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Articles Published in 2008

This page lists a few of the most popular Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2008.

Bloody Mary Curse Chain Email

Chain email claims to be cursed once opened and warns that "Bloody Mary" will kill the recipient if the email is not quickly sent to others.

Published: 31st December 2008

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Mumbai Terrorist Attack Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that the sender was badly injured in the November 2008 Terrorist Attack in Mumbai, India, and needs the recipient's help to distribute several million dollars to charity.

Published: 30th December 2008

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Bogus Warning - Australian Pythons and Venomous Snakes Are Interbreeding

Story claims that Australian venomous snakes such as the Taipan are cross breeding with harmless Carpet Pythons to produce deadly hybrids.

Published: 30th December 2008

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Moving Rocks at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley

Photographs show rocks that move across the surface of Racetrack Playa, a dry lake bed in Death Valley, California leaving distinctive tracks behind them.

Published: 5th December 2008

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Pastor Removal from Television - Petition Number 2493

Protest email claims that atheists have filed a petition asking for the FCC to put an end to religious programs on radio and television.

Published: 3rd December 2008

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Two Faced Kitten

Email claims that an attached photograph shows a kitten with two faces born in Perth, Western Australia.

Published: 2nd December 2008

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Quick And Easy Survey Phishing Scam

Email claims that money will be credited to the recipient's account in return for filling out a "quick and easy" online survey.

Published: 1st December 2008

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Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

A mutated version of the hoax falsely claims that Evan is missing from Charters Towers, a town located in north Queensland, Australia.

Updated: 30th November 2007

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Let's Say Thanks Website - Send a Card to a Soldier

Message claims that members of the public can go to the "LetsSayThanks" website and choose a thank-you card that will be sent to US soldiers serving overseas.

Updated: 30th November 2008

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Flower And Wine Delivery Credit Card Scam Warning

Email warning describes an incident in which a scammer, posing as a courier delivering an unexpected gift of wine and roses, stole the gift recipient's credit card details with the use of a portable card scanning device.

Published: 29th November 2008

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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.

Updated: 21st November 2008

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Brown Recluse Spider Bite Warning

A new version of the warning message claims that the spider shown in the photograph is a "new known" spider that is spreading throughout eastern Australia and heading for Western Australia.

Updated: 19th November 2008

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Product Barcode Country Identification

Email claims that consumers can identify what country a product was manufactured in by analyzing the first 3 digits of the product's barcode.

Published: 18th November 2008

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SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam

Mobile phone SMS claims that the recipient has won a major prize in a rewards promotion and should call a specified number to find out further details.

Published: 14th November 2008

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House Removal Bridge Accident Photographs

Photographs show an accident in which a house, along with the large truck carrying it, became stuck across a river after a bridge collapsed, presumably due to the excess weight of the vehicle's load.

Published: 12th November 2008

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Obama Malware Emails

In the wake of the US Presidential election, inboxes around the world are being hit by malware emails supposedly providing news about Barack Obama's historic win.

Published: 10th November 2008

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Babysitting Overpayment Scam

Overpayment scammers use many ruses to fool their victims, even pretending to require babysitters.

Published: 7th November 2008

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> Denmark Whaling Shame Protest Email

Email claims that attached photographs depict a bloody whale slaughter near a shore in the Faroe Islands, a province that is part of Denmark.

Published: 6th November 2008

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One Wing Plane Landing - Best Air Race Pilot Ever Video

Video supposedly shows an air race pilot successfully landing his plane after one wing snapped off during a mid air manoeuvre.

Published: 5th November 2008

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Door To Hell Gas Fire Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs depict a gas filled crater that has been burning continually for more than 35 years.

Published: 5th November 2008

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Tammy Burned Dog Email Petition

Email petition describes a case in which a dog was deliberately and very badly burned by its owners. It asks recipients to "sign" and forward the message in the hope that the names can be used by the SPCA in the prosecution of those responsible.

Published: 4th November 2008

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Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning

Email forward written in Spanish warns that clicking links in messages about the death of Fidel Castro can download a virus. It also warns that opening an email attachment with the name 'El Autentico Pez Polla' can launch a virus that can destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.

Published: 31st October 2008

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Wendy's Discount Food Hoax

Message claims that fast-food chain Wendy's is offering heavily discounted food on 22nd October to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Published:21st October 2008

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Home in A Garbage Truck

Email forward claims that attached photographs depict a garbage truck converted into a mobile home.

Published: 20th October 2008

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Exxon Mobil International Award Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that the recipient has been chosen as the beneficiary of the "Exxon Mobil International Award" and is eligible to receive 3 million US dollars.

Published: 18th October 2008

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News From Japan - Update on Banking Crisis (Joke)

Email claims that several Japanese banks, including the "Origami Bank", the "Sumo Bank" and the "Bonsai Bank" are experiencing major difficulties due to the US sub-prime lending crisis.

Published: 17th October 2008

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Painted Feather Images

Circulating email contains a series of photographs depicting wonderfully detailed feather paintings.

Published: 15th October 2008

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Fraud Transactions Warning Malware Email

Email warns that the recipient's credit card has been involved in fraudulent transactions.

Published: 10th October 2008

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In-N-Out Burger Discounted Food Hoax

Email claims that US fast-food chain In-N-Out Burgers will offer heavily discounted food on 22nd October 2008 to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Published: 9th October 2008

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Senator Collins Oil Spill Interview - The Front Fell Off

Email forward claims that an attached video shows an actual news interview in which Australian Senator Collins discusses a major oil spill that occurred in 2007.

Published: 7th October 2008

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Burundanga Business Card Drug Warning

Email warning claims that criminals are attempting to incapacitate women in order to rob or rape them by handing them business cards laced with a powerful drug called Burundanga.

Published: 2nd October 2008

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ATM Card Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that the recipient has been awarded a large sum of money and will be sent an ATM card that will allow access to these funds.

Published: 1st October 2008

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Online Quiz to Help Bihar Flood Victims

Email claims that recipients can help victims of a devastating flood in Bihar India by participating in a short online quiz.

Published: 1st October 2008

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Internet Rumour - UNESCO Chooses Indian National Anthem as Best In The World

Message claims that UNESCO has announced that the Indian National Anthem is the best in the world.

Published: 25th September 2008

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American Airlines Loyalty Program Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient can receive $50 from American Airlines for taking a short online survey.

Published: 25th September 2008

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Chinese Milk Contamination - Recalled Products Warning Email

Email forward claims that a number of well known snack food products have been recalled in Singapore due to the possibility that they contain contaminated milk from China.

Published: 24th September 2008

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Human Parts Factory Hoax

Email claims that attached images show a "human parts processing factory" in Russia where human organs are harvested for transplants.

Published: 23rd September 2008

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Internet Access Suspended Malware Email

Email claims that the recipient's Internet access is going to be suspended because the 'Internet Service Provider Consorcium' has logged illegal activities from his or her computer.

Published: 17th September 2008

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Free Fuel Offer From Shell Hoax

Email claims that Shell Australia is offering motorists up to $150 worth of free fuel during September 2008 via a printable coupon.

Published: 16th September 2008

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Hyperinflation In Zimbabwe

Email forward illustrated with photographs describes out of control inflation in the African nation of Zimbabwe where everyday items can cost millions of dollars.

Published: 12th September 2008

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Virus Complaint Email Carries Malware

Threatening "complaint" email accuses the recipient of sending emails containing viruses and instructs him or her to open an attachment supposedly containing email log files.

Published: 11th September 2008

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Poverty Reduction And Eradication Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that the United Nations Organization Compensation Department has awarded the recipient the sum of 500,000 British Pounds as part of the "Poverty Reduction And Eradication" program.

Published: 8th September 2008

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Miley Cyrus Death Hoax

Online reports and rumours claim that teen singer and TV star Miley Cyrus was killed in a car accident.

Published: 8th September 2008

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Video of Lebanese Girl Crying Crystal Tears

Video supposedly shows a 12 year-old Lebanese girl producing sharp crystals from her eyes.

Published: 3rd September 2008

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Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax

Message warns that a free key holder being handed out at petrol stations contains a hidden device that is being used by criminals to track the movements of potential victims.

Published: 2nd September 2008

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Webmail Account Phishing Scam

Email claims that recipients must "confirm their account" by providing username and password details within three days or their webmail account will be closed.

Published: 27th August 2008

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Photographs of Lions Chewing Car Tyres

Set of photographs show lions biting at and finally destroying the tyre of a Land Rover while the passengers of the vehicle look on apprehensively.

Published: 26th August 2008

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Whipped Ocean - Beach Foam at Yamba New South Wales

Email claims that attached photographs show a shoreline at Yamba NSW that has been inundated with ocean foam

Published: 23rd August 2008

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Burned Cigars Insurance Claim Hoax

Message tell the story of a slick lawyer who successfully files an insurance claim for a box of expensive cigars because they were lost "in a series of small fires" as he smoked them.

Published: 19th August 2008

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Miracle in Egypt - Buried Children Saved By Jesus

Email forward tells the story of two Egyptian children who were buried alive by their murderous father but miraculously survived underground for fifteen days with the help of a "man wearing shiny white clothes, with bleeding wounds in his hands"

Published: 18th August 2008

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Katie Fitch Prayer Request Email

Email forward request prayers for three year old Katie Fitch who has been diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a very rare form of cancer.

Published: 15th August 2008

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Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email

Email that appears to be from Microsoft instructs the user to download the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 by clicking a link included in the message.

Published: 15th August 2008

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World's Largest Swimming Pool

Email claims that attached photographs show a gigantic swimming pool in Chile that has been classified as the world's largest by Guinness World Records.

Published: 14th August 2008

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Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs

Sequence of photographs supposedly show a large crane truck toppling off a pier as it tries to lift a submerged vehicle and then an even larger crane truck tipping into the water as it attempts to retrieve the first crane truck.

Published: 7th August 2008

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Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax

Email claims that attached photographs depict a huge living tree located in India in which figures of animals have miraculously grown naturally all over the tree's trunk without human influence.

Published: 6th August 2008

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Montauk 'Monster' Photograph

A circulating photograph of a strange looking creature apparently washed ashore at Montauk, Long Island New York has generated a great deal of Internet discussion and debate as to its origin.

Published: 5th August 2008

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Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax

Email claims that an attached image depicting Europe and Africa from space when the sun is setting is a photograph taken on the last mission of doomed space shuttle Columbia.

Published: 5th August 2008

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Dedicated Military Hospital For UK Petition

Email forward asks recipients to sign an online petition calling on the UK government to create a dedicated military and veterans hospital within the UK.

Published: 2nd August 2008

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Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall

Emailed PowerPoint presentation questions the mystery of a modern astronaut figure carved onto the wall of a centuries old cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.

Published: 1st August 2008

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Incredible Chinese Love Story

Message tells the story of a 70 year old Chinese man who lived with his wife in a mountain cave for fifty years and hand-carved more than 6000 stairs up the mountainside for her.

Published: 30th July 2008

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Rottnest Island Great White Shark Hoax

Email forward claims that attached photographs show a Great White Shark caught near Rottnest Island in Western Australia by the fishing vessel, 'Pirate'.

Published: 30th July 2008

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'Buy Airplane Ticket Online' Trojan Email

Email claims that the recipient has purchased an airline ticket online and should open an attached file to view an invoice and print out the ticket.

Published: 29th July 2008

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Google AdWords Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Google AdWords claims that the recipient's Google ads will be suspended unless payment information is updated.

Published: 29th July 2008

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Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office

Email forward claims that attached photographs show an innovative workplace enjoyed by Google employees.

Published: 29th July 2008

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Barack Obama in Afghanistan Protest Email

Email from a US soldier stationed in Afghanistan claims that Senator Barack Obama snubbed troops during a recent visit to the region.

Published: 28th July 2008

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German Truck Art

Email claims that attached images show seven trucks that have been cleverly painted to advertise particular products.

Published: 28th July 2008

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Robert Mugabe Mansion Photographs

Email forward claims that attached photographs of an opulently appointed mansion show the home of President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

Published: 25th July 2008

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Wells Fargo Online Bank Account Update Scam

Email claims that the recipient is required to update his or her Wells Fargo online bank account by clicking a link in the message.

Published: 22nd July 2008

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Not Able to Deliver UPS Package Malware Email

Email purporting to be from delivery company, UPS, claims that a package sent by the recipient could not be delivered. The message instructs the recipient to open an attachment to print out an invoice.

Published: 16th July 2008

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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.

Published: 15th July 2008

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Lottery Scam Payment Requests - Sky Express Couriers

Sequence of emails illustrates the procedure used by Internet fraudsters in a typical lottery scam.

Published: 14th July 2008

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Huge Banana Bunch Photograph

Email forward includes a photograph apparently showing a massive bunch of bananas hanging from a very tall banana tree.

Published: 14th July 2008

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Diamond Covered Mercedes Photographs

Email forward claims that attached photographs show a $4.8 million diamond covered Mercedes owned by Prince Waleed of Saudi Arabia.

Published: 14th July 2008

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Johan Lorbeer Gravity Defying Street Performance Photographs

Email that features photographs of a man apparently defying gravity by holding himself aloft with just one hand against a wall claims that the man is a German street performer named Johan Lorbeer

Published: 4th July 2008

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Nadezhda - Russian Dating Scammer

Unsolicited email claims that "Nadezhda", a "nice young girl from Russia", is interested in you and would like to hear from you with the view to establishing a possible relationship.

Published: 4th July 2008

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Fake $5 Off Target Coupons

Email forward claims that attached $5 off Target coupons can be printed and continually used until October 2008.

Published: 4th July

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Lightning Storm Meets Volcanic Eruption Photos

Email forward claims that attached photographs show a lightning storm meeting a large volcanic eruption in Chile.

Published: 4th July 2008

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Ball Girl Wall Climb Catch Video

"Viral" YouTube video supposedly shows a ball girl making an amazing catch by running up a wall during a baseball game between Fresno and Tacoma.

Published: 26th June 2008

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Loan Offer Scam Emails

Unsolicited emails promise easily procured, low interest loans to recipients.

Published: 25th June 2008

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Forward To View Funny Clip Email Hoax

"Friendship" chain email claims that the recipient will be able to view a funny video clip if he or she sends it to at least seven other people.

Published: 23rd June 2008

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Exploding Windmill Video

"Viral" video shows a giant wind turbine spinning out of control and finally disintegrating.

Published: 19th June 2008

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Photograph of Tornado Hitting Scout Camp Hoax

Email claims that an attached photographs shows the tornado the killed four boy scouts at an Iowa camp ground in June 2008.

Published: 18th June 2008

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Charlton Heston Gun Collection Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs show an extensive gun collection that belonged to the late actor, Charlton Heston

Published: 16th June 2008

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Live Ants In The Brain Hoax

Email warning claims that people have died after ants have entered their skulls by way of the ears and began eating their brains.

Published: 13th June 2008

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Making Popcorn With Cell Phones

Several YouTube videos apparently show corn being popped by the radiation from an array of cellphones.

Published: 12th June 2008

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Compressed Air Cars

Email claims that a car being developed in India runs on compressed air and can travel up to 125 miles for only 2 dollars.

Published: 11th June 2008

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Bill Gates High School Speech - 11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School

Email claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Published: 10th June 2008

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Yahoo Account Phishing Scam Email

Email claims that the recipient must supply account details within one week or his or her Yahoo account will be closed.

Published: 9th June 2008

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Chinese Hair Bands Made From Used Condoms

Email warns that cheap rubber hair bands from China may have been made from used condoms.

Published: 6th June 2008

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Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs show a new speed control tactic that consists of laying very realistic looking fake pothole stickers on the roadway.

Published: 6th June 2008

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Oil Rig Tornado Photo Hoax

Email claims that an attached photograph shows a large tornado and spectacular lightning strike alongside an oil rig in Texas.

Published: 4th June 2008

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Yahoo International Lottery Programme Scam

Email purporting to be from Jill Nash, Chief Communications Officer at Yahoo! claims that the recipient has won $500,000 in the 'Yahoo International Lottery programme'.

Published: 2nd June 2008

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Molly - Pony With A Prosthetic Leg

Email forward relates the story of the pony Molly, a Hurricane Katrina survivor who was fitted with a prosthetic leg after an injury from a dog attack lead to the amputation of her real leg.

Published: 30th May 2008

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Horror in Singapore - Raffles Place Ghost Video

Security CCTV footage supposedly shows the ghostly figure of an old lady emerging from behind two men in an office building elevator.

Published: 29th May 2008

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Jamie Bulger Email Petition

Seriously outdated email petition requests that recipients "sign" and send the message to others in an attempt to prevent the release of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the boys who murdered toddler Jamie Bulger in 1993.

Updated: 28th MAy 2008

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Research Project Money Mule Scam

Email, supposedly from a freelance scientific researcher, offers the recipient part time work processing cheques and money orders in return for a percentage of the processed fees.

Published: 26th May 2008

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Striped Iceberg Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs show several spectacular striped icebergs found in the Antarctic area.

Published: 23rd May 2008

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Parrot Flower Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs show a very rare plant with parrot shaped flowers that grows in Thailand

Published: 21st May 2008

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Airliner Ditching In Surf Video

"Viral" video apparently shows an airliner passing very low over a beach, circling around surrounding buildings and finally ditching in the ocean close to shore.

Published: 21st May 2008

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New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work

Email with a series of attached photographs depicting a modern building with high quality accommodation and sporting facilities claims that the photographs show a new prison in the UK

Published: 18th May 2008

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British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient will be disqualified from receiving winnings from a lottery if he or she does not submit the required transfer fees immediately.

Published: 16th May 2008

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"What Do People Fear Most?" - Magazine Survey Email Hoax

Email claims that a survey conducted by two magazines, one with predominantly white readership and the other with predominantly black readership, collected very different results for the question 'What Do People Fear Most?'

Published: 16th May 2008

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Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax

Protest email claims that refugees receive a substantially higher monthly payment from the Australian government than do Australian pensioners.

Published: 8th May 2008

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Nareepol Tree

Message claims that attached photographs show the "Nareepol Tree" in Thailand - an amazing tree that grows fruit in the shape of women.

Published: 1st May 2008

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Self Parking Garage

Email claims that attached photographs depict a new and very efficient type of "self parking garage" located in Munich, Germany

Published: 1st May 2008

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Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs

Email claims that a series of old photographs depicting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 were found in a Kodak Box Brownie camera stored in a foot locker.

Published: 29th April 2008

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Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax

Message warns that simply accepting an email from a sender called Simon Ashton (simon_25_@hotmail.co.uk) will allow him to hack your email account as well as the accounts of others on your email contact list.

Published: 25th April 2008

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Already Gone To Hospital Malware Email

Threatening email claims that the sender will find you and cripple you and states that another person involved has already gone to hospital.

Published: 24th April 2004

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Mini Lobster Contamination Warning

Message warns people not to eat "mini lobsters" because they feed on sewerage, are full of worms and poisonous metals and can cause lung infections in humans.

Published: 24th April 2008

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Elephant Painting Portrait Video

Video shows an elephant apparently painting a recognizable portrait of an elephant holding a flower.

Published: 22nd April 2008

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Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that qualified recipients can receive the 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund by clicking a link in the message and filling in an online form.

Published: 19th April 2008

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Protests Against Starving Dog Art Exhibition

Protest messages provide information about a Central American art exhibition by Guillermo "Habacuc" Vargas in which a dog was allegedly starved to death as part of the exhibit. The messages urge recipients to sign a petition to stop repeats of the exhibit.

Published: 17th April 2008

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Indian Two Faced Baby

Message claims that attached photographs show a baby girl born with two faces who is being worshiped by Indian villagers as a reincarnation of an Indian deity.

Published: 17th April 2008

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United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email

Email purporting to be a subpoena from the United States District Court informs recipients that they must appear and testify before a Grand Jury.

Published: 16th April 2008

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Seventeen Pound Russian Baby Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs show a 17 pound, 1 ounce (7.75 kg) baby born in Russia.

Published: 15th April 2008

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Snake Caught in Spider's Web Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs show a snake caught in the web of a venomous spider.

Published: 8th April 2008

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Person On The Bridge Hoax Email

Email that includes a photograph of a wooden foot bridge on a forest walking track claims that a person will appear on the bridge if the email is forwarded to at least five other people.

Published: 7th April 2008

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Visa Personal Password Phishing Scam

Unsolicited email, purporting to be from Visa, instructs recipients to secure their credit cards by clicking a link and creating a personal password.

Published: 3rd April 2008

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Mia Heyns Make-A-Wish Foundation Hoax

Message claims that, every time the message is sent on, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate money to help pay the medical bills of a seriously ill teenager named Mia Heyns.

Published: 2nd April 2008

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Siamese Pike Photograph

Email that includes a photograph of what appears to be a Siamese pike suggests that the freak fish is a result of chemicals in the water.

Published: 2nd April 2008

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Mail Server Report Life is Beautiful Virus Hoax

Warning message claims that an email with the title "Mail Server Report" contains a virus that will display a message saying "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful" before destroying everything on the infected computer.

Published: 1st April 2008

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Bump Car MS-13 Gang Initiation Warning

Rapidly circulating rumors warn that, as part of a gang initiation, gang members are deliberately bumping cars and then shooting the drivers when they get out.

Published: 29th MArch 2008

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Heineken Beer Company Promotion Scam

Email purporting to be from the Heineken Bottling Company claims that the recipient has been awarded a large cash prize in a company promotion.

Published: 26th March 2008

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Swimming in the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls

Circulating photographs show adults and children swimming in a rock pool at the very edge of a high waterfall.

Published: 24th March 2008

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Heathrow Boeing 777 Crash - RF Interference Rumour

Email forward suggests that an accident involving a Boeing 777 at London's Heathrow airport in January 2008 may have been caused by a RF transmitter signal emitted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown's motorcade.

Published: 19th March 2008

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Global Marine Drilling Iceberg Photo Hoax

Email claims that an attached image is a photograph of an iceberg taken by a Global Marine Drilling Rig Manager in Newfoundland.

Published: 18th March 2008

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Interpol Funds Recovery Scam

Email claims that an agent from international police organization, Interpol, is attempting to recover and return funds stolen from the recipient during previous scam attempts.

Published: 18th March 2008

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Redneck Mansion Photograph

Circulating photograph of an unusual structure made from a collection of stacked caravans (trailers) is falsely labelled as a "redneck mansion".

Published: 16th March 2008

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Chain Email

Email warns that bad luck will befall those who do not send an attached "miraculous and sacred" image to at least 20 people within 13 days.

Published: 14th March 2008

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F-15 Crash Sequence Images

Email forward contains a series of images that depict the mid air break up of a US Air Force F15 jet and the ejection of the pilot.

Published: 8th March 2008

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Point to Point Speed Camera Warning Email

Email warns that point to point speed camera systems have been installed on the M5 and M7 motorways in NSW, Australia.

Published: 8th March 2008

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Cancer Info From Johns Hopkins Hoax Email

Emailed collection of cancer related tips and information claims to originate from world-renowned medical research facility, Johns Hopkins.

Published: 3rd March 2008

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PayPal New Security Message Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from PayPal, claims that you have a new security message waiting and are required to click a link to login to your account and read the message

Published: 2nd March 2008

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359lb Louisiana Grouper

Email claims that attached photographs show a huge 359lb grouper caught by J.J. Tabor of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Published: 28th February 2008

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Postcard Image Virus Hoax

Warning message claims that an email with an attachment entitled "POSTCARD" will destroy the hard drive of the infected computer and has been classified as the most destructive virus ever.

Published: 26th February 2008

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Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman Make-A-Wish Foundation Hoax

Message claims that, every time the email is forwarded, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 Grosh to help pay the medical bills of a seriously ill young man named Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman.

Published: 25th February 2008

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Barack Obama Endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan Hoax

Emailed "News report" claims that the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama for the US presidency.

Published: 22nd February 2008

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Pay Up or I'll Kill You Scam Email

Email claims that a paid assassin will kill you unless you pay a fee to cancel the contract.

Published: 21st February 2008

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Christian the Lion Email

Email, with an attached photograph and video, tells the story of a lion that still remembered the two young men who raised it to maturity a year after it was released in an African wildlife sanctuary.

Published: 18th February 2008

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Bacteria on Restaurant Lemon Slices Warning

Message claims that a study found potentially harmful bacteria on lemons slices used in restaurants.

Published: 17th February 2008

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Telstra Free Directory Assistance Protest Email

Email claims that Australian telecommunications giant, Telstra, is replacing a previously free directory assistance number with a fee-based service and is deliberately hiding an alternative free number from consumers.

Published: 14th February 2008

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Cell Phone Gun Warning

Email warns that guns disguised as cell phones have been discovered and that the devices may pose a security threat at high risk locations such as airports.

Published: 11th February 2008

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Fake Microsoft Critical Update

Email claiming to be from Microsoft instructs recipients to click a link to install an "urgent" critical update for Windows computers.

Published: 8th February 2008

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Water Bottle Car Fire Warning

Message warns that a water bottle left inside a car on a sunny day could ignite the upholstery and start a fire.

Published: 7th February 2008

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Chinese Olympic Committee Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery promotion organized by the Chinese Olympic Committee for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Published: 6th February 2008

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Website Advertising Enquiry Scam

Email sent to website owners claims to be an enquiry about buying links on the targeted website.

Published: 5th February 2008

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Shark's Love for Man Hoax

Slideshow presentation claims that a friendly and thankful Great White Shark constantly follows a fisherman who once saves its life and the two have formed a "mutual affection".

Published: 30th January 2008

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K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax

Message claims that an attached photograph depicts Brutus, a military K9 that won the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving soldiers in Iraq

Published: 29th January 2008

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Scam Victims Reimbursements Programme Scam

Email purporting to be from the Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committee claims that the recipient has been listed as a victim of a 419 scam and is therefore eligible for a reimbursement of $150,000.

Published: 26th January 2008

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Donate to Autism Research by Watching a Video

Email claims that money will be donated to help Autism research every time a video about Autism is viewed on fundraising website, whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com.

Published: 26th January 2008

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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 2008

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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 2008

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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 2008

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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 2008

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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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