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Tom Hanks falls victim of fake news “€1million donation for excavation” in Greece

It was supposed to be a scoop but it turned to be a fake news story dismissed by those directly involved. Hollywood star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson had made a one-million euro donation for an excavation site in Greece and Hanks was to be honored for this, the media reported.

Greek journalist and owner of a website Takis Haztis reported on Monday and Hollywood start Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson of Greek origin had donated one million euros for the excavation in the archaeological site of Despotiko, the small island south of Antiparos where the couple has a summer house.

For their generous donation, Hand and Wilson would be honored in a special ceremony at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens on October 6th 2018, Hatzis’ tweet said.

The news was reposted on several Greek news and lifestyle websites and blogs.

As soon as the new flew over the Atlantic and reached the alleged donors, Rita Wilson dismissed the news as a baseless claim and a false story.

Neither a donation was made, nor Tom Hanks was planning to attend the no-event, Wilson twitted.

On Tuesday morning, Takis Hatzis apologized and said he re-posted the news he had read somewhere. “I apologize, I admit I didn’t imagine that somebody would post fakes news on such an issue.”

Hatzis did not mention the media source where he read the news.

A friend told to have seen this Hanks/Wilson donation/honor news on an English speaking website early Monday morning, but that the news item was already removed when the title link was clicked.

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