The man accused of infecting hundreds of men and women in the NYC area with HIV, is the victim of a cruel internet joke!
Via NewsOne reprots:
The news report from an NBC affiliate in New York circulated the web via blogs claiming that police were searching for a man named Isaac Don Burks for intentionally spreading HIV in the NY Tri-State area. Over the weekend the story spread like wildfire via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, even Michael Baisden and Steve Harvey shared the “story”. On Monday, the original source was called into question when the link being shared redirected to an Augusta news site.
The original source came from a fake site made to look like the NBC New York 4 website. The slight difference was in the domain. The real NBC affiliate’s domain is http://www.nbcnewyork.com the fake site used http://www.nbcnewyork4.com. The original story url still shows up in Google search as http://nbcnewyork4.com/news/local/fugitive-wanted-for-intentionally-spre… yet you no longer go to the original report. Instead, when you click on the link you are directed to an Augusta story about the same man, but for a different incident in 2010 involving identity fraud and forgery.
Because more versions of the hoax continue to be spread online, The Examiner contacted the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Veronica Lewin, Assistant Press Secretary for NYC’s Health Department answered the inquiry and assured the public that the allegations levied against Don Burks are, indeed, false.
Even though this story has been proved to be false, many will still share the false report. Let’s hope damage done by this malicious false report won’t have a lasting effect on the life of Mr. Burks. If you want to verify that the viral report is a hoax you can contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene via email at Pressoffice@health.nyc.gov/.