Ryan Gosling fans were duped into believing the actor had adopted a son after a fake social media post appeared on Father's Day.
A message was posted on a Facebook account purporting to belong to the 33-year-old Canadian filmmaker, which claimed he had adopted a baby boy after his mother died of cancer, and asked for donations to a fake charity.
The scam post - which was liked by almost one million people - linked to a site to purchase a t-shirt, claiming the proceeds would go to Orphanage Home Foundation, a non-existent charity, and enter fans into a competition to meet Ryan.
A picture apparently showed Ryan holding a baby in his arms, along with the message: "This Father's Day, I've decided to tell the story of how I became a father."
The message went on: " 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.
"So, I had decided to step up and become his dad. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything.
"1 year later after the adoption, his biological father wanted him. Of course, I put up a fight, but he won. That 1 year of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents.
"What I truly learned most of all is, every child needs love. "
The Facebook page is not verified and only has 169,000 likes, but more than 930,000 people liked the Father's Day post, with many fans praising the actor's "decision".