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Articles Published in 2009

This page lists a few of the most popular Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2009.

Baby Girl Heart Transplant Message Forwarding Hoax

Message claims that a seriously ill baby girl will receive a donation from the phone company to help pay for a heart transplant every time the message is forwarded.

Published: 29th December 2009

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UK National Welfare Christmas Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won the UK National Welfare Christmas Lottery and should contact a specified agent in order to claim a large cash prize.

Published: 27th December 2009

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Black in the White House Virus Hoax

Message warns that an email attachment named "Black in the White House" contains a damaging computer virus that can destroy the hard drive of the infected computer.

Published: 22nd December 2009

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New US Dollar Notes Preview Hoax

Email claims that a series of attached images depict new US dollar notes, including a $200 bill, that are to be released by the US government in 2010.

Published: 10th December 2009

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Christopher or Jessica Davies Hacker Hoax Warning

Message warns recipients not to accept a friend request from Christopher Davies or Jessica Davies because they are hackers who can gain access to your computer and the computers of your friends as well.

Published: 8th December 2009

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False Story Claims 450 Gaza Grooms Wed Girls Under Ten in Mass Muslim Marriage

Protest message, supposedly supported by photographs of child brides, claims that 450 girls under ten were forced to marry adult men in a mass Muslim marriage recently held in Gaza.

Published: 5th December 2009

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Bungee Jumper Loses Head To Crocodile Video

Circulating video supposedly shows a bungee jumper having his head bitten off by a crocodile as he reaches the water.

Published: 4th December 2009

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Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Hotmail Customer Care claims that the recipient must confirm his or her Hotmail account by replying with account login details within 48 hours or risk having the account closed down.

Published: 3rd December 2009

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Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning

Message warns drivers that roadside criminals are throwing eggs at the windshields of passing cars in the hope that the drivers will be forced to pull over due to obscured vision and therefore become vulnerable to robbery.

Published: 2nd December 2009

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Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam

Email claims that the user's email account has exceeded its storage limit and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password in order to increase the mailbox size and restore full functionality.

Published: 29th November 2009

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Amazing Device From Google Hoax

Message claims that attached images show an amazing new mobile computing device developed by Google that combines a touch screen, a camera, a scanner, WiFi, and Google Maps to give unprecedented access to information while on the move.

Published: 28th November 2009

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Scam Rumours About The Westfield Gift Card Competition on Facebook

Circulating warnings suggest that a 2009 Westfield Shopping Australia Christmas gift card competition currently running on Facebook is a scam and contains trojans or viruses.

Published: 27th November 2009

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Prayer Request For Christopher Beets

Email forward asks recipients to pray for 8 year old South African boy, Christopher Beets, who was seriously ill with cancer.

Published: 27th November 2009

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Errors in Social Security Statement Trojan Email

Email purporting to be from Social Security Administration claims that the recipient's Social Security statement may contain errors and urges him or her to click a link to review the statement.

Published: 26th November 2009

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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.

Updated: 25th November 2009

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Christmas Cards For Noah Biorkman

Message requests Christmas cards for 5 year Noah Biorkman who is battling Neuroblastoma cancer.

Updated: 24th November 2009

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Fake Happy Burger Day Red Robin Coupon

Message circulating via email and the Internet claims that recipients can print out an attached coupon to receive a free burger from gourmet burger chain, Red Robin.

Published: 23rd November 2009

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Mexican Largest Flower in the World Photo - Blooms Once Every Forty Years

Email claims that an attached photograph shows a flower in Mexico that is the largest in the world and only blooms once every forty years for four days.

Published: 22nd November 2009

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MSN 18 Contacts Hoax

Message warns that users will have to pay for MSN and email accounts unless they send the warning to at least 18 contacts.

Updated: 22nd November 2009

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ANZ Invalid Login Attempts Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's ANZ Customer Registration Number and password have been revoked due to "severe numbers" of login attempts.

Published: 20th November 2009

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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: 20th November 2009

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Striped Iceberg Photographs

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

Updated: 20th November 2009

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Most Colourful River In The World Photographs

Email forward claims that a series of attached photographs show a very colourful and spectacular display created by many varieties of algae and moss growing on an isolated river at a certain time of year.

Published: 19th November 2009

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Mailbox Deactivated Trojan Email

Email purporting to be from technical support claims that the recipient's mailbox has been deactivated and he or she must run an attached utility in order to restore email service.

Published: 18th November 2009

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The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients

Protest message claims that US President Obama has established a program in which welfare recipients are eligible to receive a free cell phone and a free monthly phone allowance.

Published: 18th November 2009

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God Spilled the Paint Photograph

A beautiful photograph of desert wildflowers is circulating via email and online.

Updated: 16th November 2009

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Fire Rainbow Photograph

Email claims that an attached photograph depicts a very rare atmospheric phenomenon called a "fire rainbow".

Updated: 16th November 2009

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Hyundai Chairman Charity Donation Scam

Email claims that the recipient has been awarded 2 million dollars as part of a donation pledge given by Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo as a condition of his conviction for embezzlement.

Published: 11th November 2009

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Stopped The Train - Burning Train Bridge at Sharon Springs

Message claims that attached photographs show coal train cars and a wooden train bridge burning after the train was stopped on the bridge due to a melted wheel bearing.

Published: 7th November 2009

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Floating Volcanic Stones and New Island in the South Pacific

Emailed photographs claim to depict large areas of volcanic stones floating on the ocean as well as the birth of a new volcanic island

Updated: 6th November 2009

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The Uno - Ben Gulak's Innovative Electric Motorbike

Email forward describes the Uno, an innovative electric motorcycle invented by Canadian Ben Gulak that moves on two wheels positioned side by side and is controlled by body movement.

Published: 4th November 2009

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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.

Updated: 4th November 2009

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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.

Updated: 4th November 2009

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Sachin Tendulkar And The Shell Shaped House

Email claims that an unusual and beautiful shell-shaped house depicted in a series of attached photographs is the home of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and is located in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, India.

Published: 3rd November 2009

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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.

Updated: 2nd November 2009

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First Communion on the Moon

Message claims that Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin took communion on the Moon using a special communion kit given to him by his church.

Published: 30th October 2009

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Incredible Music Machine Prank - University of Iowa

Email forward claims that an attached video shows an incredible music machine made from farm equipment at the University of Iowa.

Updated: 29th October 2009

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Error in Shipping Address Trojan Email

Email, purporting to be from a parcel delivery service claims that a package could not be delivered due to a shipping address error and instructs the recipient to open an attachment to print out a shipping label.

Published: 29th October 2009

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Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Trojan Email

Email, purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the user's Facebook password has been changed and informs him or her that the new password can be found in an attached document.

Published: 28th October 2009

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Paypal Primary Email Address Change Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from PayPal, claims that the recipient's primary email address has changed and urges him or her to click a link in the message if the address change was unauthorised.

Published: 27th October 2009

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Nicotine in Tim Hortons Coffee Hoax

Message claims that Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Hortons, adds nicotine to its coffee and that patrons have suffered serious health problems as a result.

Updated: 26th October 2009

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Cadbury Products - Halal Certification Authority Logo Protest Email

Protest message calls on Australian consumers to avoid buying products that include the Halal Certification Authority Logo because the fees food companies pay for the use of the logo go to a religion that is "actively trying to destroy the Australian way of life" and possibly even supporting terrorism.

Published: 23rd October 2009

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AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax

Virus protection "tip" claims that you can counter email worms simply by placing a phony email address such "AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA" as as the first entry in your address book.

Updated: 22nd October 2009

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Australian Flag Lapel Pin Story - Response to Muslim Woman's Checkout Criticism

Protest email tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a supermarket checkout line was firmly put in her place after she made critical remarks about the cashier's Australian flag lapel pin and Australia's involvement in the Iraq war.

Published: 21st October 2009

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Good Old Macca's - McDonald's Australia "Leave Out Items" Memo Hoax

Email forward supposedly contains a copy of a confidential inter-office memo in which a McDonald's manager advises staff to deliberately leave out products from customer orders as a means of increasing profits.

Published: 8th October 2009

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Nine Zero Hash Phone Scam Hoax

Email claims that a scammer can take control of you phone if you key in 90#.

Updated: 21st October 2009

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USS New York Built With World Trade Center Steel

Message claims that steel left from the World Trade Center is being used in the construction of new navy assault ship, USS New York.

Updated: 20th October 2009

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Obama Muslim Stamp - USPS Muslim Holiday Stamp Release Protest Message

Email claims that US President Obama has directed the US Postal Service to release a new stamp that honours the Muslim EID holiday season.

Published: 20th October 2009

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Image of the North Pole With the Moon at its Closest Point

Image of the North Pole With the Moon at its Closest Point.

Updated: 2nd October 2009

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Request for New Home for Labradors Cookie and Coco

Email asks for help finding a new home for Cookie and Coco, two Labradors whose owners are moving and cannot take the dogs.

Published: 2nd October 2009

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Spider Under Florida Toilet Seat Hoax

Email claims that people have died after being bitten by a spider hiding under a restaurant toilet seat in Florida .

Updated: 1st October 2009

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Microsoft, Yahoo, Google Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery draw organized by Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.

Published: 28th September 2009

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The Faded Gingham Dress - Stanford University Origin Legend

Message tells the story of a seemingly backwoods couple in threadbare clothes who, after being rudely rebuffed by the President of Harvard University when they offered to donate a building in honour of their dead son, subsequently established Stanford University at Palo Alto, California.

Published: 24th September 2009

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Budweiser Frogs Virus Hoax

Email claims that a screensaver featuring the Budweiser Frogs contains a dangerous computer virus.

Updated: 23rd September 2009

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Invisible Man Photographs - Man Painted to Blend into Background

Message claims that attached photographs depict a man who paints himself in such a way that he appears to blend into the background to such an extent that he is almost invisible.

Published: 22nd September 2009

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Hotmail Account Hoax

Ten year old Hotmail account closure hoax continues to circulate.

Updated: 22nd September 2009

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Btinternet Email Account Phishing Scam

Email targeting BT Yahoo (Btinternet) users claims that the recipient's account will be suspended if he or she does not reply with account login details within 72 hours.

Published: 18th September 2009

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BT Unpaid Bill Phone Scam Warning

Email warns that scammers posing as UK telecommunications company BT staff are tricking people into revealing their bank or credit card details by claiming that their phone service will be disconnected if they do not pay an overdue bill immediately.

Published: 18th September 2009

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Crop Art - Rice Fields of Japan

Message claims that attached photographs depict giant works of art created by growing different coloured rice plants in Japanese rice fields.

Published: 18th September 2009

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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.

Updated: 10th September 2009

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Unreported Income Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service claims that a possible fraud attempt involving unreported income has been discovered by the tax agency and urges the recipient to click a link to review his or her tax statement.

Published: 10th September 2009

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Sam Bish Prayer Request Email

Email calls for prayers to help speed the recovery of 8 year old Sam Bish, who has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.

Published: 3rd September 2009

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Google Promotion Award Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a "Promotion Award" operated by search engine giant, Google.

Published: 29th August 2009

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L.P.C. Electronics Sony Vaio Laptop Giveaway Hoax

Message claims that L.P.C. Electronics is giving away Sony Vaio Laptop to recipients who forward the email to twenty other people.

Published: 21st August 2009

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Nancy Pelosi and The Three Trips of Captain Cook

Message claims that Nancy Pelosi, current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, answered a psychiatrist's test question in a way that revealed a decided lack of intelligence.

Published: 20th August 2009

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Big Slip - Giant Water Slide Jump Video

Viral video supposedly shows a man sliding down a giant water slide at great speed before flying off a ramp at the end of the slide to land in a small round wading pool.

Published: 14th August 2009

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Tow Bikes - Converted Motorbikes That Can Tow Vehicles

Circulating photographs show a specialized motorbike that has a towing attachment that can be used to easily retrieve broken down vehicles in heavy traffic situations.

Published: 14th August 2009

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Bell Canada Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be from Bell Canada claims that, due to a problem with a recent bill payment, the customer is required to click a link and update billing information via an online form.

Published: 7th August 2009

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Free Luminous Inverters for Forwarding Email Hoax

Message claims that those who forward an email to a specified number of people will receive a free power inverter from Indian based power technologies company Luminous.

Published: 1st August 2009

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Alarmist and Inaccurate Swine Flu Warning

Swine flu warning email claims that the virus is already wiping out entire villages in Asia and is set to kill 6 out of ten people when a mutated version reaches the United States. The message claims that the information has been confirmed by the CDC and Johns Hopkins.

Published: 31st July 2009

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Canada Revenue Agency Tax Refund Phishing Scam

Email, purportedly from the Canada Revenue Agency, claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund by filling in an online form.

Published: 30th July 2009

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Overdue Payments Advance Fee Scam

Message claims that the recipient is owed payments of $5.5 million dollars and he or she should contact a specified "representation officer" to arrange transfer of the funds.

Published: 30th July 2009

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Old Airplane Converted To Home Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs show an old aircraft that has been converted into a luxuriously appointed private home.

Published: 26th July 2009

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Bristol Zoo Car Park Attendant Hoax

Message claims that a man posing as a car park attendant at Bristol Zoo collected unauthorised parking fees from zoo visitors for 25 years before absconding to Spain to live in luxury on the proceeds of his illegal activities.

Published: 17th July 2009

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Woolworths Two Hundred And Fifty Rand Cookie Recipe Hoax

Message claims that after Woolworths (South Africa) effectively tricked a customer into paying the "outrageous" price of 250 rand for a cookie recipe, the customer began circulating free copies of the recipe via email as a means of protesting the company's tactics.

Published: 15th July 2009

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Michael Jackson Died Years Ago Hoax

Email claims that Michael Jackson actually died many years ago and that the star's decayed body has recently been discovered buried at the Neverland Ranch. It suggests that an "other worldly" impostor has been playing the role of Michael Jackson for a number of years.

Updated: 14th June 2009

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ATM Security Advise Message : Enter PIN In Reverse to Call Police

Message claims that if you are forced by robbers to withdraw money from an ATM, you can secretly alert police by entering your PIN in reverse.

Updated: 22nd June 2009

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Friend Stranded in Foreign Country Scam Emails

Email supposedly from a person known to you claims that he or she is stranded without money or papers in a foreign land because of a robbery and asks that you send funds urgently via a wire transfer to help the person return home.

Published: 18th June 2009

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St.George Bank Phishing Scam Emails

Emails, purporting to be from Australia's St. George Bank, claim that the recipient needs to click a link to logon to his or account in order to update information, retrieve messages, or rectify specified problems with the account.

Published: 17th June 2009

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Missouri Teacher's Letter To Obama

Email claims that a letter to US President Obama that strongly criticizes his recent conduct was written by Kathleen Lyday, a school teacher from Missouri.

Published: 16th June 2009

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B737 Mid Air Collision Photos Hoax

Update - In June 2009, versions of this hoax email began circulating that implied an association between the photographs and the crash of an Air France Airbus in the Atlantic on May 31st 2009.

Updated: 11th June 2009

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F-35 Fighter Jet Vertical Take-Off Flip Video

Message claims that an attached video shows an F-35 Fighter Jet flipping upside down during a vertical takeoff mishap and then taking off safely after the highly skilled Navy pilot regained control of the aircraft.

Published: 10th June 2009

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Commonwealth Bank Phishing Scam Emails

Emails, purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank, claim that the recipient needs to click a link to logon to his or account in order to update information or rectify specified problems with the account.

Published: 2nd May 2009

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Gibraltar Airport Runway Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs show a busy road that goes right across the main runway at Gibraltar airport.

Published: 28th May 2009

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Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax

Protest email claims that an upcoming movie to be called Corpus Christi depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals.

Published: 14th May 2009

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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.

Updated: 13th May 2009

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Loteria Espana Scam Email

Email claims that the recipient's email address has been randomly selected to win a large sum of money in a Spanish lottery.

Published: 12th May 2009

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Jim Neugent - Rude Response from ABC

Email claims that a man named Jim Neugent received a very rude response when he contacted US television network ABC to complain about an episode of "The Practice" which dealt with the possible gay marriage of two of the characters.

Published: 11th May 2009

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One Way Glass Toilet

Email claims that attached photographs show a public toilet made of one way glass located in Houston, Texas.

Published: 7th May 2009

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Nigerian Computer Scientist Advance Fee Scam

Person posing as a computer scientist at a Nigerian bank claims that he can help procure the release of a large sum of money owed to the recipient that has been deliberately held up by other bank officials.

Published: 5th May 2009

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Fake Facebook Login Phishing Scam

Messages attempt to lure Facebook users into logging into bogus Facebook lookalike sites such as fbstarter.com.

Published: 1st May 2009

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Christopher Butterfield Hacker Warning Hoax

Message warns that a person named Christopher Butterfield is a hacker and that simply accepting a friend request from him will allow him to hack in to your computer.

Published: 30th April 2009

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Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History

The 2009 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: 29th April 2009

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Hacker Hoax Warning - Do Not Accept dr3am_rock or Linda M

Message warns that a hacker that uses the address "dr3am_rock@hotmail.com" or the nick name "Linda M" can take over the computers of those who simply accept him as a contact.

Published: 29th April 2009

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1956 Hard Disk Drive - Disk Storage Unit for 305 RAMAC Computer

Email forward claims that an attached photograph shows a massive hard disk drive designed for use with the 1956 305 RAMAC computer.

Published: 27th April 2009

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Pen PC - Pen Shaped Miniature Personal Computer

Email claims that attached photographs depict a revolutionary new pen-shaped personal computer that operates via a projected virtual keyboard and monitor.

Published: 17th April 2009

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World's First Flying Hotel - Hotelicopter Hoax

Message claims that attached photographs show a unique flying luxury hotel called the "Hotelicopter" that is soon to begin its first tours.

Published: 15th April 2009

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Expired Visa Card Notification Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's Visa account has expired and warns that, to stop the account being closed, he or she must renew it immediately by following a link in the message.

Published: 8th April 2009

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Petition for Autism Units in Australian Schools

Email forward asks recipients to sign an attached petition letter that requests the Australian Government to address serious problems encountered by children with Autism within the current education system.

Published: 7th April 2009

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Check The Size of Webmail Inbox Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's webmail inbox is close to its maximum size and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password so that the database can be reset.

Published: 6th April 2009

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Karl Marx Quote on Credit Crisis

Quote attributed to Karl Marx apparently quite accurately predicts the current world economic crisis although it is supposedly taken from Marx's book "Das Kapital", which was written in 1867.

Published: 2nd April 2009

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Killer Text Message Hoax

Warnings circulating in Egypt claim that people have suffered fatal brain hemorrhages after receiving a "killer" mobile phone text message from "unknown foreign quarters" containing a special combination of numbers.

Published: 1st April 2009

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Sleeper Virus - Downadup or Conficker Worm Warnings

Messages circulating via email, blogs, and online communities are warning computer users about a "sleeper" virus dubbed the "downadup" or "conficker" worm.

Updated: 31st April 2009

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Tear Drop Monument - Russian Gift to the United States

Email claims that attached photographs show a monument donated by Russia as a memorial for the victims of 9/11.

Published: 27th March 2009

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Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email

Email claiming to be from Gary Hogman, (aka Gary Hogan) a soldier serving in Iraq, asks recipients to pray for Gary's wife Cindy who has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Published: 24th March 2009

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Do Not Call - Mobile Phones Going Public Hoax

Circulating email warns that mobile phone numbers in Australia are "going public" next month and claims that consumers will be charged for calls made to them by telemarketing companies.

Published: 20th March 2009

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Abbey Bank Suspended Access Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Abbey Bank requests the recipient to click a link to log on to his or her bank account in order to restore access.

Published: 18th March 2009

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Email Forward: Help Identify Young Girl Caught in Tsunami

Very outdated email asks recipients to help identify a young girl who was injured in the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster.

Updated: 17th March 2009

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Mass Migration of Rays

Email forward claims that attached photographs show a mass migration of rays in the Gulf of Mexico.

Published: 16th March 2009

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Delta Air Lines Passenger Itinerary Receipt Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from Delta Air Lines provides details of a supposed ticket purchase and instructs recipients to open an attached file to view a passenger itinerary receipt.

Published: 12th March 2009

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Air Force One Tail Number Hoax

Circulating image shows the tail number of US Presidential aircraft Air Force One as being "N166ER", a combination of letters and numbers that can be read as a racist epithet.

Published: 9th March 2009

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Operation Yellow Jacket - Speeding Ticket Frenzy Hoax

Email warns motorists in Michigan about a "31 day speeding ticket frenzy" called "Operation Yellow Jacket" in which troopers will drive MI-DOT trucks as well as unmarked police cruisers in order to nab as many speeders as possible.

Published: 6th March 2009

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MTN Free Nokia Phone Hoax Email

Message claims that South African communications company, MTN, is giving away free Nokia phones to those who forward the email to eight or more people.

Published: 26th February 2009

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McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from McDonald's, claims that recipients can get a $50 bonus for filling in a "quick 7 question survey".

Published: 26th February 2009

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Children's Charity Job Offer Scam

Email, purporting to be from the Finance Director of the "Children Support Foundation", offers the recipient a part time job receiving and processing payments.

Published: 26th February 2009

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Coconut Crab Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs depict a very large type of crab called the Coconut Crab because of its ability to crack coconuts with its strong claws.

Published: 23rd February 2009

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Presidential Determination Rumour - Palestinian Resettlement in US

Protest message claims that US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination that will allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States

Published: 19th February 2009

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Highest Position In The World - Babu Sassi Crane Operator

Email claims that Indian Babu Sassi, a crane operator working on the construction of the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, lives inside the crane's cabin because it takes too long to come down each day.

Published: 19th February 2009

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Dial Before You Dig - Gas Pipeline Explosion Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs show the aftermath of a large explosion caused by a worker who ruptured a gas pipeline while operating a post hole digger.

Published: 16th February 2009

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Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax

Email claims that attached photographs show a massive man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir in Huadu, China.

Published: 14th February 2009

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Photos of Koala Escaping Heatwave

Email claims that attached photographs show a wild koala that came inside a back porch to seek relief from a heatwave that struck southern Australia in early 2009.

Published: 13th February 2009

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Islamic Punishment Protest Email - Photos of Boy's Arm Being Crushed Under Car Wheel

Email forward claims that a series of attached photographs show an 8 year old boy in Iran having his arm crushed by a car as punishment under Islamic law for stealing bread.

Published: 12th February 2009

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Carissa Malanitch Missing Child Hoax

Email forward claims that 13 year old Carissa Malanitch is missing and asks recipients to pass on the message in the hope that someone knows where she is.

Published: 12th February 2009

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advance Fee Scam

Scam email, purporting to be from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, claims that a diplomat has left a package for the recipient and asks him or her to reply in order to arrange delivery.

Published: 4th February 2009

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Plastic Containers - Chasing Arrows Symbol Reveals Plastic's Chemical Makeup

Email forward explains how to decode the triangular "chasing arrows" symbol on plastic containers.

Published: 3rd February 2009

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Amirtha Make-A-Wish Foundation Email Hoax

Email forward claims that the Make-A-Wish Foundation will donate 7 cents to help pay medical bills for a very sick seven year old child called Amirtha each and every time the email is sent to others.

Published: 3rd February 2009

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Prayer Request Email

mail forward, claiming to be a "Special Prayer Request from Peggy Lesley at Brookwood Church" asks you to pray for an 11 year old boy who has Hodgkin's Lymphoma before adding your name to the message and sending it to as many people as possible.

Published: 2nd February 2009

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Animal Rescue Site Email Forward

Email forward claims that you can help provide food for abused and neglected animals simply by clicking a button on the Animal Rescue Site.

Published: 31st January 2009

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Obama Acceptance Speech Trojan Horse Warning

Message warns recipients not to open an email with the subject "Obama Acceptance Speech" because it carries a password stealing Trojan horse.

Published: 30th January 2009

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Photographs of an Excavator Climbing a Tower

Photographs circulating via email and online appear to show an excavator climbing a specially constructed tower.

Published: 30th January 2009

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Difference Between http & https

Circulating email advises web users to take note of the differences between "http" and "https" in web addresses to ensure that they only provide sensitive personal and financial information on secure websites.

Published: 29th January 2009

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Federal Reserve Bank "Phishing Attack Warning" Scam Emails

Email purporting to be from the Federal Reserve Bank claims that U.S. Treasury Department has imposed restrictions on federal wire transfers due to a widespread phishing attack.

Published: 28th January 2009

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Google 10th Anniversary Awards Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won five hundred thousand pounds in a 10th anniversary promotion organized by Internet giant, Google.

Published: 28th January 2009

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Rebirth Of The Eagle Hoax

Circulating slide presentation claims that, at around 40 years of age, eagles go through a painful 5 month process of rebirth in which they remove and regrow their beak, talons and feathers thereby allowing them to live another 30 years.

Published: 28th January 2009

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Armless Girl Jessica Cox Gains Pilot's Licence

Email forward tells the inspirational story of Jessica Cox, a girl who was able to gain her pilot's licence, among other remarkable achievements, in spite of being born without arms.

Published: 15th January 2009

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Help Find Missing Child Andrew John Thompson

Email asks recipients to help in the global search for missing Australian child, Andrew John Thompson who was illegally taken out of Australia in April 2008.

Published: 9th January 2009

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Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station

Email forward claims that virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell performed incognito at a metro station in Washington DC playing on a violin worth millions of dollars but his performance received very little interest from passersby.

Published:8th January 2009

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