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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: Giant Fraser River Sturgeon Photograph

Message claims that an attached photograph depicts an 11-foot long, 1000lb sturgeon caught by a group of fisherman

2: Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture

Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

3: MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email

Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

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: 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.

6: Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish

Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

7: Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale

A viral video appears to show a man taken by a killer whale as he walks along a beach.

8: Giant Snake on Digging Machine Image

Circulating message claims that an attached photograph depicts a massive 700 lb snake hanging on the boom of a digging machine. According to the message, the snake was pulled from a lake in Proctor, North Carolina.

9: HOAX - 'Calls to 0809 Area Code from UK will be Charged at £1500 Per Minute'

Circulating message that includes the letterhead of the Greater Manchester Police warns users not to ever dial the area codes 0809, 0284 and 0876 from the UK because such calls will be charged at £1500 per-minute.

10: HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'

Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.

False Rumours Claim Joan Rivers Has Died
Rumours circulating via social media suggest that US actress and comedian Joan Rivers has died. The rumours are untrue. Joan Rivers has not died.

Published: August 29, 2014

Scam Callers Threaten Internet Disconnection
Callers claiming to be from the technical department of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Telstra warn that your Internet service is about to be disconnected because hackers have accessed your computer or it has been infected with viruses.

Published: August 29, 2014

Breaking Bad Season 6 Claim is a Hoax
The interwebs have been all abuzz in recent days with rumours that popular TV series 'Breaking Bad' is set to return with a totally unexpected Season 6.

Published: August 29, 2014

PHISHING - HSBC Bank 'Account Monitoring Process' Email
Email claiming to be from HSBC bank advises you that your account has been suspended via an account monitoring process designed to protect you from fraudsters.

Published: August 28, 2014

Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish
Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

Published: August 28, 2014

MALWARE - Order Number 'Thank You For Using Our Services' Email
Email claims to be a notification about recent transaction and includes an order number, price, and payment method. It advises you to open an attached file for details about the purchase.

Published: August 28, 2014

Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

Published: August 27, 2014

Urgent Prayer Request for Northern Iraq Claims to be From Open Doors
A circulating message, which purports to be from Christian support organization Open Doors, claims that there is a serious threat that all Christians in Northern Iraq may be beheaded within hours and calls for 'urgent prayer backing' to help those in danger.

Published: August 27, 2014

MALWARE - 'K&L Gates Debt Recovery Notification'
Debt recovery notification email purporting to be from K&L Gates claims that you have unpaid utility bills and must pay within three days or face court and possible eviction.

Published: August 27, 2014

FAKE- NEWS: 'George Zimmerman Arrested in Ferguson'
Circulating social media message claims that George Zimmerman, who shot and killed African American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been arrested in Ferguson after an altercation with two black teenagers.

Published: August 26, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - Free $1000 Gift Card From Kmart
A message circulating on Facebook says that you can claim a $1000 Kmart gift card for free by clicking a link.

Published: August 26, 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.

Matthew Christensen

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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