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


  • 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


  • 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.

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1: HOAX - 'Facebook to Begin Charging Users From November 1st'

Report circulating via social media claims that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month from November 1st 2014 in an effort to counter rising costs.

2: Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?

Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

3: NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'
Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.

4: '22 Foot 2500 Pound' Crocodile Photo

Circulating photograph purportedly shows a 22 foot 2500 pound Crocodile killed near a village on Africa's Niger River.

5: The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith

Email with a series of attached pictures claims that the pictures were created on a typewriter by the artist Paul Smith.

6: Maria at Dell Hospital Money for Forwarding Hoax

Message claims that Dell Hospital will donate 15 cents to help pay medical expenses for five year old Maria who is in hospital after being brutally raped by a man who has AIDS.

7: Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?

Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

8: Prime Minister Howard - Muslims Out Of Australia

Email forward claims that former Australian Prime Minister John Howard told the media that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country. It also claims that Howard told Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law that they should get out of Australia

9: MALWARE - 'My New Photo' Emails

Emails with the subject line and text 'my new photo :)' include an attached .zip file that supposedly contains the promised image.

10: Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton

Email with an old photograph of a leader addressing a crowd claims that a speech on the assimilation of immigrants included in the message was made by Australia's first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton in 1907.

PHISHING - AOL Mail 'Exceeded Storage Limit' Email
Message purporting to be from large US webmail provider AOL Mail claims that your email storage limit has been exceeded and you must therefore click a link to re-validate your mailbox.

Published: September 29, 2014

Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.

Published: September 29, 2014

FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.

'HP Car Advertisement' Money Laundering Scam
Email purporting to be from a firm called 'HP Car Advertisement' claims that you can earn $450 per week just by placing an 'auto wrap' advertising decal on your car and driving around as you normally do.

Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat was an Elaborate Hoax
A threat to publish stolen nude photos of actress Emma Watson has turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?
Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'
Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.

FAKE-NEWS - 'Texas to Legalize Marijuana Use'
Circulating story claims that Texas has a new bill that will legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana from January 1, 2015.

HOAX - 'Facebook to Begin Charging Users From November 1st'
Report circulating via social media claims that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month from November 1st 2014 in an effort to counter rising costs.

Published: September 22, 2014

Do NOT Try to Charge your iPhone in a Microwave - 'Wave' iOS8 Hoax
Viral message claims that new 'Wave' technology that comes with Apple's iOS8 allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone by placing it in a household microwave for a minute and a half.

Published: September 19, 2014


Meet Team Hoax-Slayer

Brett Christensen

Research, writing, web-development, social networking, and business management: Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes almost all of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.

Brett Christensen

Matthew Christensen

Coding, web-development, site maintenance: Matthew converts Brett's articles to web format and publishes them on the site. He also prepares and sends the site newsletter and performs many other day-to-day maintenance tasks. Matthew is attending university with the goal of attaining a multi-media degree.

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Cameron Christensen

Coding, web-development, site maintenance: Cameron looks after the mobile version of the Hoax-Slayer website and contributes to web development and general site maintenance. He is studying web development online.

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