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Hoax-Slayer:

  • Debunks email and social media hoaxes
  • Thwarts Internet scammers
  • Combats spam
  • Educates web users about email, social media, and Internet security issues

Hoax-Slayer:

  • Provides a resource where Internet users can check the veracity of email and social media messages
  • Counteracts criminal activity by publishing information about Internet scams

Hoax-Slayer:

  • Shares anti-spam tips
  • Publishes computer and email security information
  • Features articles about true email forwards and social media posts

Hoax-Slayer - What We Do
We write about topics that are trending online or have been submitted by readers via email and social media.

We thoroughly research all articles published on Hoax-Slayer prior to publication. Our findings are based on information available via a variety of credible sources including other reputable websites, news articles, press releases, government or company publications and consumer alerts.

If required, we also contact companies, government departments, or other relevant entities directly to enquire about the veracity of particular messages.

Our articles include in-text hyperlinks and a separate reference list that allow you to check the information for yourself.

Researching Information

  1. Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue (Or Gold)
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.

  2. Saturn Close To Earth On June 1st? No, It’s A Hoax
    Circulating report claims that, come June 1st, Saturn will be closer to Earth than it has been in over 10,000 years and its appearance in the sky will be ‘unlike any other astronomical sight people have seen’. The report, which claims that the information was confirmed by NASA, features an image that depicts Saturn filling the sky above a city.

  3. No, Consuming Pepsi And Mentos Does NOT Lead To Instant Death From Cyanide Poisoning
    Circulating message warns that drinking Pepsi and eating Mentos together will lead to instant death because the mixture turns into cyanide poison.

  4. Fake-News: 'Woman Gives Birth to a Baby Elephant'
    According to this circulating report, a Norwegian woman has given birth to a baby elephant. The report claims that, after the 'half-human/half-elephant hybrid' baby was born, millions of Hindus began a pilgrimage to 'Norwegia' to see the child.

  5. HOAX - 'Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.

  6. Dangerous Hoax - 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'
    Circulating health 'tip' claims that pricking the fingers and earlobes of a stroke victim with a needle to release blood can save the victim's life and lead to a full and rapid recovery.

  7. NASA ‘1 Day Of Total Darkness’ Hoax
    Report circulating via social media claims that the Earth will experience one full day of darkness starting on June 2nd, 2016. The claims have supposedly been confirmed by NASA.

  8. ‘New Hackers In The Speed’ Facebook Warning
    Circulating message warns of ‘new hackers in the speed’ that are taking names and pictures from Facebook profiles and using them to create new fake profiles.

  9. Useless ‘He/She Arises Between The Comments’ Facebook Hack Warning
    Circulating message warns that there is a ‘new hack on Facebook’ in which the perpetrators ‘arise’ between comments and are thus able to post offensive material that looks like it came from you.

  10. Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'
    Circulating Facebook message claims that Facebook is limiting Page posts so that no more than 7% of people see them. The message, which bills itself as a test, asks users to like the message and comment 'yes' to ensure that more people see the Page's messages.


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About Brett

Hoax-Slayer is owned and operated by Brett Christensen from his home office in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. Bundaberg is a small city a few hours drive north of Brisbane and is famous for its rum, ginger beer and sugar cane.

Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes most of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.

Brett Christensen




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Join the Fight

We can all be hoax-slayers! United, we can take back the Internet from the criminals, the spammers, and the pranksters. Here's how you can help:

Submit examples:

Submissions are an invaluable aid to Hoax-Slayer. Your submissions help us work out what hoaxes and scams are circulating at a given time. Submissions are one of the most important ways that we learn about new hoaxes and scams and chart how older versions are evolving over time.

Get Involved:

A great way to stay up-to-date with the latest hoaxes and scams is to get our newsletter or join us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Increase your scam literacy:

Perhaps you already have a good idea of how online scammers operate. If so, that's great! But, if you feel there might be some gaps in your knowledge, check out the resources in our Internet Scams page. Reviewing these articles should give you a great overview of the main types of online fraud and allow you to more easily recognize any scams that come your way.

Hone Your Nonsense Radar:

After you've encountered hoaxes of various types, they get easier to detect. Armed with a bit of foreknowledge, you'll find you can 'smell' a hoax as soon as it hits your inbox or social network. Our Internet Hoaxes page provides many different hoax examples divided into hoax catagories.

Help Your Friends:

After you've been hoax-slaying for a while, you might find that you are able to help your friends stay safe online by informing them that something they have posted is a scam or a hoax. In fact, you may find that your friends start asking you to check messages they have received. That is exactly how Hoax-Slayer got started.

Happy hoax-slaying!

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