Latest Email and Social Media Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer
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1: Photos of Old Car Collection Found in Portugal Barn
Email with attached photographs of an extensive collection of valuable old cars claims that a New York man discovered the vehicles locked in a barn on a property he bought in Portugal.
2: FAKE-NEWS: 'Prehistoric Shark Captured off Pakistan'
Circulating report claims that a giant prehistoric shark from a species that was thought to be extinct for 20 million years has been caught off the coast of Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.
3: 'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails
Emails purporting to be from the Clerk to the Court claim that recipients must appear in court on a specified date and should open a court notice contained in an attached file for further information.
4: Facebook Survey Scam - Free Tesco Voucher
Message appearing on Facebook claims that uses can receive a free Tesco Voucher just by clicking a link in the post.
5: SURVEY SCAM - 'Government Warning' About Bath Shampoo
'Government Warning' message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person's shoulder claims that the growth was caused by a type of bath shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the video to learn more about the 'disease'.
6: 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.
7: Bogus Warning – White Transit Van 'RH57 WSU' Trying To Steal Dogs
Message circulating virally via social media posts and email warns that a white transit van with the registration 'RH57 WSU' has been seen trying to steal dogs in various locations in the UK and elsewhere.
8: 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.
9: Bogus Warning - Canned Fruit From Thailand Contaminated With HIV
Circulating message claims that HIV carriers in Thailand have deliberately contaminated canned fruit in a factory by dripping their blood into the food.
10: FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email
Emails purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package en route to the recipient has been returned due to an addressing error and that he or she must open an attached file or follow a link to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.
Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 "pieces of iPad 2" to users who share an image and like the Page.
Published: October 21, 2014Banksy Has NOT Been Arrested -Report is a Hoax
Circulating report claims that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been arrested in London and his identity has finally been revealed.
Published: October 21, 2014Bleach Ebola Cure Hoax
Circulating social media message claims that drinking or injecting household bleach will cure Ebola and stop you from becoming infected.
Published: October 20, 2014FAKE-NEWS: 'Obama Declares International Muslim Awareness Month'
A story circulating via social media and political blogs claims that US President Obama has declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month' in an effort to celebrate 'the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran'.
Published: October 17, 2014Nonsensical Report Claims Ebola Not Real
A circulated report, supposedly penned by a nurse from Ghana claims that Ebola is not real. The report claims the Red Cross is injecting people with poison and pretending that they are subsequently dying of Ebola as a means of furthering sinister Western interests.
Published: October 17, 2014MALWARE: ‘Important - New Outlook Settings’ Email
Email with the subject line 'Important - New Outlook Settings' advises you to click a link to download instructions before updating settings for Microsoft. Outlook.
Published: October 17, 2014Current Ebola Related Hoaxes
Here we list the current crop of Ebola related hoaxes.
Published: October 17, 2014HOAX - 'U2's Bono Has Ebola'
Circulating report claims that U2's Bono has likely contracted the Ebola virus after caring for a dying Liberian man.
Published: October 16, 2014'Crabzilla'- Giant Crab Hoax Image Has Internet Abuzz
A circulating aerial image appears to depict a gigantic crab lurking just off the coast of Whitstable in the UK.
Published: October 14, 2014Singer Chayanne Targeted in Death Hoax
Messages spreading rapidly via social media claim that popular Puerto Rican singer Chayanne has died
Published: October 14, 2014
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