Latest Email and Social Media Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer
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1: Absurd Warning Claims That Monster Energy Drink Logo Hails Satan
Message circulating via email and the blogosphere warns that Monster Energy Drinks claw "M" logo is actually made up of the Hebrew letter vav repeated three times to make the number 666 and is therefore the mark of Satan.
2: False Claim - Colour of Squares on Tubes Denotes Chemical Content
Circulating message claims that consumers can tell the chemical makeup of tube contents just by checking the colour of a small square at the bottom of the packaging. A newer variant focuses on toothpaste tubes.
3: WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax
Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".
4: Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck
Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.
5: Nareepol Tree
Message claims that attached photographs show the "Nareepol Tree" in Thailand - an amazing tree that grows fruit in the shape of women. Another version claims the "naarilatha plant" grows in the Himalayas and only blooms with its woman shaped flowers once every twenty years.
6: SCAM - 'Facebook Work From Home Program'
Message claims that Facebook has launched a new 'Work From Home' program that will allow users to make money from the comfort of their own homes.
7: Viber 'Missed Call' Malware Email
Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that you have a missed call waiting and invites you to click a link to listen to the message.
8: The Bogus Tale of The British Flag Lapel Pin and the Rude Muslim Woman in the Checkout Queue
Message tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a British supermarket checkout queue was taken to task and put in her place by an elderly shopper after she made critical remarks about the cashier's British flag lapel pin and the UK's military involvement in Afghanistan.
9: Protest Message - Prison Sentence for Spray Painting Poppy on Mosque
Social media driven protest message cites the apparent unfair disparity in sentences handed out to a Muslim man who defaced a war memorial, another Muslim who burned a poppy at a Remembrance Day ceremony and two non-Muslim men who spray painted a poppy on a Mosque.
10: Is Lemon A Cancer Killer That is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?
Message purporting to be from the Institute of Health Sciences in Baltimore claims that lemon is a "miraculous product" that can kill cancer cells, is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy, and is "a proven remedy against cancers of all types".
Circulating report claims that Beanie Baby stuffed toys made in the 90's were filled with spider eggs and that these eggs are finally hatching their horde of baby brown recluse spiders.
Published: November 7, 2014HOAX - 'Death Row Inmate Requests Child as Last Meal'
Circulating report claims that a Texas death row inmate convicted of murder and cannibalism has requested a little boy as his last meal and that the Department of Corrections has accepted the request. The report features a photograph of the supposed inmate.
Published: October 31, 2014Norman Reedus is NOT Dead
Circulating social media rumour claims that American actor Norman Reedus has died. Reedus plays the character Daryl Dixon in 'The Walking Dead'.
Published: October 30, 2014HOAX - 'NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness'
A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between the 16th and the 22nd of December due to a solar storm.
Published: October 27, 2014'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam
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, 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.
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Published: October 17, 2014
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