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Articles Published in 2011

This page lists a few of the most popular Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2011.

Bogus Amazon Shipping Confirmation Emails Point To Malware

Emails, purporting to be from Amazon.com, supposedly provide shipping and order details about recent purchases and urge recipients to follow links to track the package or manage orders.

Published: 30th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free $100 Shell Gas Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Shell Gas Card worth $100 by clicking a link in the post.

Published: 30th December 2011

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Stolen Tibetan Spaniels Alert

Circulating social media message asks users to keep publicising information about the theft of five Tibetan Spaniels.

Published: 30th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - $50 Dollar General Gift Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that uses who click a link will receive a free $50 gift card from variety store chain Dollar General.

Published: 29th December 2011

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Video Of Hero Dog Pulling Another Dog From A Busy Highway

Widely circulated video depicts a dog dragging another dog to the side of a busy road while dodging oncoming traffic.

Published: 29th December 2011

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Facebook Message - RIP for Family Slain by Man Dressed as Santa

Message circulating on Facebook asks users to share or repost to show their support for the relatives of a family slain on Christmas Day by a man dressed as Santa.y

Published: 29th December 2011

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Crying Baby Hoax

Email warns that a serial killer is using a recording of a crying baby to lure potential victims out of their houses.

Updated: 28th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Walgreens Free Gift Card

Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Walgreens gift card by following a link in the message.

Published: 28th December 2011

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Hands of God Email

Email claims that an accompanying image is a photograph of the hands of God in storm clouds.

Updated: 27th December 2011

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Cancer Info From Johns Hopkins Hoax Email

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

Updated: 20th December 2011

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AT&T Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from AT&T claims that the recipient's account may be shut down if he or she does not verify the account by replying with username and password details.

Updated: 20th December 2011

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Jon Bon Jovi is NOT Dead

Circulating hoax messages claim that rock legend Jon Bon Jovi has died.

Published: 20th December 2011

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World of Warcraft Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from Blizzard Entertainment accuses the recipients of trying to sell their World of Warcraft accounts and claims that they must follow a link and verify their account ownership or risk having the account disabled.

Published: 19th December 2011

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PayPal 'Your Credit Card Information Has Changed' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's credit card has been removed from the PayPal account and that he or she should follow a link to rectify the issue.

Published: 19th December 2011

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Hoax - Julia Gillard Admits Being in A Lesbian Relationship

Circulating image purportedly shows an old article clipping in which Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard states that she understands homosexual rights because she is in a lesbian relationship.

Published: 12th November 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Get a Costco Gift Card for Free

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get free Costco Gift Cards just by following a link.

Published: 12th December 2011

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Facebook Survey Scam - Eat for Free at CheeseCake Factory

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can eat at the Cheesecake Factory for free by following a link to claim a gift card.

Published: 11th December 2011

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Hoax Chain Letter - The Vengeful Ghost of Carmen Winstead

Circulating message tells the story of teenager Carmen Winstead who supposedly died after being pushed into a sewer by school bullies. The message claims that Carmen's ghost returned to exact revenge on the bullies and continues to come back and kill those who do not resend her story.

Published: 11th December 2011

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Craigslist Account Phishing Scam

Email, purportedly from online classifieds website Craigslist, claims that the recipient's Craigslist account has been blocked and he or she must follow a link in the message to confirm account details.

Updated: 11th December 2011

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JB Hi-Fi Facebook Survey Scam

Messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can get free JB Hi-Fi vouchers just by clicking a link.

Published: 9th December 2011

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Decorative Magnets on Refrigerators - Cancer Warning Hoax

Warning message claims that researchers at Princeton University have discovered that electromagnetic radiation from decorative magnets stuck to refrigerator doors "radiated" the food inside thereby massively increasing the probability of cancer in test mice used in the study.

Updated: 9th December 2011

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ABSA Phishing Scam Emails

Emails purporting to be from South African bank, ABSA, claim that recipients must validate their Banking Profile or confirm their identity by following links in the messages.

Updated: 7th December 2011

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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 follow a link to review flight information.

Updated: 7th December 2011

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American Airlines Flight Ticket Order Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be ticket order notifications from American Airlines claim that the recipient can follow a link or open an attachment to print out airline tickets.

Published: 7th December 2011

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Bogus MADD Petition

Email petition that claims to be sponsored by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) asks recipients to sign the message and send it to others.

Updated: 6th December 2011

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Hotel Key Card Security Risk Hoax

Email forward claims that sensitive personal information such as credit card numbers is routinely encoded on electronic hotel key cards and this represents a security risk to hotel guests.

Updated: 3rd December 2011

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Hoax - Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month

Message warns recipients that cell phone numbers are set to be released to telemarketing companies this month and that consumers will be charged for incoming calls from these companies. The message urges people to register on the Do Not Call list to have their cell phone numbers blocked from such calls.

Published: 2nd December 2011

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Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck

Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.

Published:1st December 2011

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Free Facebook Credits Survey Scam

Message appearing on Facebook Walls claims that the user can get 5000 Facebook credits for free just by following a link in the post.

Published: 30th November 2011

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Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Warning

Warning message claims that 70 dogs have died from eating chicken jerky treats from China.

Published: 29th November 2011

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Bogus Warning - 'BBQ Enthusiast' Avatar on Cafe World is a Trojan Horse Virus

Message circulating on Facebook warns Cafe World users not to click on an avatar named "BBQ ENTHUSIAST" because it is a "trojan horse virus".

Published: 28th November 2011

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Prayer Request For Karen Perry

Social media message asks users to offer prayers for Karen Perry who lost all three of her children in a plane crash in November 2011.

Published: 28th November 2011

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Bogus Warning - Scammers Asking for Baby Details to Claim Benefits in Your Children's Names

Warning circulating on Facebook claims that mothers are being asked to post details of their children, such as name, birth date and weight at birth, so that scammers can falsely claim benefits in the children's names.

Published: 24th November 2011

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False Claim - Cardiff City Football Club Refused to Donate Club Shirt for Fallen Soldier's Coffin

Protest message circulating via social media claims that Cardiff City football club refused to donate a club shirt to place in the coffin of Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, a soldier killed in Afghanistan despite a request for a shirt from the soldier's family.

Published: 24th November 2011

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Facebook Account Reported Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook account has been reported for annoying or insulting other users and will be disabled if he or she does not confirm account details within 24 hours.

Published: 23rd November 2011

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Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users not to install the "Christmas tree app" because it is a destructive trojan virus.

Updated: 23th November 2011

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Sears Supports Reservist Employees Email Forward

Messages circulating via email and social media claim that Sears is paying salary differences and maintaining benefits for its reservist employees even though they are not required by law to do so.

Updated: 22nd November 2011

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False Claim - Colour Photographs of Hitler Taken by American Life Photographer

Email forward that features a series of colour photographs depicting the life and times of Adolf Hitler before and during the 2nd World War claims that the pictures were snapped by an American photographer working for Life magazine, who subsequently disappeared. According to the message, the images were lost for 70 years before they were discovered by a nurse at a Berlin hospital and eventually returned to Life.

Published: 22nd November 2011

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Budweiser Frogs Virus Hoax

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

Updated: 22nd November 2011

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Phone Text Message Lottery Scams

Phone text (SMS) messages claim that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery or promotion.

Updated: 21st November 2011

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Skype TopUp Payment PayPal Phishing Scam

Email notifies the recipient that a Skype TopUp payment of 69.99 GBP has been made via his or her PayPal account.

Published: 18th November 2011

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Hoax - Mark Zuckerberg Blames Facebook Porn Attack on the Philippines

Message, purporting to be a statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claims that security experts at Facebook have traced the origin of the recent Facebook pornographic spam attack to the Philippines. It warns that users in the Philippines will be banned from Facebook if they do not stop sending the spam across the network.

Published: 18th November 2011

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Recent Facebook Porn Attack Highlights Dangers of Misleading 'Security' Warnings

For two or three frantic days in November, 2011, many Facebook News Feeds were hit by a wave of pornographic and violent images.This article is not about the spam attack itself but about how a series of inaccurate and misleading 'hacker' and 'virus' warnings, that circulated the network well before the attack, contributed greatly to the general confusion, and ultimately, just made matters worse.

Published: 17th November 2011

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False - Send Christmas Cards for Recovering Soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Circulating messages claims that people can send Christmas cards to recovering soldiers in the UK via the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Published: 17th November 2011

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Starbucks Coffee Free Gift Card Survey Scam

Emails and Facebook posts claim that Starbucks is giving away free gift cards and instruct users to click a link to claim their prize.

Published:16th November 2011

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Facebook 'Virus' Warning - 'Nobody can watch this for more than 15 seconds' Video

Message circulating on Facebook warns users that, if they receive a video titled "Nobody can watch this for more than 15 seconds", they should delete it because the video is a virus that will allow their Facebook accounts to be hacked.

Published: 15th November 2011

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Hoax - Albany Bread Poisoned by Staff

Message circulating via email and social media warns South African consumers not to buy Albany Bread because it has been poisoned by disgruntled staff.

Published: 14th November 2011

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PayPal 'Verify to Resolve Account Limitations' Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from PayPal, claims that the recipient's account has been limited and that he or she must login via a link in the message to resolve the issue.

Published: 11th November 2011

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Shark's Love for Man Hoax

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

Updated: 11th November 2011

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

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

Updated: 10th November 2011

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Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam

Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.

Published: 9th November 2011

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False Warning - Red Dot Inside a Red Square On Chocolate Bars Indicates That Product Contains A Pork Derivative

Message warns Muslims that the presence of a symbol comprising a red dot inside a red square on the packaging of some chocolate bars indicates that the product contains gelatin derived from pork.

Published: 7th November 2011

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IT Service Desk 'Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from "IT Service Desk" claims that, due to a scheduled maintenance & upgrade, the user must reply with his or her email username and password to avoid service disruptions.

Published: 5th November 2011

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Abandoned Two Week Old Sydney Baby Prayer Request

Circulating social media message outlines the case of a two week old baby abandoned in a Sydney house. The message asks for prayers for the recovery of the baby and requests that users repost it if they are against child abuse.

Published: 5th November 2011

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Protest Message - Prison Sentence for Spray Painting Poppy on Mosque

Social media driven protest message cites the apparent unfair disparity in sentences handed out to a Muslim man who defaced a war memorial, another Muslim who burned a poppy at a Remembrance Day ceremony and two non-Muslim men who spray painted a poppy on a Mosque.

Published: 4th November 2011

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Child Abuse Protest Message - Child Being Stepped on Photograph

Facebook driven protest message that features a disturbing image of a small child being stepped on by a grown man, asks users who are against child abuse to "like" and "share" the message.

Published: 3rd November 2011

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Protest Message - Dog Named 'Parrot' Shot by Police

Message circulating via social media decries the public and seemingly unjustified, shooting of a dog named "Parrot" by a police officer.

Published: 3rd November 2011

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Live Ants In The Brain Hoax

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

Updated: 1st November 2011

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Inaccurate Protest Message - Poundland and Bodyshop Banning Staff From Wearing Poppies

Circulating protest message claims that UK based stores Poundland and BodyShop have banned their staff from wearing Remembrance Day poppies.

Published: 1st November 2011

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StubHub Phishing Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from ticket buying and selling marketplace StubHub, supposedly provides order details for the purchase of tickets to a boxing match in Las Vegas.y

Published: 28th October 2011

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Facebook 'Add Pink Tinge to Your Profile' Virus Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns uses that an app that adds a pink tinge to your profile as a way of raising money for cancer actually installs a "keylogger malware" on your computer.

Published: 25th October 2011

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Hoax - UNICEF Receives 5 Euros Every Time You Share a Picture

Social Media driven message claims that every time you share a picture included with the message, UNICEF will receive 5 Euros to help starving children in Africa.

Published: 25th October 2011

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Image of Police Officer Macing a Child

Circulating message that contains a photograph of a police officer spraying mace at a young girl asks recipients to repost the information in the hope that the officer can be identified and dealt with.

Published: 24th October

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Hoax - SPCA South Africa is Closing Down

Email forward claims that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in South Africa is about to close down.

Published: 22nd October 2011

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Facebook '1 Lost Message' Pharmacy Spam Email

Email purporting to be a notification from Facebook claims that the recipient has 1 lost message that can be retrieved by clicking a link.

Published: 21st October 2011

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Energy Saver Globe Warning Message - Mercury Exposure Foot Injury Images

Circulating messages that contain graphic images of a severe foot injury claim that the injury was caused by mercury exposure after the victim stepped on a broken energy saving globe (CFL).

Published: 21st October 2011

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Free Heart Surgery for Children - Facebook Share

Message circulating on Facebook claims that free of cost heart surgery for children is available at a Bangalore hospital and that users should share the post to help spread the word.

Published: 19th October 2011

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Brighton Area 'Black or Dark Blue Dodge Caravan' Child Abduction Rumour

Message circulating rapidly via social media warns parents in Ontario's Brighton area about an abduction attempt in which a 10 year old child was used to lure a school child towards a black or dark blue Dodge Caravan.

Published: 15th October 2011

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Hoax Warning - 300km Winds for Johannesburg Region This Weekend

Email forward warns that winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour are set to strike the Johannesburg region this weekend.

Published: 14th October 2011

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Bogus Windows Firewall and Security Center Update Email Links To Malware

Email purporting to be from Microsoft Canada instructs recipients to click a link in order to download and install a high priority security update for the Microsoft Windows Firewall and Security Center.

Published: 13th October 2011

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Facebook Prayer Request For Baby Found in the Bin

Message circulating via Facebook asks users to say a prayer for a baby that was found in a bin and was being eaten by ants.

Published: 12th October 2011

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Bill Cosby - 'I'm 76 and I'm Tired'

Circulating diatribe that condemns the conduct of Muslims and blames many of the world's ills on poor and lazy people is attributed to US comedian Bill Cosby.

Published: 7th October 2011

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Hoax - Collect Bottle Caps For Free Cancer Chemotherapy Treatment

Circulating messages request people to save all types of bottle caps because the caps can be exchanged for free cancer treatment for children.

Published:22nd September 2011

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Jordon Mills Prayer Request

Circulating social media message ask users to pray for the recovery of Jordon Mills. According to the message, Jordon is currently in intensive care due to "Chrons" and is in need of a miracle.

Published: 22nd September 2011

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Bogus Facebook Virus Warning - 'Pornographic Movies Posted On Our Behalf'

Message circulating on Facebook warns that hackers are posting pornographic movies on the walls of Facebook users without their knowledge and that people should not open these movies because they are viruses.

Published: 20th September 2011

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Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error. The messages instruct recipient to open an attached file to read more information about the package.

Published: 19th September 2011

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'Your Credit Card is Blocked' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from credit card providers claim that the recipient's credit card has been blocked due to a suspicious withdrawal. The messages instruct the recipient to open an attached file to view more detailed information.

Published: 19th September 2011

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Bob Katter and the 'Labor Party's Worst Nightmare' Polemic

A widely circulated political diatribe that discusses perceived problems with modern Australian social and political life is attributed to conservative independent MP Bob Katter.

Published: 15th September 2011

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Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top

Email claims that a woman died after catching Leptospirosis from dried rat urine on the lid of a soda can.

Updated: 15th September 2011

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Australian Taxation Office 'New Rules' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claim that new rules for ABN numbers are being introduced and that recipients should follow a link in the message to access more information about the changes.

Published: 15th September 2011

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Western Union 'Money Transfer' Trojan Email

Email purporting to be from Western Union claims that the recipient has "received a remittance" and should open an attached file to access more information about a supposed money transfer.

Published: 14th September 2011

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Are UK Companies Required by Law To Transfer 0800 Callers to UK Based Reps If Requested?

Circulating message claims that UK residents who contact a company via a 0800 phone number and find that they are talking to an overseas customer service representative can ask to be transferred to a UK based representative, thereby helping to create more UK jobs. According to the message, there is a law requiring companies to make such a call transfer if requested by a customer.

Published: 14th September 2011

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'New Antivirus Update for Windows' Scam Email

Email claims that a new version of "Antivirus 2011 for Windows" is available and urges recipients to follow a link to download the update.

Published: 12th September 2011

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Sleazy Online Dating Emails Carry Malware

Series of sleazy emails purporting to be from an adult orientated website, claim that recipients can view photographs of available girls by opening an attached file.

Published:8th September 2011

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Amy Bruce Charity Hoax Revisited

Message circulating via social media claims that 7 year old cancer sufferer Amy Bruce will receive £7 from the Make-A-Wish Foundation every time the information is reposted.

Published: 8th September 2011

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Farmville White Gift Box Virus Warning Hoax

Facebook message warns Farmville players not to open a white gift box surrounded by blue lace because it is a virus.

Published: 5th September 2011

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UEFA EURO 2012 Email Draw Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to from organizers at UEFA EURO 2012 claims that the recipient has won one million pounds in an email address draw performed at UEFA headquarters.

Published: 2nd September 2011

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Harly A. Andrews Prayer Request

Social media driven message asks users to pray for five year old Harly A. Andrews. According to the message, Harly was hit by a car and is in intensive care.

Published: 31st August 2011

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Circulating Health Warning: Beware of Little White and Black Caterpillars

Message circulating via social media and email warns people to watch out for little white and black caterpillars because numerous kids have experienced reactions and rashes after touching them.

Published: 30th August 2011

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Hoax: Picture of Shark Swimming in Flooded Street After Hurricane Irene

Message claims that an attached image depicts a shark swimming down a flooded street in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of August 2011's Hurricane Irene.

Published: 29th August 2011

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ACH Payment Canceled Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the Automated Clearing House (ACH) claims that a recent payment made by the recipient has been canceled and that he or she should open an attached file to review details.

Published: 26th August 2011

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Amazon Account Review Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Amazon.co.uk claims that, due to a recent review, access to the recipient's account has been limited until more account information is supplied via an attached form.

Published: 26th August 2011

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'May God Bless This Kind Person' Spyware Hacker Warning Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users to watch out for a post that says "MAY GOD BLESS THIS KIND PERSON BELOW WITH PEACE, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS" because it is a "spyware hacker" that can steal all information from affected Facebook accounts and use it for "bad purposes".

Published: 25th August 2011

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Protest Message - First Responders Not Invited to 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Ceremony

Protest message circulating via social media decries the fact that first responders to the 9/11 disaster have not been invited to the tenth anniversary 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Published: 25th August 2011

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Diego Mendez Prayer Request

Message circulating via social media asks recipients to offer prayers for the recovery of five year old Diego Mendez. According to the message, the child is in intensive care after a TV fell on his head.

Published: 25th August 2011

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'Numerous Spams Activities from a Foreign IP' Webmail Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's email account has been reported for sending spam and that he or she must follow a link and confirm account ownership or the account will be suspended.

Published: 24th August 2011

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Hoax - Professional Hacker 'Faceb Hu' Taking Control Of Computers Via Friend Requests

"Urgent" Facebook message warns uses to watch out for a user called FACEB HU because he is a professional hacker who can take control of your computer if you accept - or even reject - his friend request.

Published: 19th August 2011

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Fake Child Abduction Alert - Three Year Old Missing from Wollongong

Alert circulating via social media and email claims that a three year old girl was kidnapped in the NSW city of Wollongong by someone driving a white van with a ladder on the back.

Published: 18th August 2011

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Grand Canyon Leap

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

Updated: 16th August 2011

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Request to Change Facebook Status to Support Injured Biker George

Widely circulated Facebook message asks users to copy and share a status message as a show of support for injured motorcyclist "George".

Published: 16th August 2011

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Bogus Health Warning - Scratch Card 'Silver Nitro Oxide' Coating Causes Skin Cancer

Message warns people not to use fingernails to scratch off the coating on scratch tickets because the coating contains a substance called "Silver Nitro oxide" that can cause skin cancer.

Published: 11th August 2011

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Krista Marie Brain Cancer Hoax

Message claims that AOL will donate money to help newborn baby Nathalie battle brain cancer. Donations are supposedly based on how often the email is forwarded.

Updated: 10th August 2011

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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: 10th August 2011

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Bogus 'Free Items for Participating' Facebook Events

Numerous Events being promoted on Facebook claim that users who agree to attend and invite all of their friends will receive free shirts, shoes, iPhones or a host of other items.

Published: 5th August 2011

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Overblown and Outdated Warning - Facebook Instant Personalization

Message circulating on Facebook warns that between today and tomorrow, a new, automatically enabled, Facebook Privacy setting goes into effect that will share Facebook data with non Facebook websites.

Published: 5th August 2011

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HM Revenue & Customs Income Tax Repayment Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from the UK's HM Revenue & Customs, claims that the recipient has paid too much income tax and should follow a link to arrange a refund.

Updated: 3rd August 2011

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Drano Bottle Bomb Warning Message

Circulating message claims that dangerous bottle bombs made from Drano and tin foil are being left on lawns, mail boxes, driveways and other places where they can potentially cause serious injury to unsuspecting people who pick them up.

Published: 3rd August 2011

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Hotel "Wrong Transaction" Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from various hotels in the United States claim that a "wrong transaction" has been discovered on the user's credit card and that he or she should fill in an attached refund form to allow return of the funds.

Published: 3rd August 2011

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Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" because it will launch an "Olympic torch" virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.

Published: 3rd August 2011

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Warning - ALDI External 4-in-1 Hard Drive Contains Built In Malware

Circulating warnings claim that a 4-in-1 Hard Drive device sold at Australian ALDI stores contains malware.

Published: 2nd August 2011

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Unfounded Rumour - Facebook Friend Request Warning - People Trying to Access Photos of Children

"Urgent" message circulating on Facebook warns users not to accept friend requests from Ponce Martin, Lorraine Miyama, Dario Murgiondo, Montaldo G, Blue Belen, Julieta Montaldo, Jester Fan, Luly Carbal or Martina Di Stefano because these people are trying to access photos of children.

Published: 29th July 2011

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Massive Mound of Writhing Rattle Snakes

Message claims that attached photographs show a large mass of rattle snakes emerging from a den at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas.

Published: 29th July 2011

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eBay 'Trusted Selling with Identity Confirmation' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from John Canfield of eBay Trust & Safety claims that eBay is implementing a new safety initiative called Trusted Selling with Identity Confirmation and members must therefore follow a link to update their password and other account information.

Published: 28th July 2011

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Kidney Stealing Hoax

Email warns that medically trained criminals are stealing kidneys from living victims to sell on the black market.

Updated: 27th July 2011

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FB Security "Hacker" and "Virus" Warning

Alert circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a message claiming to be from FB Security because it is a "hacker" and a "virus".

Published: 20th July 2011

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Advance Fee Scam - Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes Online Lottery

Message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, claims that the recipient has won $1,000,000 in the Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes online lottery.

Published: 14th July 2011

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Hugh Hefner is NOT Dead - R.I.P. Hugh Hefner Facebook Virus Warning Hoax

Warning message circulating on Facebook advises users not to click on the R.I.P. Hugh Hefner page because it is a virus. Hefner is not dead as claimed in recent Internet rumours.

Published: 13th July 2011

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Wrench 3D Printing Viral Video

Viral YouTube Video purportedly depicts an adjustable wrench being 'replicated' via a 3D printer.

Published: 13th July 2011

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Fake News Report Falsely Claims Mark Zuckerberg Arrested for Child Molestation

Circulating message couched as a news report claims that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been arrested on child molestation charges.

Published: 12th July 2011

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Shutdown Cell Phone Virtual Kidnapping Scam Warning

Circulated warning claims that people are receiving calls from criminals posing as phone service provider staff who ask them to shut down their cell phones because of an impending update. According to the message, while the victims are thus out of contact because their phones are shut down, the criminals launch a virtual kidnapping scam on their families.

Published: 11th July 2011

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Facebook 'Virus' Warning - Girl in a Plaid Skirt

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users to watch out for a post showing a girl in a plaid skirt because it is a virus.

Published: 10th July 2011

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Credit Card Overdue Malware Email

Email claims that the recipient's credit card is overdue and that he or she should open an attached file to review a financial statement.

Published: 9th July 2011

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Mobile Phone Misinformation - XALAN and #90 Hoax

Email warning claims that a scammer can take over your mobile phone if you key in #90. The message also claims that a phone virus is circulating that can erase the SIM card of the infected mobile phone.

Updated: 8th July 2011

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Hoax: Nadia Comaneci's Gymnast Granddaughter Viral Video

Message claims that a circulating video of a gifted young gymnast depicts the granddaughter of famous Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci.

Published: 7th July 2011

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'Facebook Has Sent You a Message' Pharmacy Spam

Seemingly official email purporting to be from Facebook Support, asks you to click a link to receive a message.

Published: 6th July 2011

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'Uniform Traffic Ticket' Malware Email

Email claiming to be a notification of a traffic ticket for speeding from the New York State Police urges the recipient to print out the ticket contained in an attached file and post it to the Town Court.

Published: 6th July 2011

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IRS 'Unable To Process Your Tax Return' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that the recipient's tax return was not able to be processed and that he or she should fill out and return forms contained in an attached file in order to rectify the problem.

Published: 5th July 2011

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Nestle Banana Baby Food Recall Warning

The warning is derived from a genuine recall, but, in its current form, it is misleading and inaccurate. It is true that Nestle France has voluntarily recalled a specific batch of "P'tit Pot" banana baby food as a precaution due to possible broken glass contamination. However, the problem is confined to one batch and affects a product that is sold only in France.

Published: 5th July 2011

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Alert From Facebook Security Team Phishing Scam

Message, purporting to be from the Facebook Security Team, claims that the recipient’s Facebook account may have been compromised and that he or she must follow a link to verify account details within 12 hours or risk having the account permanently suspended.

Published: 30th June 2011

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Dollar Bills Stamped With 'NO GOD BUT ALLAH'

Circulating message warns that Muslims are stamping the slogan "NO GOD BUT ALLAH" beneath the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" on American dollar bills. The message includes a photograph depicting such a defaced note.

Published: 29th June 2011

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Amazing Hand Paintings – The Work of Artist Guido Daniele

Circulating message features a series of images showing wonderfully detailed depictions of birds and animals painted on human hands.y

Published: 27th June 2011

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F-Secure ‘Security Maintenance’ Password Phishing Scam

Message, purporting to be from "WebEmail Support" claims that the recipient must reply with his or her email account address and password so that the account can be made more secure by implementing F-Secure ® HTK4S anti-virus/anti-spam.

Published: 27th June 2011

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No Ordinary Bus - Robert Mugabe's Luxury Bus Protest Message

Protest message claims a series of attached photographs depict a luxuriously appointed coach that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe bought himself despite the dire economic straits that nation is currently enduring.

Published: 25th June 2011

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Rugby World Cup Advance Fee Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won one million dollars in a lottery promotion operated by the governing body of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Published: 25th June 2011

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South African Giant Rats Risk Alert

Circulating email claims that an alert has been issued in South Africa regarding a dangerous infestation of African Giant Pouched Rats, which are thought to be responsible for the recent deaths of two young children in townships.

Published: 23rd June 2011

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McDonald's 'Free Dinner Day' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from fast food giant McDonald's claims that the recipient can print out an attached invitation to receive a "Free Dinner Day" meal on June 26, 2011.

Published: 22nd June 2011

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Overblown Facebook Warning: Remove All Profile Pics With Kids

Message warns Facebook users that they should remove any profile picture containing children because people are stealing such pictures and using them in sex advertisements. A later version tacks on an example Facebook page where such activities are supposedly taking place.

Published: 21st June 2011

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Exhibit B-5 Viral Video - Girl Gets Hit By Car After Prank Goes Wrong

A viral video apparently depicts a prank turned deadly in which a young woman gets hit and killed by a car as she runs terrified from her house after a friend poses as a masked intruder.

Published: 21st June 2011

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Sheikh Zayed House Hoax

Message claims that a series of attached images depict, not a hotel as the viewer might first assume, but the vast and luxurious house of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates.

Published: 17th June 2011

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Lightning Storm Meets Volcanic Eruption Photos

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

Updated: 15th June 2011

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Facebook Warning - Applications Sending Porno Messages in Your Name

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns that some applications are sending out pornographic messages in your name. The message warns that you should not open any message claiming that someone answered a question about you because it is a virus.

Published: 15th June 2011

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Paypal 'Strange IP from a Different Location' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Paypal, claims that the customer must verify account information because a "strange ip from a different location" attempted to login and account access has therefore been limited for security reasons.

Published: 14th June 2011

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Black Van Child Abduction Alert - Number Plate Ending With 03A

Abduction alert message circulating via social media warns that the driver of a black van with a number plate ending in 03A is trying to lure children into his vehicle by telling them they have won an iPod.

Published: 8th June 2011

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'New Way to Hack Your Face Book' Warning Message

Message circulating on Facebook warns uses to watch out for notifications that say a friend has commented on your status because links in the notifications lead to a fake Facebook page that will steal login details.

Published: 7th June 2011

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Western Union 'Too Many Login Attempts' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from money wire service Western Union claims that the recipient's account has been locked due to "multiple failed login attempts" and that the recipient must login via a link in the message and answer questions in order to restore account access.

Published: 6th June 2011

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Direct TV Treatment of Joplin Tornado Victims Protest Message

Widely circulated message claims that victims of the Joplin tornado who call to cancel their DIRECTV service due to the destruction of their homes are being told to send in their remote control or box or pay a fine of $500. The message asks recipients to boycott DIRECTV in protest.

Published: 4th June 2011

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Diversity Visa Lottery Green Card Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won a United States Permanent Resident Card through Diversity Visa Lottery but is required to pay processing fees via Western Union before the visa can be issued.

Published: 4th June 2011

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Becoming a Father or Mother Facebook Group Pedophile Warning Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to join the group titled "becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life" because it is operated by a group of pedophiles intent on accessing your Facebook photographs.

Updated: 3rd June 2011

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Elephant 'Road Rage' in South Africa

Circulating message claims that a series of attached photographs depict a case of South African road rage in which a large elephant pushed a car off the side of a rural road and subsequently flipped it over.

Published: 31st May 2011

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Carrie Zucker Missing Person Alert (Real Case)

Messages circulating via social media state that 21 year old Carrie Zucker is missing.

Published: 31st May 2011

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Inaccurate Message Claims That Missing Joplin Tornado Kids at Children's Mercy, KC

Message circulating via social media claims that Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City is currently housing children missing from the Joplin Tornado and advises tornado victims looking for their kids to contact the hospital.

Published: 26th May 2011

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Hotmail Account Deactivation Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from Hotmail, claims that, due to several unsuccessful login attempts, the recipient's Hotmail account will be deactivated within 24 hours unless he or she logs in via an "activation link".

Published: 20th May 2011

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Fake Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Howard Hertzberg' Because Its a Virus

Message circulating via social networks and email warns users not to add somebody called Howard Hertzberg to their friend list because it is a virus.y

Published: 20th May 2011

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Exer-Hide Dog Chew Warning Message

Circulating message warns that a dog chew called Exer-Hide sold at Walmart and other outlets has caused seizures and deaths in dogs that have been given the product.

Published: 20th May 2011

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Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale

The video is not real footage and the man was not eaten by the killer whale. In fact, the video is a TV ad for La Sirena, a retail chain located in the Dominican Republic.

Published: 19th May 2011

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Picture of Huge King Brown Snake in Branxton NSW

Message that contains an image showing a very large snake, claims that the snake is a King Brown found in Branxton, NSW, Australia.y

Published: 18th May 2011

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Dislike Button Virotrex Virus Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on links about a Dislike Button, because doing so will install a virus called Virotrex that will steal private information from the infected computer.

Published: 18th May 2011

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Dueling Banjos Hoax

Message claims that the "Dueling Banjos" scene from the movie "Deliverance" was not part of the original script but showed a real incident caught on film when guitar player Ronnie Cox and a local intellectually disabled boy engaged in a spontaneous musical interaction after the film crew stopped at an isolated gas station.

Published: 16th May 2011

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Advance Fee Scam - Prince William and Princess Catherine Worldwide Galore Promotion

Email purporting to be from Buckingham Palace claims that the recipient has been randomly selected as the winner of a substantial sum of money in a charitable promotion organized by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

Published: 12th May 2011

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UPS Uniforms Hoax

Message claims that a large quantity of UPS uniforms has recently been bought on eBay and that the uniforms could be used by criminals or terrorists posing as delivery drivers.

Updated: 11th May 2011

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Trees Cocooned in Spider Webs After Pakistan Floods

Circulating message claims that a series of attached photographs show trees cocooned in spider webs after millions of spiders climbed up into trees to take refuge from floods in Pakistan.

Published: 11th May 2011

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Osama Bin Laden Virus Emails

Emails claim that Osama Bin Laden has been captured or hanged and ask recipients to open an attachment or follow a link for more information

Updated: 10th May 2011

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FBI 'You Visit Illegal Websites' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the FBI claims that the recipient has been logged visiting illegal websites and is required to answer a list of questions contained in an attached file.

Published: 10th May 2011

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Facebook "Virus Warning" - BBC Video Of Bin Laden Killing

Message circulating on Facebook warns uses to watch out for a BBC video showing the killing of Osama Bin Laden because it is a virus.

Published: 3rd May 2011

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Pointless Warning Message - Facebook About to Become Owner of Your Private Photos

Message circulating on Facebook warns users that on "Friday", Facebook will become owner of the publishing rights of all their private photos.

Published: 29th April 2011

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Water Bottle Car Fire Warning

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

Updated: 27th April 2011

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Unfounded Facebook Rumour- Bob Howard Pedophile Warning

Circulating Facebook message warns that a 48 year old pedophile named Bob Howard is posing as a 14 year old on Facebook in order to make contact with children.

Published: 28th April 2011

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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.

Updated: 27th April 2011

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Hoax News Report - Japan to End Whaling

A report circulating via social media, email, and even some news outlets claims that Japan is stopping all of its whaling activities, effective immediately.

Published:20th April 2011

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Tsunami Deep Sea Creatures Email

Email with a number of attached photographs of strange deep-sea creatures claims that the creatures were washed up as a result of the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami. A much earlier version claimed that the creatures were washed up after the December 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami.

Updated: 20th April 2011

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Facebook 'Trojan' Warning - Girl Who Killed Herself In Front Of Web Cam Video

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click links to a video of a girl who killed herself in front of her web cam because the video is a trojan that will attack your computer.

Published: 19th April 2011

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Visa Card Violated Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be an alert from Visa Europe claims that the recipient's Visa card has been violated and that he or she should follow a link to validate card details.

Published: 19th April 2011

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Facebook 'Virus' Alert - Twilight the Movie Link 'Worst Virus Ever' According to Facebook and CNN

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a link to a game related to Twilight the Movie "Breaking Dawn" because it has been reported by Facebook and CNN as the worst virus ever.

Published: 18th April 2011

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Facebook New Viruses Warning Message

Warning message circulating around Facebook claims that there are five new viruses on Facebook that users should watch out for.

Published: 15th April 2011

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Facebook "Your Password is Not Safe" Malware Email

Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been automatically changed because the previous password was not safe.

Published: 13th April 2011

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Facebook Non Secure Browsing Warning

Message warns that Facebook has automatically set itself to the non-secure browsing setting and advises uses that they can get "hacked" if they see "http:" instead of "https:" in the address of their Facebook page. The message explains how to set Facebook to secure browsing.

Published: 13th April 2011

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Facebook Rogue App Survey Scam - BBC News Check What She Did on Cam

"BBC News" messages appearing on Facebook that include an image of a young woman suggest that users click a link to "check what she did on cam".

Published: 12th April 2011

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Inaccurate Warnings Claim ALL 'bit.ly' Links Are Suspect and Should not be Clicked

Various messages circulating on Facebook advise users to never click on bit.ly links because they all point to viruses, rogue applications or malicious websites. Some of the warnings suggest that the incusing of a "bit.ly" link from a friend is an indication that they have been "hacked".

Published: 11th April 2011

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Prayer Request for Injured Soldier Tony Mullis

Message circulating via social media asks recipients to offer prayers for 20 year old soldier Tony Mullis, who was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan.

Published: 8th April 2011

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Fake Order Notification Emails Carry PDF Exploit

Emails purporting to be from various organizations, including Broadcast Music, Puremobile, Bobijou and Warner Music, claim to be order notifications about recent purchases and advise recipients to open an attached PDF to review purchase information.

Published: 6th April 2011

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Do Circulating Photographs Show a Mass Fish Death In California Caused by the Japanese Tsunami?

Title of a message circulating via email and social media suggests that a mass fish death in California depicted in a series of attached photographs was caused by the Japanese tsunami of March, 2011.

Published: 5th March 2011

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Amber Alert Hoax - Fake '72B 381' Abduction Alert Continues To Circulate

"Amber Alert" message circulating via social media and email claims that a three year old child has been kidnapped by a man driving a grey car with the license plate 72B 381.

Published: 31st March 2011

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"Photo U Got Tagged In" Rogue App

Message posted via Facebook asks recipients if they have seen a photo they were tagged in and includes a link that supposedly allows them to view the photograph

Published: 27th March 2011

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False Virus Warning - Do Not Add "Smartgrrl15" Because Its a Virus

Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "SMARTGRRL15" to their friend list because it is a virus.

Published: 25th March 2011

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New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work

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

Updated: 25th March 2011

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Bogus Hacker Warning - &#039 Between First and Second Names in Facebook Chat

Message claims that if the characters "&#039" appear between the first and second names of the friends listed in your Facebook chat, it means that they have been hacked. It further warns that if you try to chat with these hacked friends, you will also be open to attack.

Published: 24th March 2011

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Little Rupert The One Pound Deer

Message claims that attached photographs depict "Rupert", a one pound deer that was delivered by caesarean section at a wildlife hospital after his mother was killed by a car.

Published: 24th March 2011

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Internet Rumour: Ramsgate Abduction Attempts - Man With Grey Hair & Glasses Driving a Red Car

Message circulating via social media claims that a man with grey hair & glasses driving a red car has been attempting to abduct children near schools in the Ramsgate (UK) area.

Published: 24th March 2011

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Pepsi Can Email Hoax

Message claims that a new Pepsi can is to feature the Pledge of Allegiance, but will omit the words "Under God".

Updated: 23rd March 2011

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Is Lemon A Cancer Killer That is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?

Message purporting to be from the Institute of Health Sciences in Baltimore claims that lemon is a "miraculous product" that can kill cancer cells, is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy, and is "a proven remedy against cancers of all types".

Published: 23rd March 2011

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Dog Comes Home With Deadly Snake Around His Snout

Message claims that an attached photograph shows Bronson, a black Labrador Retriever with a deadly copperhead snake wrapped around his snout.

Published: 22nd March 2011

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Modelling Agency Overpayment Scam

Emails claims that a modelling agency wishes to use your photograph for a billboard advertisement and ask that you reply to give approval for use of the image and to arrange payment.

Published: 21st March 2011

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Yahoo Account Phishing Scam Email

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

Updated: 17th March 2011

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Product Barcode Country Identification

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

Updated: 17th March 2011

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Japanese Tsunami 'Whale into Building' Clickjacking Scam

Message posted on Facebook supposedly links to information about a whale smashed into a building by the tsunami in Japan.

Published: 16th March 2011

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Fake BBC News Alert Warns of Radiation Rain in Asian Countries

Message purporting to be a news flash from the BBC, claims that rain contaminated with radiation leaked from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan may pose a danger to people living in Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Published: 16th March 2011

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Crocodile In Sugar Mill Sump

Message claims that an attached photograph depicts a large crocodile discovered in a sump at the Victoria sugar mill at Ingham, Queensland.

Published: 14th March 2011

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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: 14th March 2011

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White Van with Red Dragon Abduction Alert Messages

Various messages claim that a child has been abducted by someone driving a white van with a red dragon on it.

Published: 14th March 2011

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Hacker Warning Hoax - Do Not Accept Friend Requests From Bobby Roberts

Message warns people not to accept friend requests from Bobby Roberts because he is a hacker and his name will "destroy everything".

Published: 14th March 2011

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Free Blackberry Storm for Forwarding Hoax

Message claims that Blackberry is giving away free phones to those who forward the email to eight or more people.

Updated: 12th March 2011

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DHL Notification Malware Email

Email purporting to be from international mail delivery service DHL claims that a parcel has been sent to the recipient. The message advises the recipient to open an attached file to view the parcel tracking number and access more information about the delivery.

Published: 12th March 2011

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Facebook 'Virus Alert' - Charlie Sheen Found Dead

Message warns Facebook users to watch out for virus messages that claim that actor Charlie Sheen has been found dead at his home.

Published: 11th March 2011

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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.

Updated: 9th March 2011

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Crosses on the Beach at Santa Barbara - ACLU Suit Against Military Crosses And Prayer in the Military?

Prayer request message that includes information and photographs about the temporary military memorial at Santa Barbara, California claims that the ACLU has filed lawsuits to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed and completely stop prayer in the military.

Published: 9th March 2011

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Baby Pacey Moore Prayer Request

Message circulating via Facebook and Twitter asks recipients to pray for 3 month old Pacey Moore who was admitted to the Cabell Huntington Hospital with Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Published: 9th March 2011

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Bogus Warning - Australian Pythons and Venomous Snakes Are Interbreeding

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

Updated: 8th March 2011

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Slow Dance Charity Hoax

Email forward that features a poem called "Slow Dance" claims that the poem was written by a seriously ill young girl and that the American Cancer Society will donate money to help the child every time the message is forwarded.

Updated: 7th March 2011

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Buscopan Syrup Recall Warning

Message warns consumers that Buscopan Syrup with the expiry dates 10/2011, 04/2012, and 06/2012 has been recalled due to contamination.

Published: 7th March 2011

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Craigslist iPad Giveaway Survey Scam

Email purporting to be from Craig Newmark, creator of Craigslist, claims that the recipient has been randomly selected as the winner of an Apple iPad.

Published: 7th March 2011

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Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax

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

Updated: 2nd March 2011

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Scammers Exploit 'Facebook Closing Down' Hoaxes via Rogue Apps

Messages claim that Facebook is about to start closing accounts and that current users must follow a link to verify their accounts.

Published: 2nd March 2011

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July 2011 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays

Message claims that July 2011 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays and that this combination of days only occurs once in 823 years.

Published: 1st March 2011

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Money Laundering Scam - Christchurch Earthquake Charity Support Job

Email offers the recipient a job as charity support worker in which he or she would be required to receive and process donations to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake and keep a percentage of the donations as payment for the work.

Published: 23rd February 2011

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Greg Comer Prayer Chain Request

Message asks recipients to pray for Greg Comer who is battling cancer.

Published: 22nd February 2011

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AOL 'Billing Update Must be Performed' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from AOL claims that the recipient must follow a link to update account information or limitations will be placed on his or her AOL service.

Published: 22nd February 2011

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False Claim - Onions are Magnets for Bacteria

Circulating health warning claims that raw or leftover onions are poisonous because they are magnets for bacteria and are therefore not safe to eat.

Published: 22nd February 2011

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Telstra Bill Account Update Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra, claims that the company was unable to process a recent payment and the recipient is therefore required to click a link and update billing information or risk interruption to service.

Updated: 21st February, 2011

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

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

Updated: 21st February 2011

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The Fly in the Urinal - Schiphol Airport Toilet Aim Improvement Technique

Message claims that an attached image depicting a picture of a fly etched into the porcelain of a urinal at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport shows a technique implemented to improve the aim of men visiting the facilities there.

Published: 21st February 2011

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Blackberry Award Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from smartphone manufacturer Blackberry claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the Blackberry 12th Anniversary Awards.

Published: 19th February 2011

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Black in the White House Virus Hoax

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

Updated: 19th February 2011

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Overblown Warning - Phone Numbers Now On Facebook

Message circulating on Facebook warns that phone numbers belonging to all Facebook users are now being published on Facebook.

Published: 18th February 2011

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Flu Remedy Myth - Onions Absorb Viruses and Bacteria From a Room

Message claims that leaving onions around a room can absorb the flu virus along with bacteria that cause other illnesses thereby preventing people from becoming sick.

Published: 17th February 2011

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False Claim - Viral Video Shows 92 Year Old Ginger Rogers Dancing With Her Great Grandson

Message accompanying a viral video clip showing an elderly woman expertly dancing the salsa with a young man claims that the woman is none other than the famous Ginger Rogers shown dancing with her great grandson.

Published: 16th February 2011

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Derbyshire Fairy Hoax

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

Updated: 15th February 2011

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UK Post Office Online Reward Program Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Post Office United Kingdom claims that the recipient has received a cash reward via the Post Office United Kingdom Online Reward program. The recipient is instructed to follow a link in the message and enter his or her "bonus code" on a website form in order to claim the reward.

Published: 15th February 2011

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Analysis of a Hijacked Account Overpayment Scam - Boat and Trailer For Sale

Person agrees to purchase an expensive item advertised online such as a boat and trailer. The buyer advises the seller that he will be including an extra amount over and above the agreed price that he wishes the seller to wire to a third party to cover shipping costs.

Published: 15th February 2011

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Amber Alert Hoax - Mitsubishi Eclipse With Plate Number 98B351

Message purporting to be an Amber Alert claims that a three year old boy was taken by a man in Rochester MI driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse with the number plate 98B351.

Published: 14th February 2011

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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.

Updated: 14th February 2011

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Health Canada Warning - Over The Counter Drug Recall

Circulating message warns that Health Canada has advised consumers about a voluntary recall for six types of over-the-counter drugs due to possible contamination between product lines.

Published: 14th February 2011

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Tick Removal Advice - Liquid Soap Technique

Message advises that the best way to remove a tick is to cover it with liquid soap and wait for it to detach itself.

Published: 11th February 2011

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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.

Updated: 10th February 2011

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Does Rubbing Vicks VapourRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing?

Widely circulated message claims that rubbing Vicks VapourRub on the soles of your feet can stop coughing 100% of the time.

Published: 10th February 2011

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Facebook Grant Award Advance Fee Scam

Facebook message claims that the recipient has won a cash prize in the "Facebook Grant Award". The message instructs the recipient to follow a link to the award notification website to claim the prize.

Published: 10th February 2011

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Unsubstantiated Rumours Claim Michelle Obama is Pregnant

Circulating rumours claim that US First Lady Michelle Obama is pregnant with the couple's third child.

Published: 9th February 2011

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Post Express 'Incorrect Delivery Address' Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from "Post Express Support", claims that a package sent by the recipient has been returned because of incorrect delivery details. The email instructs the recipient to open an attached file to print out a mailing label.

Published: 9th February 2011

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Mike The Hacker Scam Emails

Emails purporting to be from a hacker named Mike claim that he has gained access to the recipient's computer and will pass on personal files to a woman who hired him unless the recipient contacts him to discuss withholding the files.

Published: 9th February 2011

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Prime Minister Howard - Muslims Out Of Australia

New version of this email forward claims that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard told the media that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country. It also claims that Gillard told Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law that they should get out of Australia.

Updated: 4th February 2011

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DVLA Update Driver's Licence Phishing Scam

Email purporting to from the UK's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) claims that the recipient must follow a link to update driver's licence details or risk cancellation of his or her licence.

Published: 4th February 2011

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McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from McDonald's, claims that recipients can get a $250 fee for filling in a short survey.

Updated: 28th January 2011

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Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'

Email purporting to be from Facebook Support claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been changed because spam was sent from the account. The recipient is instructed to open an attached file to retrieve the new password.

Published: 28th January 2011

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Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum

Protest email claims that the University of Kentucky is about to remove teachings of the Holocaust from its school curriculum because it could offend the Muslim population.

Published: 25th January 2011

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'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application

Message circulating on Facebook claims that the user can follow a link to see everyone who views his or her profile.

Updated: 25th January 2011

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2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111

Circulating message notes that if you add the last two digits of your birth year to the age that you will be this year you will come up with 111, a number significant in the year 2011 because it will have four dates that consist of multiples of the number 1, such as 11/11/11.

Published: 25th January 2011

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Parrot Flower Photographs

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

Updated: 24th January 2011

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False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps

Long running rumour claims that US Postal Service is about to destroy remaining African American Heritage stamps because not enough people are buying them.

Published: 24th January 2011

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Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian Internet Service Provider Bigpond, claims that, due to an upgrade of database servers, the recipient must reply with his or her login email address and password to ensure continued service.

Published: 24th January 2011

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Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

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

Updated: 10th January 2011

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DNA Test Kit Scam Warning

Circulating messages warn that supposedly free DNA test kits being sent out in the mail are part of a scam designed to steal money from recipients in the form of "processing fees" as well as to procure credit card details and other personal information.

Published: 10th January 2011

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Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs

Circulating warning messages claim that seven people have died after being exposed to anthrax in packages that were disguised as Tide detergent samples sent in the mail.

Published: 7th January 2011

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Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims

Circulating message claims to list instructions given to the Bedfordshire Police regarding police entry to Muslim households.

Published:7th January 2011

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Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Coca Cola claims that the recipient can receive $150 by following a link and filling out a short online survey.

Published: 5th January 2011

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Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth

Circulating stories claim that researchers at Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have discovered that three gigantic spaceships are currently heading towards Earth and will arrive in 2012.

Published: 5th January 2011

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'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application

Message circulating on Facebook claims to show the poster's "1st St@tus" message and claims that Facebook users can find their own first status post by following a link in the message.

Published: 4th January 2011

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Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be a question sent via eBay from a potential buyer, instructs the recipient to answer by clicking the "Respond Now" button.

Published: 4th January 2011

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Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message

Message spreading via Facebook warns about a "Trojan worm" called Knob Face and advisers recipients to avoid adding a user called "Smartgirl 15". It also warns users to watch out for links labelled "Barack Obama Clinton scandal".

Updated 4th January 2011

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