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Father's Day hoax cons fans by claiming Ryan Gosling adopted a child

"This father's day, I've decided to tell the story of how I became a father," the post read.

By Annie Martin
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Father's Day hoax cons fans by claiming Ryan Gosling adopted a child
Ryan Gosling arrives at a photo call for the film "Lost River" during the 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 20, 2014. UPI/David Silpa | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- Unknown persons cashed in on Ryan Gosling's good-guy appeal over the weekend.

A fake Facebook for the 33-year-old actor popped up before Father's Day on June 15. The page has since been removed, but it included a photo of Gosling holding a baby and claimed the star had adopted a child.

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"This father's day, I've decided to tell the story of how I became a father," the post read. "This little guy was only 9 months old when I became his dad. His mom and I were great friends before she passed away from cancer. I promised her, I'd always look after him."

The post received over 900,000 likes from the actor's adoring fans. More sinisterly, it encouraged people to visit a different website and purchase a "Young Wild and Free" t-shirt for $22.50. The site says the proceeds benefit the Orphanage Home Foundation, but no such organization exists. In addition, the con claims that those who buy a shirt are entered into a contest to spend a day with Gosling.

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