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Articles Published in 2007

This page lists a few of the most popular Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2007.

Oscar Mayer Does Not Support The War Hoax

Email claims that Oscar Mayer refused to donate hotdogs to US Marines stationed in Iraq because the company does not support the war.

Published: 23rd January 2007

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Kevin Carter Pulitzer Prize Photograph

Email with a disturbing image of a starving child being shadowed by a vulture claims that the photograph won a Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalist, Kevin Carter.

Published: 22nd January 2008

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Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor

Message claims that Starbucks refused to donate coffee to Marines stationed in Iraq because the company does not support the war.

Published: 21st January 2007

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Mobile Phone Tips – Things You Never Knew Your Mobile Phone Could Do

Message outlines four mobile phone tips that it claims can be useful in emergency situations.

Published: 17th January 2008

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Cell Phone Charging Danger Warning Email

Email forward warns that answering a cell phone while it is being charged can electrocute the user.

Updated: 15th January 2008

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Charging a Mobile Phone with Peepal Leaves

Message claims that it is possible to charge a mobile phone battery by touching the stems of peepal tree leaves to the terminals.

Published: 11th January 2008

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Storm Photographs

Message that includes a series of spectacular storm photographs claims that they depict the beginning of Hurricane Katrina.

Published: 10th January 2008

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An Overview of Phishing

Phishing continues to be one of the most significant security threats facing Internet users. During 2007, scammers distributed millions of phishing scam emails that targeted many different entities. Phishing attacks are sure to continue in 2008 and scammers will use such attacks to steal money and identities from many new victims around the world.

Published: 9th January 2007

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General Cosgrove Radio Interview Hoax

Message claims that Australia's General Peter Cosgrove made a remark about a female interviewer being "equipped to be a prostitute" during an interview on ABC radio

Published: 3rd January 2007

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Photobucket MySpace Comment Virus Warning

Message claims that a virus that circulates via MySpace comments can delete content in the user's PhotoBucket account and post nude images to his or her friends list.

Published: 3rd January 2008

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IRS Tax Refund Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from the IRS, claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and should click on an included link to access the refund.

Published: 30th December 2007

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Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax

Message claims that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.

Published: 19th December 2007

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Record Alberta Whitetail Deer Photographs

Email with photographs of a hunter posing with a very large deer, claims the animal was the biggest typical whitetail deer ever taken in Alberta.

Published: 17th December 2007

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Puppy Giveaway Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that a church worker based in Africa is looking for someone to adopt his English Bulldog and Yorkshire Terrier pups for free because he can no longer care for them properly.

Published: 14th December 2007

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Robber Eaten By 'Alligator' Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs depict body parts retrieved from the stomach of an alligator that killed a fleeing robber in Florida.

Published: 13th December 2007

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Marzipan Frosting Babies Hoax Email

Message claims that attached photographs show cake-frosting babies made from marzipan.

Published: 7th December 2007

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Visa & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam

Email forward warns that scammers are attempting to obtain CVV2/CVC2 security numbers by phoning credit card holders and posing as Security and Fraud Department staff from Visa or MasterCard.

Updated: 5th December 2007

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Sumatra Island Tsunami Wave Photograph Hoax

Email claims that an attached photograph shows a residential area in Sumatra about to be engulfed by a gigantic tsunami wave.

Published: 5th December 2007

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Ron Mueck Sculpture Photographs

Message with a series of photographs depicting amazingly lifelike sculptures claims that the sculptures were created by a London-based photo-realist artist named Ron Mueck

Published: 4th December 2007

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Giant Rabbit Photographs

Circulating photographs show an extremely large rabbit being held up by its owner.

Published: 3rd December 2007

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Progesterex - Sterility Date Rape Drug Hoax

Email claims that a sterilization pill called Progesterex is being mixed with the date rape drug Rohypnol to facilitate sexual assaults that leave the victim sterile.

Updated: 2nd December 2007

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Cave of Giant Crystals

Circulating photographs claim to depict a cave full of giant crystals discovered at the Naica Mine in Mexico.

Published: 29th November 2007

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Freemasons' Grant Scam Email

Email claims that The Freemason's Grand Charity has selected the recipient to be the beneficiary of a grant worth 1.5 million dollars.

Published: 28th November 2007

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Grateful Iraqi Sculptor Email

Email claims that a grateful Iraqi sculptor created statues as a way of thanking US soldiers for liberating Iraq.

Updated: 26th November 2007

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Travis Barker Death Hoax

Message claims that famous drummer Travis Barker was found dead in his garage in November 2007.

Published: 23rd November 2007

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Yahoo Awards Scam Email

Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a Yahoo Awards prize promotion.

Published: 22nd November 2007

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Pictures of Lightning Striking a Plane in Japan

Image and video loop show a large aircraft apparently being struck by lightning shortly after takeoff.

Published: 15th November 2007

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John Gebhardt Holding Injured Baby in Iraq

Email claims that an attached photograph shows soldier John Gebhardt holding a little Iraqi girl who was injured by insurgents.

Published: 14th November 2007

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Interesting Old Human Formation Pictures

Message contains several old human formation photographs that depict the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the American Eagle symbol, the US Shield and more. The images are created by thousands of US soldiers and sailors standing in formation.

Published: 14th November 2007

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Frozen Tidal Wave Photographs

Description accompanying a series of photographs of a spectacular ice formation claims that the images show a giant wave that froze instantly as the wave broke.

Published: 13th November 2007

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Merry Christmas Virus Hoax

Email claims that a message with an attachment named "Merry Christmas" contains a destructive virus that will "burn" the hard drive on the infected computer thereby destroying the Zero Sector

Published: 13th November 2007

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Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers

Message claims that people can send Christmas greetings to wounded soldiers by addressing cards to "A Recovering American soldier" care of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Published: 12th November 2007

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Anzhela - Russian Dating Scammer

Email claims that "Anzhela", a young woman living in Russia, is searching for a man in another country with the view to developing a long term and loving relationship.

Published: 9th November 2007

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Strawberry Quick Methamphetamine Warning

Emails warns that a form of strawberry colored and scented methamphetamine dubbed "Strawberry Quick" is being distributed

Updated: 8th November 2007

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Overseas Artist Job Offer Scam

Emails claim that an artist needs a part time employee to process foreign cheques and money orders and will pay the employee a percentage of all funds processed.

Published: 5th November 2007

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Email Petition Against the Closure of South African Child Protection Unit

Email petition claims that South Africa's Child Protection Unit is to be closed and urges recipients to "sign" a message protesting the closure before sending it to others.

Updated: 1st November 2007

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Federal Trade Commission Complaint Scam

Email purporting to be from the Federal Trade Commission claims that a complaint has been filed against the recipient.

Published: 31st October 2007

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World Record Size 'Piranha' Photographs

Email forward with photographs of a large fish with a mouth full of long, sharp teeth, claims that the fish is a world record sized piranha.

Published: 31st October 2007

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Dashboard Fuel Pump Icon "Secret"

Message claims that the side on which the handle is shown on the fuel tank icon on car dashboards always indicates which side the fuel tank filler is located.

Published: 30th October 2007

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Red Arrows Olympic Ban Petition

Message claims that organizers of the 2012 London Olympics have banned famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, from appearing at the event because they are "too British" and may offend other attending nations.

Published: 26th October 2007

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Train Through Bangkok Market Video

A widely distributed video that shows a train apparently running through the middle of a busy Bangkok market has generated a lot of online discussion and debate.

Published: 25th October 2007

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Flip Flops From China Skin Reaction Warning

Email with several photographs of a severe foot rash claims that the rash was caused by chemicals used in the manufacture of flip-flops made in China and sold at Wal-Mart.

Published: 24th October 2007

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Merrill Lynch Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Merrill Lynch claims that customers must urgently login to their accounts and provide five personalized security questions.

Published: 24th October 2007

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Outdated PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning

Hopelessly outdated and unnecessary email forward that warns about a premium rate phone scam continues to circulate even though the scam was shut down in 2005

Updated: 20th October 2007

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Microsoft Magic

Message outlines three seemingly strange procedures in Microsoft Windows operating systems and claims that not even Microsoft knows why these procedures work as they do

Published: 19th October 2007

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Thirty-Two AA Batteries From One 6-Volt Lantern Battery Video

Widely circulated video supposedly shows how to save money by extracting 32 AA batteries from one 6-volt lantern battery.

Published: 17th October 2007

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Bogus Legislative Brief - Pennsylvania Driver Cell Phone Use

Email, purporting to be a Legislative Brief, claims that drivers in the state of Pennsylvania will be prohibited from using handheld mobile telephones from November 10, 2007.

Published: 16th October 2007

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Email Request to Adopt Free Black Lab Puppies

Message claims that 6 black lab puppies rescued from a roadway are in desperate need of new homes.

Published: 10th October 2007

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Polar Bear Playing With Husky Photographs

Email forward features a series of photographs showing a wild polar bear playing with a husky sled dog.

Published: 8th October 2007

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Ministry Of Finance Non Residential Tax Lottery Scam

Message, ostensibly from the "Ministry Of Finance" in the UK, claims that the recipient must pay Non Residential Tax before receiving supposed winnings from an international lottery.

Published: 5th October 2007

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Yohana Ravelo Missing Teenager Hoax

Message claims that 17 year-old Yohana Ravelo is missing from her Coral Gables, Florida home.

Published: 2nd October 2007

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IceLift Free Human Hibernation Email Forward

Email claims that recipients who forward the message to at least five other people have a chance to have their body frozen free for 50 years by new human cryogenics company, IceLift.

Published: 1st October 2007

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Yahoo Account Deletion Hoax

Email claims that if the recipient does not send the message on to at least ten other people his or her Yahoo account will be deleted.

Published: 28th September 2007

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Strongest Dog In The World Photograph

Email with an attached photograph of a very muscular canine claims that the dog is the strongest in the world and works for the Russian Army.

Published: 27th September 2007

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Loan Offer Advance Fee Scams

Unsolicited emails from supposed loan agencies claim that the recipient can borrow money for any purpose at a low interest rate.

Published: 26th September 2007

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Men's Room Mural Photograph

Email with an attached photograph of a wall mural placed above urinals in a men's room claims that the mural was created by staff at an "all-women" design company for a New York office project.

Published: 24th September 2007

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Giant Rattlesnake Photograph

Email claims that a 9 foot, 1 inch rattlesnake that weighed 97 lbs. was caught in the American state of Missouri

Published: 24th September 2007

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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.

Published: 18th September 2007

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Citizens Bank Money Manager Account Update Phishing Scam

Email claims that Citizens Bank business or corporate customer must update their accounts by clicking a link and filling out an online form.

Published: 17th September 2007

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Help Nirosha Silva By Forwarding Hoax

Email claims that, every time the message is forwarded, AOL will donate money to help Nirosha Silva pay medical bills for her seriously injured husband.

Published: 12th September

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Snake Inside Computer Photographs

Email with attached photographs claims that a technician found a snake inside a computer after the user reported hearing hissing noises and a bad smell.

Published: 11th September 2007

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Square Watermelons In Japan

Email with attached photographs of square watermelons claims that Japanese farmers are growing the fruit in glass cases to save space on refrigerator shelves.

Published: 10th September 2007

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Dating Fraud Spam Emails

Unsolicited emails claim that the sender is a "nice girl" who is bored and would like to chat. The sender promises to send pictures to those who reply.

Published: 4th September 2007

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Shark Behind Scuba Divers Photo Hoax

Email claims that an attached image showing a large shark very close behind a scuba-diving couple is a real photograph taken during a family holiday in Australia.

Published: 31st August 2007

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Giant Alligator Gar Photographs

Email forward with attached photographs of a very large alligator gar claims that the fish was caught in Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma and weighed 327 lbs.

Published: 28th August 2007

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Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

Email forward claims that 15-year-old Evan Trembley, is missing and asks recipients to pass on the message in the hope that someone has seen him.

Published: 27th August 2007

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Most Beautiful Mummy Good Luck Chain Letter

Email chain letter with an attached photograph of a child mummy claims that those who send the message to twenty friends will receive good luck.

Published: 24th August 2007

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Dartanyan Edmonds Suicide Rumour

Message claims that US actor and comedian Dartanyan Edmonds has committed suicide at home in Los Angeles.

Published: 23rd August 2007

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Fake Membership Confirmation Emails

Links in emails supposedly confirming membership of a website or online service actually lead to a trojan.

Published: 22nd August 2007

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Bum_tnoo7 Hacker Warning Hoax

Message warns that the address bum_tnoo7@hotmail.com is a hacker and simply adding it to your contact list can result in your computer being hacked.

Published: 16th August 2007

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Internet Dating Advance Fee Scam

Would-be lover supposedly interested in pursuing an intimate relationship with an online contact, eventually asks him or her to help transfer a large sum of money from overseas.

Published: 16th August 2007

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Giant Skeleton Hoax

Update: Emails with attached images supposedly depicting the skeletal remains of gigantic humans claim that the skeletons were unearthed in the Arabian or Indian deserts.

Updated: 14th August 2007

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Virtual Card For You Virus Hoax

Update: A new version of this hoax email tacks on factual information about a genuine, but totally unrelated trojan threat.

Updated: 13th August 2007

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Cannot Create Windows Folder Named Con

Message claims that not even Microsoft and Bill Gates can explain why it is impossible to create a folder named "CON" on a Windows based computer.

Published: 10th August 2007

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Fake Eggs from China

Email claims that artificial eggs are made in China from a variety of ingredients, some of which may be harmful to humans, and then sold to consumers for considerably less than real eggs.

Published: 9th August 2007

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Wal-Mart Cell Phone Camera Check Scam Warning

Supposedly official internal memo to employees of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections warns about a widespread scam in Wal-Mart stores in which employees defraud customers by using a cell phone camera to create fake checks.

Published: 7th August 2007

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Email Beta Test Hoax

Message claims that the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trust are running an e-mail beta test and that participants will be paid just for forwarding emails.

Published: 3rd August 2007

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Michael Vick Virginia Beach SPCA Poster Hoax

Poster, claiming to be from the Virginia Beach SPCA, thanks Michael Vick, a US sportsman indicted on illegal dog fighting charges, for finding a home for 14 American Pit Bull Terriers rescued from Hurricane Katrina.

Published: 31st July 2007

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Intercepted Mobile Phone Delivery Scam Warning

Email describes a potential scam in which a fraudster intercepts and signs for a package containing a mobile phone just before it is delivered to the address on the postage label.

Published: 31st July 2007

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Pink Dolphin Near Cameron Ferry Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs show a pink dolphin that was spotted near the Cameron Ferry in the American state of Louisiana.

Published: 30th July 2007

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Camel Spiders in Iraq Hoax Email

In spite of thorough debunking over several years, mythical tales about supposedly dangerous camel spiders continue to circulate.

Updated: 26th July 2007

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Fuel From Salt Water

Series of videos and messages claim that an inventor in the US has found a way to burn salt water with a radio-wave generator and that the technique could become an alternative form of fuel.

Published: 24th July 2007

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Optical Mouse Cancer Warning Hoax

Email warns that radiation emitted by an optical computer mouse can cause cancer and damage hand tissue.

Published: 23rd July 2007

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Olive Garden Syphilis Hoax

Email claims that a girl developed Syphilis in her mouth after eating semen-contaminated food at an Olive Garden restaurant in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Published: 20th July 2007

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Skype Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's Skype account has been suspended and requests that he or she re-activate the account by logging on and agreeing to a new Terms statement.

Published: 17th July 2007

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Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History

The 2007 version of an outdated and highly inaccurate email that claims that Earth and Mars will have the closest approach in recorded history in August is currently circulating.

Updated: 13th July 2007

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Flooded Dubai Construction Site Photographs

Photographs show a construction site in Dubai being inundated by water from an adjacent marina.

Published: 12th July 2007

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Catholic Church Cash Grant Scam Email

Email claims that the Catholic Church in Italy has awarded the recipient a large cash grant to be used for "personal, educational, and business development".

Published: 12th July 2007

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Abnormal Activity From Your IP Alert Email

Email, purporting to be from the "Abuse Team", claims that abnormal activity has been detected from the recipient's IP address and recommends that a patch be installed.

Published: 10th July 2007

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Fake 4th Of July eCards Point to Trojan

Message claims to be a 4th July celebration eCard notification email from a colleague or friend.

Published: 5th July 2007

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Heroin Needles and Snakes in Ball Pits - HIV Needles on Gas-Pump Handles

Email warning claims that a child died after being injected with a heroin-filled hypodermic needle left in a McDonald's ball pit and that another child died in a Burger King ball pit after being bitten by venomous snakes. It also claims that HIV infected needles are being deliberately left under gas-pump handles.

Published: 5th July 2007

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Pasha Bulker Storm Waves Hoax Email

Email claims that attached photographs show the bulk carrier Pasha Bulker being inundated by giant waves shortly before it ran aground during a storm near Newcastle, Australia in June 2007.

Published: 3rd July 2007

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New California Traffic Laws Hoax Email

Email forward includes a list of new 2007 traffic laws for the American state of California.

Published: 1st July 2007

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Coke and Mentos Death Warning Email

A new version of a warning message claiming that a child died after consuming Diet Coke and Mentos is now circulating in the form of a PowerPoint slide show.

Updated: 28th June 2007

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Postcard From a Family Member Malware Email

Email purporting to be an eCard notification from a family member leads to a website that can download malware to the recipient's computer.

Published: 28th June 2007

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Shark Attacking Helicopter Photograph

Email that includes an image depicting a large shark jumping at a helicopter claims that the photograph was nominated by National Geographic as "The photo of the year".

Published: 27th June 2007

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Internet Dating Scams

Scammers regularly exploit people using Internet dating services or those seeking relationships online. Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.

Published: 25th June 2007

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Eagle Lifting Fox Photograph

Photograph shows an eagle lifting a fox from near a carcass partially buried in snow.

Published: 22nd June 2007

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Cooking an Egg with Mobile Phones

Message claims that an egg can be cooked by placing it between two active mobile (cell) phones.

Published: 20th June 2007

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Mexican Drug Money Photos

Series of photographs circulating via email and online show millions of dollars in cash seized during a drug raid in Mexico.

Published: 19th June 2007

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Plastics Cancer Link Email - Freezing Plastic Bottles - Plastics In the Microwave or Car

A new variant of this old hoax warning claims that drinking water from plastic water bottles that have been left in a hot car can cause breast cancer. The message also claims that singer Sheryl Crow contracted cancer in this way.

Updated: 19th June 2007

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Praying Mother and Son Rock Formation

Email message claims an attached image depicts a rock formation in Birmania that resembles a mother and son praying by a lake.

Updated: 15th June 2007

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Iraq Soldier Advance-Fee Scam

Email, supposedly from Sgt. Chuck White Fitte, claims that the recipient's help is needed to move millions of dollars in cash out of Iraq.

Published: 14th June 2007

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Update to "Mail Server Report" Article: Email Warning Now Circulating

An "urgent" and somewhat redundant, warning message about "Mail Server Report" worm emails is circulating widely

Updated: 14th June 2007

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Paris Hilton Stabbed in Jail Hoax

Reports claims that jailed heiress Paris Hilton was stabbed multiple times by another prisoner.

Published: 13th June 2007

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Influx of German Stock Spam

"Large numbers of spam messages in German are currently hitting inboxes. The messages appear to be typical "Pump and Dump" scams that are aimed at the German stock markets rather than those in the United States or elsewhere.

Published: 8th June 2007

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FBI Fraud Alert Lottery Scam

Email purporting to be from the FBI claims that a previous Microsoft lottery notification sent to the recipient has been checked and found to be genuine.

Published: 7th June 2007

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Marks & Spencer Voucher Giveaway Hoax

Message claims that Marks & Spencer and Persimmon Homes are giving away vouchers worth up to £500 for those who forward the email to others.

Published: 5th June 2007

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FDA Advisory: Avoid Toothpaste From China

Emails and online articles claim that the FDA has warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a dangerous chemical called DEG.

Published: 4th June 2007

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IRS Criminal Probe Scam Emails

In late May 2007, scam emails purporting to be from America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began hitting inboxes. The emails are designed to fool recipients into installing a trojan onto their computers.

Published: 2nd June 2007

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Disprin Dangerous for Children Warning Email

Email forward warns that Disprin should never be given to children who have bronchitis or phlegm on the lungs and cites the case of a child who became critically ill after taking the medication.

Published: 31st May 2007

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Hand Sanitizer Alert Email

Email forward claims that a four-year-old child became dangerously drunk and required hospitalization after licking Hand Sanitizer from her hands.

Published: 29th May 2007

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Microsoft World Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won $1,000,000 dollars in an international lottery run by the Microsoft Corporation.

Published:28th May 20007

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Use Email Auto-Replies With Caution

Security tip: Email auto-replies can be useful, but there are potential security risks and auto-reply systems should be configured with caution.

Published: 24th May 2007

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Steve Irwin Nigerian Scam

Email claims that Terri Irwin, the wife of fallen wildlife warrior Steve Irwin, needs the recipient's help to distribute a large sum of money to charity.

Published: 23rd May 2007

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Snake Pulling "Cow" Photograph

Email claims that an attached photograph shows a large snake dragging the body of a cow out of a gorge waterhole.

Published: 22nd May 2007

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Painted Bathroom Floor Photograph

Email claims an attached photograph shows a bathroom with the floor painted so that it appears to be open to the sky

Published: 20th May 2007

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Dell Online Store Trojan Email

Email claims to confirm a Dell Online Store credit card order for a digital camera worth $865 AUD

Published: 18th May 2007

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PayPal Billing Information Update Scam

Email claims that the recipient's PayPal account will be suspended if billing information is not updated

Published: 17th May 2007

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Help Find Madeleine McCann Email

Email forward asks recipients to help find three year old Madeleine McCann by passing on her photograph and information about her abduction.

Published: 12th May 2007

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Mercury Warning

News reports claim that if a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) is broken, it can release dangerous levels of mercury into the house and a professional environmental cleanup crew is required to handle the problem.

Published: 10th May 2007

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Mercedes-Benz Prize Scam Email

Email claims that the recipient has won a brand new Mercedes-Benz as well as a cash prize of £500,000.00.

Published: 7th May 2007

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Surita Diputs Naidoo Charity Hoax

Message claims that a young hit-and-run victim in South Africa will receive money to help cover medical expenses every time the email is forwarded.

Published: 4th May 2007

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Tommy Hilfiger Racist Comments to Oprah Winfrey Hoax

Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is set to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show for the very first time to set the record straight about long-running malicious rumours of racism.

Updated: 2nd May 2007

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Japanese Sheep for Poodles Hoax

A bogus story about a sheep for poodle substitution scam in Japan has effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of many Western news outlets.

Published: 1st April 2007

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Photos of Houses in Weird Places

Series of circulating images supposedly show houses built in strange locations.

Published: 30th April 2007

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Derbyshire Fairy Hoax

Message claims that photographs show the remains of a fairy found in Derbyshire, England

Published: 27th April 2007

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Free Flights For STD Sufferers Hoax

Message claims that people with a sexually transmitted disease can fly free with Southwest Airlines to anywhere in the world .

Published: 25th April 2007

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Swan River Cougar Photographs Email

Email with attached photographs of a cougar on a patio deck claims the photographs were taken in Swan River, Manitoba.

Published: 24th April 2007

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Deadly Mobile Phone Virus Hoax

Warning email claims that receiving a mobile phone call from certain numbers will cause brain hemorrhaging and death

Published: 2oth April 2007

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Hackers Exploit Virginia Tech Tragedy

Internet bottom-feeders began to capitalize on the Virginia Tech tragedy soon after the event.

Published: 20th April 2007

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Yolanda Bear Prayer Request

Email requests prayers for Yolanda Bear and her family. The message claims that family lost two daughters to the Virginia Tech massacre, one in the shooting itself and another in a drive-way accident as they were leaving their home for Virginia after the shooting

Published: 20th April 2007

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Holocaust Ban in UK Schools Chain Email

Email "memorial chain" claims that the UK has removed topics about the Holocaust from its school curriculum

Published: 19th April 2007

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Mr Common Sense Virus Hoax Email

Message claims that a dangerous computer virus is being distributed via an email with the subject line "Obituary of the late Mr Common Sense"

Published: 18th April 2007

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Microsoft Email Beta Test Hoax Continues

Revamped version of the Microsoft email beta test hoax includes "testimonies" and a bank account screenshot of supposed money received. The message claims that Microsoft will send money to anybody who forwards it to others.

Published: 17th April 2007

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Brian David Make A Wish Hoax Email

Email forward claims that every time the message is sent to others, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate money to help a sick youngster called Brian David.

Published: 16th April 2007

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Customer Support Center Robot Worm Email

Email, which masquerades as an automated ISP message, claims the recipient must install an attached security patch to stop a worm from spreading

Published: 14th April 2007

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Huge Dog With Horse Photograph

Circulating image depicts a huge dog and a horse being lead through a park.

Published: 11th April 2007

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Iran Missile Strike Worm Emails

Inboxes are being hit by malicious emails with subject lines claiming there has been a missile strike launched against Iran or that war has been declared involving Iran, Israel or the USA.

Published: 10th April 2007

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Lottery Scam Variation - Bogus Cheque to Cover Expenses

Email claims that the recipient will be sent a small portion of the money they have supposedly won in a lottery in the form of a cheque. The recipient is instructed to bank the cheque and then wire a specified amount to a "tax agent" ostensibly to cover taxation on the winnings.

Published: 29th March 2007

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Breast Cancer Donations from M&M's

During August and October 2007, a portion of the profit from special bags of M&M's will once again be donated to breast cancer research by Masterfoods USA.

Updated: 29th March 2007

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Giant Snake in Electric Fence Photographs

Email with photographs of a very large snake caught in an electric fence claims that the snake had been killing sheep on an Australian farm.

Published: 26th March 2007

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Sinbad Heart Attack Hoax

Message claims that US actor and comedian, Sinbad, died of a heart attack on March 14th

Published: 16th March 2007

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Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax (Update)

A new version of this virus hoax email falsely claims that the information in the message has been verified by Hoax-Slayer.com and Snopes.com

Updated: 16th March 2007

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Help Alicia Bosh Email

Message claims that, if you forward the email to others, 10 cents will be donated to help pay medical expenses for a sick baby named Alicia Bosh.

Published: 16th March 2007

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New US Presidential Coins Omit "In God We Trust"?

Protest message claims that "In God We Trust" was intentionally omitted from the new 2007 United States Presidential $1 Coins

Published: 13th March 2007

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Eight Outboard Drug Runner Boat Photograph

Email claims an attached photograph of a very fast boat with eight outboard motors was used for regular drug smuggling operations across the English Channel.

Published: 12th March 2007

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Ericsson Lap-Top Computer Giveaway Hoax

Message claims that Ericsson will give away a free laptop computer to those who send the message to 8 or more people.

Published: 8th March 2007

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Verified By Visa Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from Visa asks recipients to click a link and provide account information in order to activate the "Verified by Visa" security program.

Published: 7th March 2007

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Flat Tire Mall Abduction Warning

Email forward claims that an apparent good Samaritan who changed a flat tire for a woman in a shopping mall car park was actually a deranged killer intent on abduction.

Published: 7th March 2007

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Frozen Niagara Falls Photographs

Series of photographs circulating via email are claimed to depict Niagara Falls frozen over in the year 1911.

Published: 28th February 2007

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Lock Bumping - Bump Key Security Threat

Discusses lock bumping, a procedure that allows criminals to open locks by inserting a specially modified key and tapping its end with a mallet or other tool.

Published: 28th February 2007

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Australian Prime Minister Heart Attack Trojan Email

Fake "news report" email claims that the Australian Prime Minister has been hospitalized after a serious heart attack

Published: 26th February 2007

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Meagan Bazell Alert Email

Email forward claims that Megan Bazell (Lamb) disappeared from her Vernon, British Columbia home.

Published: 23rd February 2007

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Townsville Flood Photograph Hoax

Circulating image supposedly depicts severe flooding on The Strand, a seaside street in the northern Australian city of Townsville.

Published: 16th February 2007

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HM Revenue & Customs Tax Refund Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK tax agency, HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient can submit a tax refund request by clicking a link in the message

Published: 13th February 2007

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Catfish With Basketball Photographs

Email claims that photographs of a large catfish with a basketball stuck in its mouth were taken at Lake Macquarie in NSW, Australia.

Published: 12th February 2007

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Manchester Injection Incident Warning Email

Email claims that a Manchester (UK) woman was injected in the arm with a debilitating substance by another woman who asked her for money

Published: 9th February 2007

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Smell the Candle Robbery Warning

Email forward claims that would-be robbers are trying to gain access to victim's houses by tricking them into smelling a candle that contains a substance that will render them unconscious.

Published: 6th February 2007

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An Elephant or The Moon - Dumbest Quiz Show Contestant Hoax

Circulating "news" article claims that a recent contestant on the quiz show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" was so dumb that she thought that an elephant was bigger than the moon.

Published: 5th February 2007

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Help Indian Student Accident Victim Hoax

Email claims that the Indian Students Association will donate 10 cents to help an Indian student hurt in a car accident every time the message is forwarded

Published: 1st February 2007

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Mat Company's Rude Response to US Soldier in Iraq

Email forward claims that a discount mat company responded to a soldier's email about its products by rudely suggesting that the soldier and his troops should pull out of Iraq

Published: 1st February 2007

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Culvert Car Flip - Miraculous Escape Photos

Photos depict a vehicle that has apparently hit a bridge guardrail and then flipped completely over a very deep culvert to land in relative safety on the other side.

Published: 24th January 2007

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Storm Worm Hitting Inboxs Worldwide

A trojan dubbed Storm Worm has been spreading rapidly and infecting computers around the globe.

Published: 23rd January 2007

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Amazing Tree Photos - Fantastic Tree Trunk Shapes

Email forward includes several photographs depicting trees that have grown into very unusual shapes and patterns

Published: 22nd January 2007

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Hitman Payoff Scam Email

Email claims that the sender has been paid to terminate you but he will cancel the contract if you pay him a large sum of money.

Published: 18th January 2007

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Shark Following Kayaker Photo

A photograph that circulates via email depicts a very large shark following closely behind a kayaker.

Published: 18th January 2007

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Woolworths Supermarket Drought Relief Pledge Email

Email claims that Australian retailer, Woolworths, will donate supermarket profits to drought relief on 23rd January 2007.

Published: 17th January 2007

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Grand Canyon Leap

Photographs currently circulating via email show a photographer leaping from one towering Grand Canyon rock formation to another

Published: 17th January 2007

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Beck's Beer Promotion Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros in a beer promotion from German brewer, Beck's.

Published: 16th January 2007

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Léman Lake Switzerland Ice Storm Photographs

Series of photographs show ice encrusted roadways, trees and vehicles beside a lake in Switzerland.

Published: 11th January 2007

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Department of Finance Phishing Scam

Scam email purporting to be from Canada's Department of Finance claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund.

Published: 11th January 2007

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Mike Conalley - M.O.B Screen Name Warning Hoax

Email claiming to be from the State Police warns that a person called Mike Conalley who uses the screen name "M.O.B" is murdering women he has contacted over the Internet.

Published: 2nd January 2007

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