? Nope, that was fake news which originated on a prank website. The story is false and used an image originally sourced from a neo-nazi website.

The story appeared in an article published on April 4, 2018 on trend-news.com and was titled "Body Found near I-40 In Duplin County" (archived here). The text read in full:

April 2nd 2018, police received a phone call stating that there was "something big" in a black trash bag laying on the side of I-40 near the Greenevers/Rose Hill exit. Police along with the Wallace fire department arrived on the scene to find a unidentified male with multiple gunshot wounds and stab wounds throughout his body. He has not yet been identified. "Its still an ongoing investigation at this point and will be until we find oit what happened to this gentleman" says one of the officers.

However the photo used with the story appeared in 2010 in an article (archived here) on the website of the "National Socialist Movement" (which sounds kind of neo-nazi to us):

Morning Patrol: Dead Body Recovered...

The National Socialist Movement

In that story it was claimed that the photo was of a dead immigrant found "in the desert south of Interstate 8". The watermark/logo of the neo-nazi site is still visible in the upper right corner of the picture.

In addition trend-news.com is a prank website where users can submit their own headline, description and photo to create realistic looking prank news articles.

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Users don't even need to upload their own image, there is a built-in search function that will pull an appropriate image from Google image search.

The site is part of a larger network of prank sites all using the same basic layout but sometimes in different languages. It appears to be run by a Belgian company named Mediavibes or Media Vibes which is managed by a man named Nicolas Gouriou according to registration records.

So it looks like the entire story was just a sick prank.

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  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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