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Articles Published in 2010

This page lists a few of the most popular Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2010.

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 the first entry in your address book.

Updated: 28th December 2010

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ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), claims that the recipient's activity statement refund has been retained due to incorrect or incomplete bank account details and urges him or her to follow a link to update details.

Published: 28th December 2010

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Life is Beautiful Virus Hoax

Warning message claims that an email with an attached Power Point presentation called "Life is beautiful" is a virus that will destroy all files on the infected computer.

Updated: 27th December 2010

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Baby With Facial Deformity Money for Forwarding Hoax

Message that contains photographs of a young child with a severe facial deformity claims that money will be contributed to help pay for the child's operation every time the email is forwarded.

Published: 23rd December 2010

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The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith

Email with a series of attached pictures claims that the pictures were created on a typewriter by the artist Paul Smith.

Published: 23rd December 2010

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Facebook Account Update Phishing Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from Facebook, claims that Facebook is implementing a new login system and that the user must therefore follow a link in the message to update his or her account.

Published: 22nd December 2010

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Indian Government Award Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from the Indian Government claims that the recipient is eligible to receive the sum of eighty five lahks as a government payment to enable him or her set up a business.

Published: 21st December 2010

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Tampa Bay Beach Sea Monster

Circulating photographs are claimed to depict a strange sea creature found on Florida's Tampa Bay Beach.

Updated: 16th December 2010

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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.

Updated: 16th December 2010

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Liverpool and Manchester Shopping Centre Bomb Threat Hoax

Message claiming to originate from an ambulance service staff member warns that there is a credible bomb threat for tomorrow involving shopping centres in Liverpool and Manchester.

Published: 16th December 2010

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Facebook Request to Honor Fallen Marine Derek Wyatt

Message circulating via Facebook asks users to repost the message as a means of honoring US Marine Derek Wyatt who was killed in action in Afghanistan on December 6th, 2010.

Published: 15th December 2010

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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.

Updated: 9th December 2010

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BT Service Cancellation Notice Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from giant telecommunications services company BT claims that a recent bill payment has been rejected and warns that the recipient must follow a link and update details or the service will be cancelled.

Published: 9th December 2010

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New Fall Hat - Image of President Obama Wearing an Acorn Hat and Smoking

Circulating image supposedly shows US President Obama wearing a hat shaped like an acorn cap while smoking a cigarette.

Published: 7th December 2010

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Facebook Change Profile Picture to Cartoon Character Paedophile Warning Hoax

Facebook message warns that a recent campaign asking people to change their profile picture to a cartoon character as a means of raising awareness about child violence is actually a scheme run by a paedophile group intended to make it more likely that children will accept their friend requests.

Published: 6th December 2010

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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.

Updated: 5th December 2010

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Inaccurate Warning about Fake $50 Australian Banknotes

Circulating message that claims to show recipients how to detect fake $50 Australian Banknotes. The message suggests that fake notes can be determined by a missing name under a portrait and by the order of signatures.

Published: 3rd December 2010

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Google Romance Malware Email

Email purporting to be from Google Romance urges recipients to follow a link in order to logon to Google Romance to read messages.

Published: 3rd December 2010

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Driving With Snow on Car Roof Fixed Penalties Hoax

Message warns drivers in the UK that police will be stopping drivers with snow on the roof of their cars and issuing them with a fixed penalty consisting of a £60 fine and the loss of three points.

Published: 2nd December 2010

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Elephant Encounter Story - Not the Same Elephant

Circulating message tells the tale of a man who, twenty years after helped a young wild elephant with a sore foot, believes that he has encountered the same elephant, a belief that ends in tragedy.

Published: 1st December 2010

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Facebook Warning Post - Apps Sending 'Not Very Nice' Messages Using Your Name

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users that some apps are sending out "not very nice" messages that may appear to come from friends.

Published: 29th November 2010

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Mobile Phone Medical Equipment Warning - Phone Interference Caused Death Hoax

Warning message claims that a four year old child died in hospital during a minor operation due to interference from a mobile phone used outside the operating theatre.

Updated: 26th November 2010

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Check Your Receipts - Cash Back Scam Warning Email

Message warns shoppers to always check their receipts before leaving the check-out at Sainsbury's and other UK stores because many people are being caught out by a scam in which unscrupulous cashiers add unauthorized cash back requests to transactions and pocket the cash rather than give it to customers.

Published: 24th November 2010

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Plea to Help Find Missing Three Year Old Girl - Jewel Strong

Circulating message claims that the three year old girl depicted in an attached photograph is missing and asks that recipients forward the message in the hope that someone has seen her and can help reunite her with her family.

Published: 22nd November 2010

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PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning

Email forward warns that a card from PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) informing householders about a package delivery is actually a scam designed to trick them into making a premium rate phone call charged at £1.50 per minute.

Updated: 19th November 2010

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Dan Murphy's 30% Off Voucher Hoax

Circulating voucher offers recipients 30% off all products at Australian liquor outlet Dan Murphy's between 25th and 28th November 2010.

Published: 19th November 2010

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Postcard Image Virus Hoax

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

Updated: 19th November 2010

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FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email

Email purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package en route to the recipient has been returned due to an addressing error and that he or she must open an attached file to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.

Published: 12th November 2010

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Warning from 'British Ministry of Health' - Danger From Broken Energy Saving Bulbs

Message claiming to be a warning from the British Ministry of Health outlines mercury contamination dangers associated with the clean up and disposal of broken compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL's).

Published: 11th November 2010

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USAA Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be from financial services group USAA claims that members need to follow a link to fill out a new version of the group's confirmation form.

Published: 11th November 2010

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Optus ADSL Service Cancellation Phishing Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from telecommunications company Optus, claims that, because a recent payment was rejected, the recipient must follow a link to update account information or risk suspension of ADSL service.

Published: 9th November 2010

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Friendship Inquiries Hacker Alert Hoax

Alert posted on Facebook and other networks warns users not to accept friendship inquiries from Roland Dreyer, Matthias Damberger, Mario Sommer, Fabian Berneder or Frank Becker because they are hackers intent on destroying your hard disk.

Published: 9th November 2010

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Hilton Hotel Job Offer Scam Email

Email purporting to be from Hilton Hotels in London, offers the recipient a lucrative job with the company.

Published: 8th November 2010

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'Very Important Message' Facebook Spam

Post circulating via Facebook walls urges users to follow a link to another page and click the publish button in order to read a "very important message".

Published: 3rd November 2010

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'Strange City in Greece' Photographs

Message claims that a series of attached photographs depicting buildings embedded snugly into rocky caves and cliffs were taken in a "strange city" in Greece.

Published: 3rd November 2010

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Iceberg Spotted at Cape Town?

Circulating photographs and videos purportedly depict an iceberg floating in the ocean near Cape Town, South Africa.

Published: 2nd November 2010

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Maria at Dell Hospital Money for Forwarding Hoax

Message claims that Dell Hospital will donate 15 cents to help pay medical expenses for five year old Maria who is in hospital after being brutally raped by a man who has AIDS.

Published: 2nd November 2010

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Viral Video - Time Traveller in Charlie Chaplin Film?

Footage from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film appears to show a woman using a mobile (cell) phone decades before they were invented. Commentators have suggested that the Chaplin film may have inadvertently captured a time traveller.

Published: 1st November 2010

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Bogus Facebook Rumour- Harry Graham Pedophile Warninge

Social network message warns that a 48 year old pedophile named Harry Graham is posing as a 14 year old on Facebook in order to make contact with children.

Published: 1st November 2010

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Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version

Message warns users to watch out for emails with the subject "Here you have it" because they contain a very dangerous computer virus that allows a hacker named "life owner" access to the infected computer. The warning claims that the user will lose everything on the infected computer and that the virus cannot be removed by anti-virus software.

Published: 15th October 2010

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Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request

Viral message asks recipients to pray for the recovery of a 22 month old who accidentally shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer.

Updated: 15th October 2010

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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.

Updated: 14th October 2010

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Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia

Circulating message claims that an attached image shows a miraculous rock in a village in Saudi Arabia that floats above the ground once every year during the month of April.

Published: 13th October 2010

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Photographs of Monster Croc Caught at Borroloola

Message claims that attached photographs show a very large crocodile caught and killed at Borroloola in Australia's Northern Territory after it annoyed a local fisherman by eating the propeller off his outboard.

Published: 12th October 2010

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Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam

Email, purporting to be from Jean Paul Garang, who claims to be the son of the late Dr. John Garang, leader of the Sudan People Liberation Movement, ask the recipient for help in accessing a fifteen million dollar deposit currently held by a European finance firm.

Published: 11th October 2010

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Bogus Facebook Rumour - Thomas Cowling Wants to Talk to Children About Sex

Message being posted on Facebook warns users to watch out for a man named Thomas Cowling because he is attempting to contact children on Facebook to talk about sex.

Published: 9th October 2010

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'Interesting Fact' About October 2010 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays

Message claims that October 2010 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays and that this combination of days only occurs once in 823 years.

Published: 9th October 2010

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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.

Updated: 8th October 2010

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Feeding the Eagles

Message claims that a series of photographs show the feeding of bald eagles during very cold weather at St. Louis, Missouri and Alton, Illinois (and other locations) in January 2010.

Published: 8th October 2010

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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.

Updated: 8th October 2010

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Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) claims that the recipient's federal tax payment has been rejected and urges him or her to follow a link to rectify the problem.

Published: 8th October 2010

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'New' Italian Police Car - Lamborghini Crash

Circulating message includes a series of photographs depicting the launch of a Lamborghini police car in Italy and its subsequent involvement in a destructive car crash.

Published: 7th October 2010

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Got a pencil? - Amazing Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

Circulating images show tiny but intricate sculptures carved into the graphite tips of pencils.

Published: 6th October 2010

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'Bighorn Sheep' On Dam Wall Photographs

Message claims that attached images depict Bighorn Sheep climbing on a very steep dam wall.

Published: 6th October 2010

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809 Area Code Scam Warning Email

Email forward, ostensibly from AT&T, warns that consumers are being tricked into dialling international telephone numbers and thereby incurring enormous call charges of thousands of dollars per minute.

Updated: 5th October 2010

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Fake iTunes Receipt Email

Emailed receipt, purporting to be from online music store iTunes, supposedly provides the recipient with information about a recent purchase.

Published: 5th October 2010

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Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard

Message warns users of public computers to check for a black device that, when plugged into the computer's keyboard by a fraudster, can store all key strokes entered, including passwords.

Published: 30th September 2010

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Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex

Message circulating on Facebook warns people to watch out for for a man named Thierry Mairot because he is attempting to contact children on Facebook to talk about sex.

Published: 30th September 2010

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Muslims Praying Every Friday in Streets of New York Protest Message

Protest message claims that, every Friday, many Muslims pray on Madison Avenue and other streets of New York, thereby blocking streets and disrupting traffic. The message includes photographs depicting large groups of Muslims praying.

Published: 29th September 2010

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UK Pensioners v Asylum Seekers Protest Message

Protest message claims that asylum seekers in the UK receive a substantially higher weekly allowance from the British government than do British pensioners.

Published: 28th September 2010

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Fake LinkedIn Invitation Emails Point to Malware

Emails purporting to be from social network LinkedIn ask recipients to click a link to view pending invitation messages.

Published: 27th September 2010

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Facebook Hacked 'BBC News Team' Warning Message

Warning message, purporting to from the BBC news team, claims that Facebook's main system has been hacked and users should change passwords immediately.

Published: 24th September 2010

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Travel Warning - Khas Khas (Poppy Seed) Imprisonment in UAE

Message warns that people travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf countries who are found with Khas Khas (poppy seed) may face long terms of imprisonment due to very strict anti-drug laws.

Published: 23rd September 2010

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Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Avowed Satanist Hoax

Message purports to be a transcript of a reporter's interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in which she admits to being an avowed Satanist and writes her books in order to corrupt young minds in the devil's name.

Published: 22nd September 2010

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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: 21st September 2010

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Kleneus66 Virus Hoax

Message warns that an email that includes little red shoes dancing and offers the recipient a thousand free songs actually contains the Kleneus66 virus which will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.

Published: 20th September 2010

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Facebook Virus Using Your Pictures Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns that a virus is using Facebook pictures as a means of hacking into computers, stealing information and destroying the infected computers.

Published: 20th September 2010

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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.

Updated: 13th September 2010

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Bogus Microsoft Critical Upgrade Notification Email

Email purporting to from Microsoft claims that the recipient's operating system has a critical security issue and needs to be upgraded urgently via a link in the message.

Published: 9th September 2010

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Moon Split Miracle Chain Letter

Chain message claims to present photographic evidence that the moon was once split in two thereby supposedly giving scientific support to Islamic stories of a miracle once performed by the Prophet Muhammad in which he split the moon into two parts.

Published: 7th September 2010

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Collapse Of 13 Story Building in China

Message claims that a series of attached images show a 13 story apartment building that toppled over in China due to major construction errors.

Published: 3rd September 2010

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Gang Initiation Warning Hoax - Infant Car Seat Left On Roadside

Warning message claims that criminals in the UK are placing infant car seats containing fake babies on the sides of rural roads as a means of tricking potential victims into stopping their cars so that gang members can rape and rob them as part of a gang initiation.

Published: 2nd September 2010

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Death From Poisoned Rhino Horn Rumour

Message claims that a man in Thailand died after consuming powdered rhino horn that had been deliberately poisoned in a controversial attempt to curtail the poaching of rhinos.

Published: 31st August 2010

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Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax

Protest message claims that refugees in Canada receive a substantially higher monthly pension payment from the Canadian government than that received by Canadian old age pensioners.

Published: 27th August 2010

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Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email

Email purporting to be from Financial Ombudsman Services in the UK claims that, during investigations into corrupt banking practices, it was discovered that funds previously owed to the recipient have been put on hold because a "Money Laundry Anti-terrorist Drug Clearance" document was not submitted.

Published: 25th August 2010

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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.

Updated: 24th August 2010

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New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning

Warning circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users not to click on links labelled "New Gifts For You" because the links will launch a virus that will automatically spread via Facebook comments.

Published: 24th August 2010

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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.

Updated: 23rd August 2010

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Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free

Message claims that attached images depict a luxury yacht that comes complete with a specially produced supercar that will be carried as a tender in a stern garage.

Published: 23th August 2010

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'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays

Message claims that August 2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays and that this combination of days only occurs once in 823 years.

Published: 23rd August 2010

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'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users

Bogus messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can follow a link to install a "Dislike Button" on their Facebook account.

Published: 18th August 2010

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Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax

Email claims that AOL and Zdnet will donate money to help a child with brain cancer every time the email is forwarded.

Updated: 10th August 2010

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Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design

Message claims that attached images show an innovative solar powered tower that is to be built in the bay at Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Published: 17th August 2010

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Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph

Message with a photograph of very colourful roses claims that the flowers are specially bred to grow in multiple colours.

Published: 16th August 2010

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Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax

Post circulating via Facebook warns users not to open any message about "a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall" because the message contains a self-replicating Trojan virus.

Published: 13th August 2010

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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.

Updated: 13th August 2010

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Free Doritos Coupons Hoax

Email forward claims that an attached file contains coupons that can be printed off and redeemed for Doritos products to the value of $5 per coupon.

Published: 12th August 2010

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Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam

Email purporting to be from Timothy Crawford, a recruitment officer for the Pattaya Orphanage Trust, offers the recipient a job processing donations from Australian residents.

Published: 6th August 2010

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Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax

Email that includes attached images of a baby with a severely enlarged head claims that, each time the email is forwarded, money will be donated to help pay for an operation to help the child.

Published: 5th August 2010

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Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams

Messages claim that the sender has expensive pet parrots for sale very cheaply or is willing to give the birds away for free to a good home.

Published: 3rd August 2010

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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.

Updated: 2nd August 2010

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Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

Message advises recipients that "Imitinef Mercilet", a medicine that cures blood cancer, is available free of charge from the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, India.

Published: 27th July 2010

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Falsely Attributed Quote - A Norman Rockwell Moment

Message that includes a quote about work and government billed as "possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read" implies that the words were penned by famous US artist Norman Rockwell.

Published: 21st July 2010

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Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History

Email claims that Earth and Mars will have the closest approach in recorded history in August and will be a spectacular sight for stargazers.

Updated: 21st July 2010

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Circulating Request - Help Pooja Find Her Parents

Widely circulated message asks recipients to help find the parents of 4 year old Pooja, who was rescued from a kidnapper by police but cannot clearly communicate her identity.

Published: 20th July 2010

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Debbie Shwartz Charity Hoax

Email claims that AOL will help Debbie Shwartz, a struggling single mother, by donating money every time an email is forwarded to 12 people.

Updated: 19th July 2010

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Face Book Promotion Advance Fee Scam

Message posted to Facebook users claims that the account holder has won a large sum of money in the Face Book 2010 promotion.

Published: 17th July 2010

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Scammers Pose as Microsoft Tech Support Workers to Hijack Computers

Warning message claims that scammers posing as Microsoft staff members are calling people and attempting to trick them into handing over access to their computers.

Published: 16th July 2010

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Laptop Fire Death Warning Email

Email forward warns recipients not to use laptop computers in bed because of the risk of fire. The message claims that 25 year old Arun Gopal recently died in a tragic house fire caused by an overheated laptop left on his bed while he was sleeping.

Published: 16th July 2010

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Verified By Visa Banking Incident Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Verified by Visa, claims that, due to multiple failed attempts to access the recipient's account, the account holder must confirm account information within 48 hours or the account will be suspended indefinitely.

Published: 14th July 2010

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St. Augustine Find - Huge Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Message claims that attached photographs show a 15 foot long Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake caught at St. Augustine, Florida.y

Published: 9th July 2010

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1954 Home Computer Hoax

Caption accompanying a widely circulated image claims that the picture depicts how scientists in 1954 imagined a home computer set-up would look in 2004.

Updated: 7th July 2010

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BlackBerry RIM Inactive Account Hoax

Message circulating via BlackBerry Messenger, purporting to be from Research In Motion (RIM), claims that, due to a server problem, the recipient must resend the message to all his or her contacts or the account will remain inactive and contact information will be lost.

Published: 7th July 2010

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Resignation Of Barack Obama Virus Hoax

Message warns recipients not to open an email with a subject or attachment titled "Resignation Of Barack Obama" or "Postcard From Bejing" because it contains a virus that will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer.

Published: 6th July 2010

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Five Headed Cobra Hoax Images

Circulating images supposedly depict a five-headed cobra found at Kukke Subrahmanya, a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Karnataka.

Published: 5th July 2010

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Kevin Rudd Fire the Cattle Guards Hoax

Message claims that, upon hearing that there were over 10,000 "cattle guards" in NSW & Queensland, then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ordered that half of the "guards" be fired immediately because he mistakenly assumed that the cattle guards were actually human guards rather than simply steel grate devices placed on roadways to restrict the movement of cattle and other livestock.

Published: 2nd July 2010

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AOL Update Billing Information Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from AOL, claims that, due to a payment processing failure, the recipient's AOL service will be blocked unless he or she updates payment details within 24 hours by following a link in the message.

Published: 30th June 2010

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Baby Manuela Email Forwarding Charity Hoax

Message claims that you can help pay medical costs for baby Manuela, a child with a rare disease who needs an operation, just by forwarding the email to at least three people.

Updated: 30th June 2010

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Rehana 27 From Leicister Hacker Warning Hoax

Message warns users not to add 27 year old Rehana from "leicister" because she is a hacker.

Published: 25th June 2010

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Deaths From Free Perfume Samples Hoax

Messages circulating via Facebook, SMS and email claim that seven women have died after inhaling free perfume samples sent to them in the mail.

Published: 24th June 2010

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Abduction Alert Message For Eight Year Old Girl From West Valley City Utah

Alert message circulating via Facebook and other websites claims that an 8 year girl in West Valley City, Utah was abducted by two men driving a white sedan with the licence plate 9770J or 977AJ.

Published: 24th June 2010

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Apple iPhone and iPad Giveaway Spam on Facebook

Messages circulating rapidly around Facebook claim that you can receive a free Apple iPhone 4G or an an Apple iPad by following a link and signing up on a third party website.

Published: 24th June 2010

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Ashley Flores Missing Child Hoax

Email forward claims that 13-year-old Ashley Flores is missing from Philadelphia.

Updated: 23rd June 2010

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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.

Updated: 23rd June 2010

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Converted Grain Silo Apartment Photographs

Message claims that a series of attached photographs depict an old grain silo that has been relocated to Niftynev Homestead in Shane Park NSW and converted to a modern, well appointed apartment.

Published: 21st June 2010

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Bill Cosby Write-In Candidate For President In 2012 Hoax

Circulating message claims that US comedian Bill Cosby is intending to run for President in the 2012 elections. The message supposedly outlines Cosby's platform for reform should he become President.

Published: 17th June 2010

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Two Suns - Star Aderoid Hoax

Message claims that the star "Aderoid" will move close to the Earth in June 2010 and will appear as large as the Sun to the naked eye.

Published: 16th June 2010

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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.

Updated: 15th June 2010

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Old Woman and The Smashed Car Window Abduction Warning Hoax

Message claims that a violent male criminal is attempting to abduct women at the Galleria Shopping Centre in Perth Western Australia by pretending to be an old woman.

Published: 11th June 2010

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Emiliano Briones Ronquillo Prayer Request Message

Message circulating via Facebook and other social networking websites asks for prayers for two year old Emiliano Briones Ronquillo.

Published: 10th June 2010

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Commonwealth Bank Phishing Scam - Online Access Suspended Message

Email, purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank, claims that the recipient's online account access has been suspended until he or she verifies identity and account details via a link in the message.

Published: 10th June 2010

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Facebook Deactivated Account Spam

Message purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the user's Facebook account has been deactivated and urges him or her to follow a link to reactivate the account.

Published: 9th June 2010

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Free Starlight Cruise For Forwarding Hoax

Email claims that you can enter a competition to win a four night cruise for two people from South Africa's Starlight Cruises simply by forwarding the message to ten people.

Published: 9th June 2010

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Remus Rudd Hanged Horse Thief Hoax

Circulating story claims that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's great-great Uncle Remus was hanged as a horse thief and train robber in 1889 and that the Prime Minister's staff answered a query about this politically unfortunate ancestral connection with a piece of classic political spin that attempted to present Uncle Remus's nefarious activities in a positive light.

Published: 8th June 2010

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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.

Updated: 4th June 2010

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Liquid Mountaineering Video - Walking on Water

Viral video supposedly shows young men participating in a "new sport" in which they apparently run on water with the aid of special water proof footwear.

Updated: 4th June 2010

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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.

Updated: 3rd June 2010

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Muslim Sign in Houston Mall Protest Message - The Martyrdom of Imam Ali

Protest email claims that a sign posted on the door of a Muslim owned shop in Houston in September 2009, honoured one of the September 11 hijackers who flew the aircraft into the World Trade Center.

Published: 3rd June 2010

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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.

Updated: 2nd June 2010

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Motorcycle Inside Volkswagen Accident Photographs

Email forward that includes photographs showing a Volkswagen car with a motorcycle wedged inside it, claims that the images show the end result of an accident that killed three people. The images reportedly depict a display featured at a motorcycle fair.

Published: 1st June 2010

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Not Able to Deliver UPS Package Malware Email

Emails purporting to be from delivery company, UPS, claim that a package sent by the recipient could not be delivered. The messages instruct the recipient to open an attachment to print out an invoice.

Updated: 1st June 2010

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Dust-Off Warning Email

Email from a grieving father outlines the danger of inhaling Dust-Off computer cleaner, after his son died as a result of "huffing" the product.

Updated: 31st May 2010

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Compuserve Database Upgrade Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from online service provider CompuServe, claims that the recipient must reply immediately with his or her CompuServe login details or risk having the account closed.

Published: 31st May 2010

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Plagiarized Poem - Why Computers Sometimes Crash! by Dr. Seuss

An amusing poem about computing that has circulated widely online and via email is attributed to American writer, Dr Seuss.

Updated: 26th May 2010

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Coca-Cola Online Promo Advance Fee Scam

Email, purporting to be an official prize notification document from Coca-Cola, claims that the recipient has won 950,000.00 GPB in the "Coca-Cola Company 2010 online Promo".

Published: 26th May 2010

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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.

Updated: 26th May 2010

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LeBleu Family Prayer Request Message

Message circulating via social networking websites and email asks recipients to offer prayers for the Mike LeBleu family who lost four of their daughters in a house fire in May 2010.

Published: 25th May 2010

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Distracting Beach Babes Facebook Malware Attack

A rogue Facebook Application is posting links on Facebook Walls that supposedly open a video showing "Distracting Beach Babes".

Published: 25th May 2010

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Mother Tiger Nurses Piglets Email

Email forward that includes photographs of a tiger suckling several tiger-costumed piglets claims that the baby pigs were given to the mother tiger to counteract her depression after losing her own cubs.

Updated: 24th May 2010

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Image Showing a Kayak in the Mouth of a Whale

Email claims that an attached image depicts a kayak caught in the open mouth of a whale as it surfaces to feed.

Published: 24th May 2010

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Michael Verster Missing Child Alert

Circulating message claims that 9 year old Michael Verster is missing from his home in Pinetown, South Africa.

Published: 21st May 2010

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Walmart Fire Charity Hoax - Sad Walmart Story

Email claims that Yahoo (or AOL) will help pay the medical expenses of a child badly burnt in a Walmart fire if the message is forwarded to others.

Updated: 21st May 2010

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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: 21st May 2010

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Cessna Citation Engines Damaged by Volcanic Ash Hoax

Email that features a series of attached photographs depicting a severely damaged jet engine claims that the damage was caused by the aircraft flying through volcanic ash.

Published: 20th May 2010

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Audri King Prayer Request

Message that circulates via Facebook, MySpace and email asks recipients to pray for two year old Audri (or Audrin) King who has cancer.

Published: 18th May 2010

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FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery Scam

Message purporting to be a "winning notification" from international football association FIFA, claims that the recipient has won two million eight hundred thousand dollars in the FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery.

Published: 17th May 2010

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McDonald's Ball Pit Death Hoax

Email forward claims that 3-year-old Kevin Archer died after being pricked by a heroin filled hypodermic needle left in a McDonald's ball pit.

Updated: 17th May 2010

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Cold Water Causes Cancer Warning Message

Message claims that drinking cold water after a meal will solidify "oily stuff" present in the food consumed and will lead to cancer.

Updated: 12th May 2010

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Letter Z To Be Removed from the Alphabet Hoax

Message claims that the "English Language Central Commission (ELCC)" has decided to remove the letter "Z" from the English Alphabet from June 1st.

Published: 12th Amy 2010

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Killer House Plant Warning

Message claims that an indoor plant that is commonly kept in homes and offices is so poisonous that it can kill a child in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes. The message, which comes with a photograph of the "killer plant", also warns that touching the plant and then rubbing your eyes can cause permanent blindness.

Published: 11th May 2010

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Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax

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

Updated: 10th May 2010

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iTunes Gift Certificate Trojan Email

Email claims that the recipient has received an iTunes Gift Certificate worth $50.00 and instructs him or her to open an attached file to access a certificate code.

Published: 10th May 2010

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Russian K-7 Heavy Bomber Images

Circulating message claims that attached images depict a K-7, an exceptionally large aircraft built in Russia during the 1930's.

Published: 4th April 2010

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Paypal New Message Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be a "new message" from Paypal claims that an error has been detected in the recipient's Paypal account and he or she must submit an attached form verifying his or her details or risk having the account suspended.

Published: 1st May 2010

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Marzipan Frosting Babies Hoax Email

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

Updated: 30th April 2010

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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.

Updated: 29th April 2010

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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.

Updated: 28th April 2010

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Incredible Cave Village Photographs

Message claims that a series of photographs showing incredible "cave" dwellings cut in to natural cone-shaped rock formations depict a village in Afghanistan.

Published: 27th April 2010

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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.

Updated: 26th April 2010

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Gmail Deleting Unused Accounts Hoax

Email, purporting to be an official notification from webmail service Gmail, claims that the user's Gmail account will be deleted if he or she does not forward the message to other contacts.

Published: 25th April 2010

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Punjab National Bank Updated Email Address Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from India's Punjab National Bank claims that the recipient's account email address has been updated. It instructs the recipient to fill in an attached form to restore the account if he or she feels that the change was unauthorized.

Published: 19th April 2010

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Acid Rain Warning Hoax

Message warns recipients that there is a possibility of dangerous acid rain falling between the 20th and 28th of the month as indicated by dark circles appearing around the moon.

Published: 17th April 2010

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Cocoa Mulch Toxic to Dogs Warning Email

Email forward warns that Cocoa Mulch can be harmful to dogs.

Updated: 16th April 2010

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Chewing Gum and Helium Experiment Video

Circulating video supposedly shows young men floating above the ground and jumping safely from a high bridge solely with the aid of a chewing gum bubble filled with helium.

Published: 15th April 2010

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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: 14th April 2010

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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".

Updated: 14th April 2010

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Gmail Account Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from Google Support, claims that the recipient will lose his or her Gmail account if he or she does not reply with the account's username and password and other personal information within seven days of receiving the message.

Published: 14th April 2010

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Anupam Biswas Orkut Money For Forwarding Charity Hoax

Message claims that, every time an email is forwarded, social networking site Orkut will donate money to cover the medical bills of a seriously ill mechanical engineering student named Anupam Biswas.

Published: 6th April 2010

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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.

Updated: 6th April 2010

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Images Of Strange Mermaid Found On Beach

Circulating photographs of a strange sea-creature are claimed to depict the body of a mermaid or alien found on a beach.

Updated: 3rd April 2010

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Gold Coast City Council Weather Modification Warning Hoax

Email that contains an attached flyer purporting to be from the Gold Coast City Council warns residents about supposed atmosphere contamination caused by high altitude "weather modification" activities being carried out by the "United Nations Atmospheric Control Council".

Published: 1st April 2010

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Applebee's Gift Certificate Hoax

Email promises free Applebee's gift certificates for those who forward the message to a specified number of people.

Updated: 1st April 2010

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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.

Updated: 31st March 2010

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Flying 101 - Kulula Airlines Jet With "Instructional" Livery

Email claims that a series of attached photographs show the humorous paint job used on a plane belonging to a South African airline. The "Flying 101" livery features an amusing guide to the various components of the aircraft's interior.

Published: 31st March 2010

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Sandeep Money For Forwarding Charity Hoax

Message claims that, every time the email is forwarded, Yahoo India will donate money to help pay for a life saving operation on the pregnant girlfriend of a man named Sandeep.

Published: 27th March 2010

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Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter

Email that includes an image of a ghostly girl in the Sundarbans claims that bad luck will befall those who do not forward the message.

Updated: 27th March 2010

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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.

Updated: 26th March 2010

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South African Revenue Service Tax Refund Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund by clicking a link and submitting an online tax refund request form.

Published: 19th March 2010

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Beware of Dubious Facebook "Free Offer" Groups

Facebook groups that offer users supposedly free items or services such as Facebook site enhancements or extra Facebook game items and updates may require participants to sign up for expensive SMS phone services.

Published: 18th March 2010

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Google "Received Your Resume" Malware Email

A "Thank You" email purporting to be from Google informs the recipient that the company has received his or her resume. The message instructs the recipient to open an attached file to to review the submitted job application.

Published: 16th March 2010

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Muslim Protest Photographs - Pictures From London

Email claims that a series of attached photographs depict a protest in London at which Muslim demonstrators displayed placards with violent and inflammatory slogans.

Published: 13th March 2010

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F1 Key Virus Warning

Message warns that responding to a pop-up prompt by pressing the F1 key when visiting an infected website could download and install a virus on your computer.

Published: 11th March 2010

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Apartment Cleaner Overpayment Scam

Email offers the recipient a part time job cleaning an apartment for a quite generous fee. The cleaner is advised to deduct this fee from a cheque made out for a considerably larger amount and then wire the remainder to the landlord via a money transfer service.

Published: 11th March 2010

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Western Union Unauthorized Transaction Phishing Scam

Email claims that money transfer service Western Union has noticed unauthorized transactions on the recipient's credit card and instructs him or her to fill in an attached form in order to verify identity and payment details.

Published: 9th March 2010

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The WHY Yacht - Luxurious 58x38 Yacht from Wally Hermès

Email forward claims that a series of attached images show an innovative and luxurious new yacht of enormous proportions dubbed the WHY 58x38.

Published: 8th March 2010

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Haiti Earthquake Money Laundering Scam

Email asks the recipient to work as a representative for a Haiti Earthquake disaster aid organization by collecting and processing donated funds.

Published: 3rd March 2010

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Check Out YouTube Request - Facebook Trojan Worm Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open a request to check out a YouTube video because it contains a "trojan worm" that can shut down the infected computer and steal personal information.

Published: 28th February 2010

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Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

Message claims that, every time a text message is sent on, AT&T or Verizon will donate money to help pay for surgery on a 14 year old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather while attempting to protect his young sister.

Published: 27th February 2010

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Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email

Email that call for a stop to a supposed "attack against nature" on the beaches of Costa Rica claims that a series of attached photographs depict crowds of people digging up and stealing turtle eggs that they will later sell.

Published: 25th February 2010

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Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam

Email claims that the recipient can be awarded the prize of a new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL550 along with three hundred thousand euros simply by replying with the answers to a very short and simply quiz .

Published: 23rd February 2010

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Gordon Lightfoot Death Hoax

Messages circulating via Twitter, Facebook and email claim that iconic Canadian singer- songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is dead.

Published: 22nd February 2010

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Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes

Status updates being passed around on Facebook supposedly provide information about how to gain access to an enhanced version of Facebook called "Facebook Gold".

Published: 22nd February 2010

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Indian Department of Revenue Tax Refund Scam

Email purporting to be from India's Department of Revenue claims that the recipient can apply for a tax refund of 820.50 Rupees by submitting an attached refund form.

Published: 19th February 2010

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Bank of America Software Upgrade Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from the Bank of America, claims that, due to a planned software upgrade, customers must confirm their banking details online by following a link in the message.

Published: 19th February 2010

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Maroochydore High School Answering Machine Message Hoax

Email claims that staff at Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia have implemented a sarcastic automated answering service that bluntly points out that teachers are not responsible for the poor behaviour and lack of commitment of students and their parents.

Published: 10th February 2010

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ATO Cut Off Taxes Program Phishing Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that the recipient may be eligible for a 19% refund on 2009 taxes if he or she registers online for the Cut Off Taxes Program.

Published: 9th February 2010

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National Health Anti-Fraud Association Complaint Scam Email

Email purporting to be from the National Health Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) claims that a complaint has been made against the recipient and urges him or her to review the complaint details via an attached document.

Published: 9th February 2010

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Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton

Email with an old photograph of a leader addressing a crowd claims that a speech on the assimilation of immigrants included in the message was made by Australia's first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton in 1907.

Published: 5th February 2010

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Automation Labs Facebook Privacy Warning Hoax

Messages circulating on Facebook claim that by entering 'automation labs' in the "Block People" search function of Facebook's privacy settings will reveal a list of people who have access to your Facebook account and should be blocked individually so that they cannot spy on you.

Published: 4th February 2010

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Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax

Message claims that emails featuring photographs of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown smiling contain a dangerous computer virus that will crash your computer and damage it beyond repair.

Published: 3rd February 2010

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Giant George - Huge Great Dane

Email claims that attached photographs show "Giant George" a massive 7ft-long (2.13 meters) blue great dane that lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

Published: 29th January 2010

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Facebook Unnamed App Internal Spybot Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns that users should delete a Facebook application labelled "Unnamed app" because it is an "internal spybot" that can make Facebook runs more slowly than usual.

Published: 28th January 2010

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False Rumours Claim That Facebook is About to Start Charging Users

Rumours circulating via social networking websites and email claim that Facebook will soon begin charging members a monthly fee for use of its services.

Published: 27th January 2010

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What Is A Golf Ball Worth? - Alligator Takes Golfer's Arm Photographs

Email claims that attached photographs depict a golfer whose arm was bitten off by an alligator when he attempted to retrieve his ball from an on course pond. (Warning: Graphic images)

Published: 27th January 2010

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Australian Tax Refund Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office, claims that the recipient can receive a large tax refund by clicking a link in the message and filling out a web based form.

Updated: 22nd January 2010

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Facebook Friend Reported You Virus Warning

Message warns that bogus Facebook notifications claiming that you have been reported by a friend for being offensive or for terms of service violations link to a computer virus.

Published: 16th January 2010

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See Through Tyres - Radical New Tyre Design Photographs

Email claims that a series of attached photographs show a radical new airless car tyre design being developed by Michelin that will soon be on the market.

Published: 8th January 2010

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Missing Child Alerts - Ashley Lewis Missing From Kannapolis North Carolina

Messages claim that 14 year old Ashley Lewis is missing from Kannapolis, in the American state of North Carolina.

Published: 6th January 2010

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Facebook Charging 14.99 Per Month Warning Message

Message warning that a Facebook group that protests against a supposed charge of $14.99 per month for Facebook services has links that point to a malicious website.

Published: 1st January 2010

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