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Articles Published in 2012

This page lists Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2012.

Jason Derulo is NOT Dead

Circulating social media messages claim that entertainer Jason Derulo has died in a car accident.

Published: December 24, 2012

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Did Peter Garrett Present a Novel Alternative for The Dingo Problem?

Message claims that Australian Government minister Peter Garrett suggested catching and castrating male dingos as a more humane solution to controlling the dingo population before being put firmly in his place by an old sheep farmer in the audience.

Published: December 22, 2012

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Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax

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

Updated:December 22, 2012

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Is Facebook Trying to Get Users to Remove a Nativity Scene Picture?

Widespread protest message warns that Facebook is trying to get users to remove a circulating Nativity Scene image because it may be offensive to some viewers.

Published: December 22, 2012

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Telstra Bill Account Update Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra, claims that the company has detected a billing error or 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: December 18, 2012

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RuneScape 'Real World Trading Account Notice' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Jagex, owners of popular online game RuneScape, claims that recipients have violated the company's legal policies by trading virtual items outside of the game environment or transferring an account . The message warns that offending accounts will be disabled if recipients do not click a link and fill in a "security form".

Published: December 18, 2012

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Hoax - NASA Predicts Total Blackout of Planet in Dec 2012

Circulating message claims that NASA has predicted a total blackout of the planet for a three day period in December 2012 during which the universe will be aligned and the Earth will shift into another dimension.

Updated: December 13, 2012

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'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails

Email claims that you have received a secure message which can be read by opening an attached file.

Published: December 13, 2012

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Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus

Circulating messages ask users to send Christmas cards to seriously ill nine year old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Dalton Dingus of Kentucky, USA.

Published: December 13, 2012

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Jim Carrey is NOT Dead

Social media driven message claims that actor Jim Carrey died in a snowboarding accident in Sweden.

Published: December 12, 2012

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Australian Power & Gas 'Payment Receipt' Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from Australian Power & Gas claims that recipients can review details of a recent credit card transaction by opening an attached file.

Published: December 11, 2012

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Gmail 'Update Account' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from webmail provider Gmail claims that recipients must click a link to verify their accounts and update information or risk having the accounts permanently deleted.

Published: December 11, 2012

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Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor

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

Updated: December 11, 2012

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Holiday Horrors – Are Common Seasonal Decorations Toxic?

As every year comes to a close, persistent rumors make their annual appearance regarding the lethality of the common holiday plant, the Poinsettia. While largely overblown, there are other common seasonal decorative plants that are far more of a hazard to your 2- and 4- legged charges.

Published: December 10, 2012

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Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate

A site governance email discussing proposed updates to Facebook Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and inviting users to visit the Facebook Site Governance Page is currently being sent to Facebook users.

Published: December 6, 2012

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RapidFax Malware Email

Email purporting to be from fax to email service RapidFax claims that a received fax can be viewed by opening an attached file.

Published: December 5, 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get a free Bunnings Warehouse Gift Card valued at $500 by clicking a link in the post.

Published: December 5, 2012

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Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses

Circulating message asks recipients to help find new homes for 52 thoroughbred horses that must be rehoused urgently due to the death of their owner.

Updated: December 5, 2012

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Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph

Message featuring a photograph of horses sheltering under a giant table and chairs claims that the horse owner built the massive furniture after he was denied council permission to build a more traditional horse shelter.

Published: December 4, 2012

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Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead

Circulating social media message claims that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star John Cena has died of a head injury while practicing a wrestling stunt with a WWE co-star.

Updated: December 4, 2012

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Facebook 'Pirates' Fraud Warning

Circulating message warns of a new type of fraud on Facebook in which "pirates" copy profile photos, use them to create bogus accounts and then send friend requests in the name of the victims.

Published: December 4, 2012

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Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top

Leptospirosis is a real illness, but this message contains highly improbable and misleading information. The Leptospirosis Information Center dismisses the warning as fake.

Updated: December 3, 2012

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Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning

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

Updated: November 30, 2012

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'Assistance Internet' Email Account Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from an organization called "Assistance Internet" claims that all email account holders must verify their accounts by replying with their account details and other personal information.

Published: November 30, 2012

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Jetstar 'Flight Itinerary' Malware Email

Email purporting from Australian airline Jetstar, claims that recipients can view a flight itinerary by opening an attached file.

Published: November 29, 2012

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WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax

Circulating message claims that smartphone instant messaging application WhatsApp is about to start charging users for service but that this charge can be avoided by sending the same message to ten people.

Updated: November 29, 2012

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Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers

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

Updated: November 29, 2012

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Virgin Money 'Re-Confirm SiteKey' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from Virgin Money and styled as a Virgin Money Magazine claims that recipients must click a link to re-confirm their account SiteKey due to a recent database upgrade.

Published: November 28, 2012

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How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax

Message claims heart doctors recommend that recipients learn "Cough CPR", a procedure that involves vigorous coughing as a potential means of surviving a heart attack when alone.

Updated: November 28, 2012

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Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax

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

Updated: November 28, 2012

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Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'

Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a "Facebook Privacy Notice" as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network.

Updated: November 26, 2012

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Absurd Warning - 'LOL' stands for 'Lucifer Our Lord'

Messages circulating via social media advise users to stop using the abbreviation "LOL" because it stands for "Lucifer Our Lord' and including it in messages is actually endorsing Satan.

Published: November 26, 2012

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Bogus Prize Offers on Facebook - 'Like and Share To Win'

Various messages distributed on Facebook claim that users can win expensive prizes such as Apple products or designer headphones just by liking and sharing a Facebook Page.

Published: November 22, 2012

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Tesco Christmas Voucher Phishing Scam

Email claims that Tesco Bank is giving out free Tesco Christmas shopping vouchers to recipients who click a link to validate their account details.

Published: November 22, 2012

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DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax

Circulating message warns consumers not to drink any bottled water called "DEW" because it contains a poisonous chemical that has already killed 180 people in Nigeria.

Updated: November 21, 2012

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ANZ 'Reward for Loyal Customers' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from large Australian and New Zealand bank ANZ, claims that the bank is rewarding its most loyal customers by offering them a gift of $300. Recipients are instructed to click a link and supply login and other personal information to claim their gift.

Published: November 21, 2012

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Chase Paymentech 'Merchant Billing Statement' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from payment processing company Chase Paymentech claims that the recipient can view a Merchant Billing Statement by opening an attached file.

Published: November 20, 2012

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Undertaker - John Cena 'Bloodiest Fight Ever' Survey Scam

Message being distributed on Facebook claims WWE wrestler Undertaker suffered a severe head injury in a fight with fellow wrestler John Cena and invites users to click a link to view a video of this "bloodiest fight ever on WWE'.

Published: November 20, 2012

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Padlock on Facebook Home Page Hacker Warning Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users that if they see a "low security" alert with a padlock icon on the top right of their Facebook page, they should ignore it because answering security questions asked by the alert can give hackers access to their accounts.

Updated: November 20, 2012

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Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be a "Customer Satisfaction Survey" from Australian supermarket chain, Woolworths claims that the recipient can receive a $50 gift certificate just for clicking a link and participating in a short 5 question survey.

Updated: November 19, 2012

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Target 'Free Gift Voucher' Survey Scam

Message appearing on Facebook walls claims that users can get a free Target voucher worth $500 by clicking a link in the message.

Published: November 19, 2012

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Another Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages In Your Name

"Hacker alert" circulating on Facebook claims that, without your knowledge, hackers are posting insulting messages that appear to come from you on the walls of your friends.

Updated:November 19, 2012

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Fake Tsunami Warning 'News' Report Points to Malware

Email designed to resemble a news report claims that Australian earthquake and volcano experts have predicted that a massive tsunami will hit Australia on New Year's Eve. The message asks recipients to click a button to watch a video about the prediction.

Published: November 19, 2012

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Reserve Bank Of India Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Reserve Bank of India claims that all Indian bank customers must update their account details to accommodate a new security system.

Published: November 19, 2012

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Better Business Bureau 'Complaint Received' Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from the Better Business Bureau claims that a complaint has been received about the recipient. The recipient is advised to click a link and provide a response or risk cancellation of BBB accreditation status.

Updated: November 15, 2012

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More 2012 US Election Dissatisfaction: California’s Prop 37

There have been a number of inquiries emailed to Hoax-Slayer regarding the California’s Proposition 37, its apparent defeat, and claims of voter fraud in light of hundreds of thousands of uncounted votes days past the actual election.

Published: November 14, 2012

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Hoax - Texas Town Adds Sugar to Water Supply

Messages circulating via social media, blogs and forum posts claim that a town in Texas has added sugar to its water supply in an effort to encourage residents to drink more water.

Published: November 14, 2012

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Suncorp Bank '1 Unread Message' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Australian financial entity Suncorp, urges recipients to click a link to view an unread message in their online banking account.

Published: November 13, 2012

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US States Petition For Secession

Posts are currently being shared that include links to petitions and indicate a signature on those petitions will support certain states’ efforts to secede from the United States.

Published: November 13, 2012

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Survey Scam - Change Facebook to Black

Messages being sent out across Facebook invite users to click a link to change their Facebook profile to black or another color.

Published: November 13, 2012

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Missy, Dog Rescued From Colorado Mountain

Circulating message tells the story of Missy, a dog abandoned and left to die by her owners high on a Colorado mountain but later rescued by other hikers.

Published: November 12, 2012

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Adam Sandler is NOT Dead

Social media rumours claim that popular actor Adam Sandler has died.

Published: November 12, 2012

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Monkey Orchid

Circulating images are claimed to depict an orchid flower that resembles the face of a monkey or baboon.

Published: November 9, 2012

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Dangerous Hoax - 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'

Circulating health "tip" claims that pricking the fingers and earlobes of a stroke victim with a needle to release blood can save the victim's life and lead to a full and rapid recovery.

Published: November 6, 2012

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Hoax - Oliver North Warned Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987

Long circulated message claims that, while testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North warned questioning US senator Al Gore about a very dangerous Muslim terrorist named Osama bin Laden and recommended that an "assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth".

Published: November 5, 2012

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Facebook Rogue App/Survey Scam - Free $100 McDonald's Gift Card

Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free McDonald's gift card worth $100 by following a link in the message.

Published: November 5, 2012

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USPS Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) claims that a parcel could not be delivered due to an address error and instructs recipients to click a link to print out a shipping label.

Published: November 5, 2012

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Rumors Regarding FEMA and Hurricane Sandy

Following a natural disaster, and especially one affecting a densely populated area as happened with Hurricane Sandy, it has become almost standard operating procedure for scammers and con-men to take advantage of the situation.

Published: November 5, 2012

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Australia Day Name Change Hoax Targets Prime Minister Gillard

Vitriolic and abusive social media comments claim that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to change the name of Australia Day to "Citizens Day" in an attempt to pander to migrant groups.

Published: November 2, 2012

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Webmail Account Phishing Scam

Emails claim that recipients must confirm or re-validate their account by clicking a link or opening an attachment and providing username and password details or their webmail account will be permanently closed.

Updated: November 1, 2012

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Misinformation Regarding Straight Ticket Voting On 06 November 2012 US General Election

A currently circulating post claims that voting a Democratic straight party ticket excludes a vote for incumbent President Obama. The only state where that is true is North Carolina, and applies to straight ticket voting in general – not just Democrats. It has no relevance in any other state.

Published: November 1, 2012

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December 2012 - 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays

Circulating message claims that December 2012 will feature 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays, a combination of days that occurs only once every 823 years. The message claims that sending on the information will bring good luck to the sender.

Published: November 1, 2012

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Lil Wayne is NOT Dead

Social media driven messages claim that American rapper Lil Wayne has died of a drug overdose.

Published: November 1, 2012

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UN Observers at USA Polls? No – And The Real Observers Have Been Doing That Since 2002. They Also Don’t Wear Body Armour.

Recently circulated photos and posts accuse the Obama administration of bringing in UN troops to monitor polls during the 2012 general election (held on 06 November 2012). The observers are actually from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). OSCE is an intergovernmental organization and is independent of the United Nations. They have been observing major national elections in the US, by invitation of the US government, since the 2002 general election.

Published: October 26, 2012

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Post Circulating Rekindles a 1990’s Anti-Margarine Email

In the late 1990’s, an email was circulated extolling the virtues of butter v. the sins of margarine. Aside from the more preposterous claims (it killed the turkeys it was invented to feed), it was largely based on health effects of the products based on margarine being high in trans fatty acids.

Published: October 24, 2012

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Spiderman Window Cleaners Picture

Caption claims that a circulating image depicts window cleaners at a children's hospital dressed as Spiderman.

Published: October 24, 2012

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Rey Mysterio is NOT Dead

Message circulating on Facebook claims that WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio has died in a stunt gone wrong. The message includes a link that supposedly provides more information about the accident.

Published: October 20, 2012

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Urban Legend - NASA Scientists Discover Biblical 'Missing Day'

Long circulated message claims that detailed calculations performed by scientists at NASA identified a missing day in time, thus proving as fact the Biblical stories that God at one time made the sun stand still and on another occasion made the sun go backwards by ten degrees.

Published: October 19, 2012

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NASA JPL Twitter Account Retweets Anti-Romney Material

Messages circulating via social media claim that a number of anti-Romney messages were recently retweeted via the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Twitter account.

Published: October 19, 2012

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Does a Circulating Image Show A Rapist Coach Slashed by a Protective Mother?

Social media driven message claims that a mother who caught a visiting baseball coach sexually assaulting her nine year old son, attacked the man with a large carving knife, thereby causing the severe back injuries depicted in an attached photograph.

Published: October 19, 2012

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Lloyds TSB 'Internet Banking Account Status' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK bank Lloyds TSB, and apparently signed by Lloyds own Digital Banking Director, explains how customers can benefit from using Intent banking and urges them to click a button to login and start using the service.

Published: October 18, 2012

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Hoax - 400 Marine Corps Dogs Need Homes

Messages circulating via social media, email and the blogosphere claims that 400 United States Marine Corps Improvised Explosive Device sniffing dogs are being decommissioned and are therefore in need of good "forever" homes.

Published: October 18, 2012

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Windows Email Security Update Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that the recipient's Windows installation records are out of date and that he or she must therefore update email account details by clicking a "Verify" button.

Published:October 18, 2012

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'News Report' Claims Gonorrhea Spread Through Air

Messages circulating via social media and email claim that a new airborne strain of gonorrhea is spreading rapidly through students at San Diego State University.

Published: October 18, 2012

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Skype 'lol is this your new profile pic' Ransomware Warnings

Warnings circulating via email, text message and social media posts warn users to watch out for Skype "lol is this your new profile pic" SMS messages because links in these messages lead to malware.

Published: October 17, 2012

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DealsDirect Phishing Scam

Emails purporting to be from Australian online store DealsDirect supposedly offer gift vouchers or heavily discounted products and entice recipients to click links in the emails to take advantage of these offers.

Published: October 17, 2012

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LinkedIn 'Invitation to Connect' Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from business focused social network, LinkedIn asks recipients to click buttons to accept or ignore an invitation to connect to a LinkedIn user.

Published: October 17, 2012

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Facebook 'Blocked Account' Scam Email

Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that you have blocked your Facebook account and will need to follow links in the message in order to login and reactivate it.

Published: October 16, 2012

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Bank of Queensland 'Security Message' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Bank of Queensland (BOQ) urges the recipient to click a login link in order to read an important security message.

Published: October 15, 2012

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ADP 'Transaction Reports' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from payroll company ADP claims that the recipient's bank account will be debited for the amount shown on a transaction report that can be viewed by clicking a link in the message.

Published: October 15, 2012

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Facebook 'Virus' Warning Message - Album 92

Facebook message warns users not to click on a link in a private message directing them to album92 dot com because going to the site will install a virus on their computers.

Published: October 12, 2012

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Dubious Facebook 'Security Alert' - Obama Nation Hackers

"Security alert" circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users that "Obama Nation hackers" are taking control of people's accounts by tricking them into clicking Romney requests for profile information or responding to security check requests.

Published: October 12, 2012

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Johnny Depp is NOT Dead

Social media driven messages claim that much loved actor Johnny Depp has died, either from drowning on a film set or in a car accident.

Published: October 11, 2012

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Social Media Rumours Falsely Claim Fidel Castro is Dead

Rumours running rampant on Twitter and other social media sites claim that Fidel Castro has died.

Published: October 11, 2012

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Justin Bieber Stolen Laptop and Camera - Sex Tape Rumours

Circulating social media messages claim that pop star Justin Bieber had his laptop and camera stolen at a recent concert and speculate that the devices may have contained "sex tape" footage or other embarrassing information.

Published: October 11, 2012

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'Interested in Using Your Photo for Pepsi Ad' - Money Laundering Scam

Message purporting to be from Pepsi, claims that the company wishes to use one of the recipient's pictures in an advertisement and will arrange payment for use of the image once the recipient has replied with name and contact details.

Published: October 11, 2012

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Hoax - Obama's Cook County Correctional Center

AMessage that features a series of photographs depicting a luxuriously appointed prison claims that the pictures show the Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project brought to fruition by Barack Obama.

Published: October 8, 2012

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NatWest 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient has been selected to receive a 100 pound gift certificate as a reward for participating in a customer satisfaction survey. Recipients are invited to click a link to fill in a form and receive their reward.

Published: October 8, 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - 'Drunk 17 Year Old Caught on Tape'

Message making its way across Facebook entices users to click a link to view a "stunning" video of a 17 year old girl caught on tape while drunk at school.

Published: October 8, 2012

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Facebook's Promoted Posts Program for Users Causing Confusion

An extension of the Promoted Posts feature on Facebook means that ordinary users can or soon will be able to pay to promote their posts to a wider audience in the same way that businesses and Page owners can already do. However, this payment is entirely optional. The change does not mean that Facebook users will be required to pay to use the service.

Published: October 6, 2012

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'Little Dead Girl Clarissa' Warning - Nasty and Violent Internet Chain Letter

Widely circulated Internet chain message warns recipients that, if they do not read and pass on the message, the ghost of a little girl named "Clarissa" will visit their rooms at night and kill them.

Published: October 5, 2012

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Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'

Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.

Published: October 5, 2012

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Yorkshire Building Society - Egg Account Transfer Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Yorkshire Building Society claims that, due to the transfer of Egg Savings and Mortgage accounts, existing customers are required to update their details by filling in and submitting an attached form.

Published: October 4, 2012

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Skype 'Password Successfully Changed' Scam Email

Email purporting to be from Skype notifies users that their Skype password has been successfully changed and advises them to follow a link to restore the password if "anything doesn't look right".

Published: October 4, 2012

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Michael Vick Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident

Message circulating vigorously via social media claims that oft reviled football player Michael Vick has broken both legs in a car accident.

Published: October 3, 2012

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Miley Cyrus 'Sex Tape' Facebook Scam

"Breaking News" message being pushed out across Facebook claims that a sex video of Miley Cyrus has been leaked on the Internet and invites users to click a link to view the footage.

Published: October 2, 2012

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AT&T 'Account Limit Exceeded' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from AT&T claims that the recipient's email account limit has been exceeded and that the account will therefore be suspended unless it is verified within 24 hours.

Published: October 2, 2012

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Visa - Mastercard 'Security Incident' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from the "Identity Theft Department" of both Visa and Mastercard warns recipients of a security incident that may have put their financial information at risk. The email asks recipients to click a link to activate their credit cards.

Published: September 27, 2012

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'Letter from Barack Obama' Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from none other than US President Barack Obama claims that the recipient will be arrested on money laundering and terrorism charges unless he or she provides a document confirming ownership of a fund from Nigeria.

Published: September 27, 2012

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'Blue Tiger' Picture on Facebook

Circulating picture depicting a blue coloured tiger is described as a "semi-hypothetical coloration morph of a tiger" known as a Maltese or blue tiger.

Published: September 27, 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free £100 ASDA Voucher

Message appearing on Facebook claims that UK supermarket chain ASDA is giving away £100 gift vouchers to users who click a link in the post.

Published: September 25, 2012

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Gmail 'Free Apple iPad Reward' Survey Scam

Email purporting to be from Gmail, claims that the recipient has been randomly chosen as a winner of an Apple iPad and should visit a website and participate in various "promotional giveaways" in order to claim his or her prize.

Published:September 19, 2012

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'Personal Assistant' Money Laundering Scam

Email claims that the sender requires a part-time personal assistant to handle financial activities and run various errands in return for a generous weekly wage.

Published: September 18, 2012

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PayPal 'Refund Pending' Phishing Scam

Message claims that the recipient has a refund pending from PayPal due to a mistakenly applied late payment charge. The recipient is instructed to complete the refund transaction by clicking a link and logging into his or her PayPal account.

Published: September 13, 2012

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Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob Is NOT Dead

Circulating social media posts claim that Tom Kenny, the actor who supplied the voice of much loved children's character SpongeBob SquarePants has died.

Published: September 13, 2012

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Facebook Post Claims Dog Saved Puppies From House Fire

Message circulating rapidly via Facebook that features a photograph of a dog tending to her puppies on a fire truck, claims that the dog, named Amanda, saved her puppies from a burning house while firefighters fought the blaze.

Published: September 13, 2012

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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: September 13, 2012

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Did Samsung Pay a $1 Billion Fine to Apple in 5 Cent Coins?

Message circulating via social media claims that Samsung paid a 1 billion dollar patent infringement penalty to Apple in 5 cent coins delivered in more than 30 trucks.

Published: September 12, 2012

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Student Finance England 'Payment Cancelled' Phishing Scame

Email purporting to be from Student Finance England claims that the recipient's student payments may be delayed or cancelled if he or she does not click a link and verify account information.

Published: September 12, 2012

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All-In-One Shopping Voucher Malware

Email claims that several British supermarket chains have collaborated to offer customers an all-in-one shopping voucher worth £30. The email asks users to click a link for more information and to download the shopping voucher.

Published: September 12, 2012

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Morgan Freeman is NOT Dead

Pages and posts on Facebook claim that much loved actor Morgan Freeman has died.

Published: September 11, 2012

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NatWest 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that recipient's bank account has been locked due to incorrect account information and that he or she must therefore click a link to correct the information and regain access.

Published: September 11, 2012

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'Causes' Petition Calling To End Using Dogs As Shark Bait

The link to this petition recirculates periodically, most often accompanied by the photo of a dog with large hooks impaled through its snout. The petition, addressed to ‘the French government’ accuses French Islanders of using live dogs as shark bait and demands the French authorities end the practice. Some versions also link an article from the internet publication The Inquisitr.

Published: September 11, 2012

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Young Football Player Not Allowed to Wear Pink Gloves For Breast Cancer

Protest message claims that 12 year old football player Julian Connerton wished to wear pink gloves in honour of his mother who has breast cancer but was told by his coach that he was not allowed to play while wearing the gloves.

Published: September 11, 2012

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Photo Sharing Request for 'Pray For Rosalie'

Photo being circulated shows a young girl in with nasogastic intubation and her mother laying in the bed with her. The photo’s caption implores the reader to share the photo and pray for the child. While not present on the original version, it has also come to be shared with a comment attached stating the Facebook will donate for shares.

Published: September 11, 2012

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Misleading Warning about Missed Calls From +375 and +371 Numbers

Message circulating via SMS, social media and email warns you not to return missed calls from numbers starting with +375 or +371 because you will be charged between $15 and $30 for each returned call and your contact list and financial information will be instantly stolen from your phone.

Published: September 7, 2012

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'Catholic Charities Organization' Money Laundering Scam

Email purporting to be from Catholic Charities Organization Malaysia claims that a representative in Canada is needed to receive donation from the "American Region", deduct 10% of each donation as renumeration and send the remainder back to the parent organization in Malaysia.

Published: September 7, 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free $500 Woolworths Gift Voucher

Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Woolworths voucher worth $500 by following a link in the message.

Published: September 6, 2012

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'Windows Live Update' Sector Zero Virus Hoax

Message circulating rapidly via social media posts and email warns users to watch out for messages with an attached file called "Windows Live Update" because it contains the most destructive computer virus ever.

Published: September 6, 2012

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Killer Piranha Attack Images

Circulating messages featuring gory photographs of blood and bodies at a beach claim that the images depict a vicious piranha attack in South America.

Published: September 4, 2012

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Circulating Image Implies Heineken Supports Dog Fighting

Widely circulated image shows a dog fight with a row of Heineken banners visible in the background.

Published: September 4, 2012

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Another Sick Baby Hoax - Like, Comment or Share to Help Baby With Large Mass on Her Back

Message circulating via Facebook claims that users can raise money to help a baby with a very large mass on her back just by liking, sharing or commenting on the baby's picture.

Published: September 4, 2012

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ACMA 'Security Upgrade' Phishing Scam

Supposedly urgent email purporting to be from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) claims that recipients must upgrade their broadband accounts to enable new security measures.

Published:September 3, 2012

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'Circle of Safety' - Child Stuck in Wheel Well Photograph

Circulating messages urge drivers to perform a "circle of safety" inspection by walking around their vehicles before driving away and use a picture of a small crying child apparently stuck in a vehicle's wheel well as a means of illustrating the potential danger.

Published: September 3, 2012

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American Express 'Security Verification' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from American Express claims recipients must open an attached file and fill in a form in order to verify their American Express account information.

Published: September 3, 2012

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Free Flights on Southwest Spam Emails

"Travel Confirmation" emails supposedly offer two free flights on Southwest Airlines and urge recipients to click links to verify their information and claim their flights.

Published: August 30, 2012

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Robert Duvall is NOT Dead

Circulating messages claim that well respected actor Robert Duvall has died after falling from a cliff while filming in New Zealand.

Published: August 29, 2012

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Pharmacy Spam Emails Pretend to be From Vimeo

Emails purporting to be from video sharing website Vimeo claim that the recipient's video has been approved and that an unread message about the video is available by clicking a link.

Published: August 28, 2012

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'Science Guy' Bill Nye is NOT Dead

Messages circulating via social media posts claims that Science Guy Bill Nye has died.

Published: August 28, 2012

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Baby With Bong Protest Messagee

Facebook message that features a young woman holding a bong to a baby's mouth asks users to spread the photo so that the woman will not regain custody of the child.

Published: August 28, 2012

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Very.co.uk Shopping Voucher Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK Shop Direct Group's online retailer Very, claims that the company is giving away £50 shopping vouchers and urges recipients to click a "log on" link to activate their free voucher.

Published: August 28, 2012

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Royal Mail "Group Shipment Advisory" Malware Emails

Email purporting to be a shipment advisory from the UK's Royal Mail claims that documents are being shipped to the recipients and that they should open an attached file to view details about the documents.

Published: August 27, 2012

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Does a Circulating Photograph Show the Approach of Tropical Storm Isaac?

Widely circulated photograph that shows a large storm front rolling across the ocean claims that the pictures depicts 2012's Tropical Storm Isaac.

Published: August 27, 2012

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Hoax - Giant Killer Snake Found in the Red Sea

Circulating message that features images depicting a gigantic snake on the back of a large military truck claims that the snake was found in the Red Sea after it had killed 320 tourists and 125 divers.

Published: August 27, 2012

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Does a Photograph Show a Massive Spider found in a Manchester UK House?

Circulating message that features a photograph that depicts a very large spider in the corner of a wall claims that the picture was taken in a house in Manchester and that even the fire brigade was too scared to remove it.

Published: August 17, 2012

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Hoax - 'Deadly Sanitary Pad' Responsible for 53 Deaths

Widely circulated warning message claims that a "deadly sanitary pad" called DARIES has recently caused 53 women in Johannesburg to bleed to death due to the inclusion of chemicals in the pad's material.

Published: August 16, 2012

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Anti Text-Driving Message - Car Wedged Under Truck Image

Message circulating on Facebook that features a photograph of a fatal car accident in which a red car is wedged under a large truck claims that the accident occurred because the driver was texting. The message asks people to share if they are against texting and driving.

Published: August 14, 2012

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Nationwide Phishing Scam Emails

Series of emails purporting to be from UK based financial institution, Nationwide urge recipients to click links in the messages in order to rectify supposed account problems.

Published: August 14, 2012

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Faux Image - Double Sunset on Mars

Circulating image is claimed to depict two suns setting over the Martian horizon as taken from the Curiosity Rover.

Published: August 14, 2012

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Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department claims that all email users around the world are required to validate their account by clicking a link in the message or risk having their email address deleted from the world email server.

Published: August 13, 2012

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Does A Photo Depict A Puppy Being Forced to Drink Vodka?

The origin and circumstances in which the photograph was taken are currently unclear. The motives of the man in the photograph can not be ascertained solely on the strength of this one photograph.

Published: August 13, 2012

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Post Circulating Claims Hotel Made Disabled US Veteran Crawl Down Stairs

Post links to a user submitted CNN iReport article which relates the story of a US Army veteran who was wounded in Iraq and paralyzed from the waist down. According to the story, the disabled vet was stuck on the third floor of the hotel when a power outage rendered the elevator inoperable, and his request for assistance to the front desk was rudely dismissed by the desk clerk.

Published: August 10, 2012

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AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax

Message that lists the number of people in a particular group accused of various criminal or immoral activities claims that the group actually represents the 535 members of the Australian Parliament.

Published: August 10, 2012

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Three.co.uk Phishing Scam

Email that appears to originate from mobile phone service provider Three.com.uk claims that the customer's account has been locked and must therefore be reactivated by clicking a link in the message.

Published: August 10, 2012

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Another Facebook Sick Baby Hoax - Baby With Brain Cancer

Facebook message that shows an image of a baby with a large growth on the side of her face claims that the baby has brain cancer. The message asks users to offer blessings to the baby by liking or sharing the image.

Published: August 10, 2012

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Circulating Opinion Piece - 'Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare'

Oft forwarded political piece stridently discusses a long list of perceived problems with social and political life in modern America.

Published: August 9, 2012

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Fake Three (Or Seven) Headed Snake Image

Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed (or seven headed) cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.

Updated: August 9, 2012

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Misleading Health Advice Email - 'Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and Heart Attacks'

Message claiming to be from the Mayo Clinic offers health advice related to the use of aspirin for preventing heart attacks.

Published: August 9, 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Argos Gift Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free £500 Argos Gift Card just by clicking a link in the post.

Published: August 9, 2012

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'Email Deactivation Warning' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from the Mail Administrator claims that the recipient's email address has been queued for deactivation due to an account error. The message instructs the recipient to click a link to resolve the problem and avoid account deactivation.

Published: August 9, 2012

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Anti-Obama Youtube Video Compiles Multiple Conspiracy Theories

Compilation of conspiracy theories combines a multitude of claims against Obama into one nearly 11 minute long scaremongering video.

Published: August 8, 2012

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Fake AT&T Bill Emails Point To Malwaree

Email purporting to be from phone service provider AT&T claims that the recipient's bill is ready for viewing. The recipient is urged to click a Login button to access the bill online.

Published: August 7, 2012

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Messages Claim Coca Cola to be Banned In Bolivia

Messages circulating via social media claim that Coca Cola will be officially banned in the South American nation of Bolivia on December 21st, 2012.

Published: August 7, 2012

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'Free Apple Product' Text Message Survey Scam

Mobile phone text message claims that the recipient has won a free Apple product and should follow a link and enter a code to claim the prize.

Published: August 7, 2012

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Circulating Warning - Facebook May Close Down Animal Rescue Accountse

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns that Facebook may close down animal rescue accounts. A link in the message opens a blog post that provides more information about the issue.

Published: August 7, 2012

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2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Advance Fee Scam

Email that pretends to originate from world football governing body FIFA, claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program and should fill in and send an attached form to begin the process of claiming the prize.

Published: August 6, 2012

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Email Claiming US Gold Medal Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Faces Lifetime Ban Used to Spread Malware

Recently discovered emails claim that United States Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Gold Medalist in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, is facing a lifetime ban after testing positive for a banned diuretic.

Published: August 6, 2012

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Meteor Showers August 2012

Message circulating on Facebook advises that, during the night of August 12 and 13, 2012, people will be able to view a rare meteor shower in which a predicted 100 meteors per hour may be seen in the night sky.

Published: August 6, 2012

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Bigpond Security Service Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Australian Internet service provider Bigpond claims that the Bigpond Security Service has limited access to email features until users restore their accounts by replying with their username and password.

Published: August 6, 2012

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Wrestling Star Undertaker is NOT Dead

Message circulating via social media claims that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Undertaker has died of a neck injury while practicing with a WWE co-star.

Published: August 3, 2012

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Colin And Chris Weir Donation Programme Advance Fee Scam

Email that pretends to be from UK lottery winners Colin And Chris Weir claims that the couple has decided to donate £1,500,000 of their winnings to the email's recipient.

Published: August 3, 2012

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US EPA Regulations Force Power Plant Closures

Link being forwarded directs readers to a page that illustrates the number of US coal-fired power generation plants that will be forced to close due to new EPA regulations.

Published: August 3, 2012

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'View Facebook Followers' Scam Targets Twitter Users

Message being pushed across Twitter claims that users can see who has viewed and followed their Facebook Profile by clicking a link in the tweet.

Published: August 2, 2012

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Lloyds TSB 'New Banking Authentication' Phishing Scam

Email that appears to originate from UK retail bank Lloyds TSB claims that new banking authentication procedures are being implemented and recipients must therefore confirm their banking details by clicking an included link or risk losing access to their accounts.

Published: August 1, 2012

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Samantha Cook Missing Person Messagee

Message circulating via social media websites asks users to look out for 15 year old Samantha Cook who has been missing from her home in Summerdale, Alabama since July 23rd 2012.

Published: August 1, 2012

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Faux Image - Pilots Protesting Chemtrails

Image circulating via social media and email depicts uniformed pilots marching with picture placards supposedly showing chemtrails.

Published: August 1, 2012

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McDonald's Signboard Supporting Chick-Fil-A

Photo being forwarded on Facebook supposedly shows a McDonald’s restaurant sign with a message expressing support of Chick-fil-A and daring consumers to boycott them.

Published: July 31, 2012

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ABSA 'Authorized EFT Payment Received' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from South African bank ABSA claims that the recipient must approve a pending EFT payment by opening an attached file and supplying account login details.

Published: July 31, 2012

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Protests Against Australian Government Proposed Changes to Intelligence and Surveillance Laws

Circulating messages warn about proposed changes to Australia's intelligence and surveillance laws that, if implemented, may significantly impact on the privacy of Australian Internet users.

Published: July 31, 2012

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Wells Fargo 'Security Check' Phishing Scame

Email purporting to be from financial services company Wells Fargo claims that, in response to a recent security screen, the recipient's account has been limited until more information about the account holder is provided.

Published: July 30, 2012

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Hoax Picture - Obama Holding Phone Upside Down

Widely circulated image supposedly depicts US President Obama holding a phone handset upside down while posing for a photo opportunity.

Published: July 30, 2012

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'eBay Item Not Received' Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be from a disgruntled eBay customer claims that an item bought from the recipient has not been received and that the customer will leave negative feedback as a result. The message includes a link that supposedly leads to details about the purchased item.

Published: July 30, 2012

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Missing Teen Alert - Shy'Ann Michelle Renee Wells

Messages circulating via social media claim that 14 year old Shy'Ann Michelle Renee Wells is missing from her Bakersfield, California home and ask that anyone with information about her whereabouts contact Bakersfield police.

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False Warnings - 'Cleaning out Friends List' Questions on Facebook Contain Viruses or are Posted by Hackers

Circulating messages warn uses that questions about cleaning out friends list appearing on Facebook contain viruses or are posted by hackers.

Updated: 27th October 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free $500 Coles Voucher

Message appearing on Facebook claims that Coles is offering free $500 vouchers tor users who click a link in the post.

Published: July 26, 2012

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Facebook Post - Seven Year Old Shot Saving Mom

Message circulating on Facebook claims that a seven year old girl depicted in an attached photograph was shot six times when she jumped in front of her mother to protect her from the gunman.

Published: July 26, 2012

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Amazon Account Review Phishing Scame

Emails purporting to be from Amazon.co.uk claim 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. Some versions ask users to click a link to access the form rather than open an attached file.

Updated: July 26, 2012

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Ellie May Ashley Missing Person Alert (Ellie Has Now Been Found)

Message circulating via social media asks users to spread the word about missing fifteen year old Ellie May Ashley.

Published: July 26, 2012

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'Private Message' Phishing and Survey Scam Emails

Emails with the subject line "Private Message" invite recipients to click a link to read a private message supposedly sent from email address of one of their contacts.

Published: July 26, 2012

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AOL Deactivated Account Phishing Scam

The email is not from AOL. It is in fact a phishing scam designed to steal account login details from AOL users. If you receive this or a similar email, do not click any links or open any attachments that it may contain.

Published: 25th July 2012

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Cranky Old Man Poem

Message circulating via social media and email claims that a touching poem about growing old called "Cranky Old Man" was found in the possessions of an old man who died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town.

Published: July 25, 2012

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'Mystery Shopper' Money Laundering Scams

Emails offer recipients part time work as secret or mystery shoppers and promise to send cheques or money orders for them to use in their shopping evaluations. Workers will be instructed to cash the cheques, deduct a percentage as their wage and then "evaluate" a specified service before sending the remainder of the funds back to the "employer" via a cash money transfer. y

Published: 24th July 2012

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FBI Arrest Warning Advance Fee Scam

Threatening email claiming to be from FBI director Robert S. Mueller and the "Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division" warns the recipient that he will be arrested and jailed if a payment is not sent via a Western Union money transfer immediately.

Published: 24th July 2012

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Hotel Booking Confirmation Malware Emails

Notification emails purporting to be from Booking.com claim to be hotel room booking confirmations and urge recipients to open an attached file to view reservation details.

Published: 24th July 2012

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Chase Online 'Unconfirmed Payment' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Chase Online bank claims the recipient has an unconfirmed payment pending and must therefore follow a link to verify account details or risk having the account deleted.

Published: 24th July 2012

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'Buddha' Shaped Pears

Circulating message claims that a Chinese farmer has managed to grow pears shaped like baby Buddha figures. The message includes a photograph of the unusually shaped pears still on the tree.

Published: 23rd July 2012

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Yacht Launch Mishap

Circulating message features photographs depicting a luxury yacht slipping from its delivery slings and plunging front first into the water while two yacht company representatives cling on for dear life.

Published: 23rd July 2012

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McDonald's 'Mega Promotion Award' Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from McDonald's Spain claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the McDonald's Mega Promotion Award and should contact the "Verification Officer" to process the prize claim.

Published: 23rd July 2012

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Intuit 'Payroll Processing Request' Malware Email

"Payroll processing" emails purporting to be from financial software provider Intuit, claim that are large amount of money is about to be withdrawn from the recipient's bank account to cover employee paychecks. The recipient is invited to click a link in the message to download payroll details.

Published: 23rd July 2012

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Facebook Charity Hoax - Share Picture to Help Starving Children

Facebook message that includes a photograph of a severely malnourished child claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help starving children each time the image is shared.

Published: July 17, 2012

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Top 4 Most Common Scams On The Internet

Online criminals use many methods to steal money and information from unsuspecting Internet users. Here are 4 of the most common (Article written by Brett Christensen for the AVG (AU/NZ) blog).

Published: July, 16 2012

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Hoax - Facebook Will Donate $1 Per Share For Baby With Cancer

Facebook message that includes a photograph of a baby with a distended stomach and a severe rash claims that the baby has cancer and that Facebook will donate $1 each time the photograph is shared.

Published: July 11, 2012

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Facebook Warning Message - 'Animals in Danger on Craigslist.com'

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns that animals advertised as free on Craigslist are being acquired by a group of shooters who then take them to a remote location and use them for target practice. The message claims that a police report has been filed with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and urges anyone with any knowledge of the animal abuse to report it immediately.

Published: July 10, 2012

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Hoax - Justin Bieber Helped Girl Raped After His Concert

Social media driven story that features a photograph of star Justin Bieber hugging a young girl, claims that the girl was raped after a concert and then, when she finally found her way home, was told that her mother had been killed in an accident. According to the story, Justin Bieber later met the girl and offered comfort and support.

Published: 9th July 2012

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Facebook Phishing And Survey Scam

Spam messages attempt to entice recipients into following a link to visit a Facebook profile by promising access to erotic content.

Published: 9th July 2012

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Scam Alert - 'Obama's New Stimulus' Routing Number to Pay Utility Bills Outline

Phone calls, text , social media and printed messages and emails claim that US residents can receive $1000 to pay their bills as part of a new economic stimulus payment set up by the US Government.

Published: 6th July 2012

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Fruit Shoot Drink Recall Warning

Messages circulating via social media and email claim that bottles of children's drink Fruit Shoot that feature a new type of cap are a potential choking hazard for children and have been recalled.

Published: 5th July 2012

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Facebook Share Hoax - $1.20 Per Share to Help Girl With Cancer

Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a young girl in a hospital bed claims that Facebook will donate $1.20 to help the child each time her image is shared.

Published: July 5, 2012

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$50,000 Facebook Reward Survey Scam

Message purporting to be a Facebook User Notice, claims that the recipient has won $50,000 in a Facebook Instant Winner reward and should click a link to confirm his or her email address.

Published: 5th July 2012

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Most Beautiful Horse in the World Image

Circulating message featuring an image of a shining golden horse suggests that it may be the most beautiful horse in the world and lives in Turkey.

Published: 4th July 2012

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Windows Live Email Limit Exceeded Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Windows Live and the "Hotmail Security Team" claims that the recipient's Windows Live account has been suspended because the email sending and receiving limit has been exceeded. The user is instructed to follow a link to verify account information, thereby lifting the suspension.

Published: 3rd July 2012

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Motorists In France Must Carry Alco-Test Kits from July 1 2012

Circulating message claims that, from July 1st 2012, motorists and motorcyclists travelling in France must carry a portable breathalyser or risk being fined.

Published: 29th June 2012

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Bigpond 'Broadband Service Suspension' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian Internet service provider Bigpond claims that the recipient's ADSL broadband service may be suspended unless he or she follows a link to rectify a billing error.

Published: 28th June 2012

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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: 28th June 2012

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Easter Island Statues Have Bodies


Circulating message claims that the famous stone statues of Easter Island are not just heads but also have bodies buried beneath the surface.

Published: 28th June 2012

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Hoax - Save Abandoned Dog By Sharing His Photo

Message circulating on Facebook claims that you can help save the life of an abandoned dog just by liking and sharing his picture on Facebook. According to the message, Mark Zuckerburg has agreed to donate $1 for every five likes.

Published: 27th June 2012

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'Your Arrest Record' Spam Emails

Unsolicited emails claim that the recipient's arrest record can be viewed online or has recently been updated. Other versions claim that recipients can find out who has performed background checks on them or can check the police records of other people.

Published: 27th June 2012

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Starbucks Promo Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from coffee chain Starbucks claims that the recipient's email address has been shortlisted as one of eight UK winners of a shared 200,000 pound cash prize offered by the company as a thank-you to customers.

Published: 26 June, 2012

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Mr Bean's Daughter Hoax

Message that includes a series of images depicting an attractive young woman claims that the woman is the daughter of actor Rowan Atkinson, famous for his portrayal of the character "Mr Bean".

Published: 26 June, 2012

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Hoax - Picture of Sharks Swimming In Flooded Kuwait Scientific Center

Message that features an image of sharks swimming in a flooded lobby at the bottom of escalators claims that the picture was taken after the collapse of the shark tank at the Scientific Center in Kuwait.

Published: 18th June 2012

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Facebook Will Donate for 'Likes' Hoax - Isabella Abused Wife Message

Message circulating on Facebook claims that, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to donate 50 cents to help fund an operation for abused wife "Isabella" each time her photograph is liked. The post includes a link to a video that supposedly shows proof of the abuse.

Published: 15th June 2012

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The Croc Whisperer

Message claims that attached photographs depict Cairns North Queensland, Australia fisherman "Chito" wrestling in a Queensland lake with his best pal "Pocho", a 5.2 metre crocodile.

Published: 15th June 2012

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Irish Friendship Wish Chain Letter

Email claims that those who forward an "Irish Friendship Wish" message will have three years of good luck while those who delete it will have bad luck for one year.

Updated: 12th June 2012

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Can Birds Die From Eating Discarded Gum?

Circulating message claims that birds can die after eating gum thrown on the ground because it fouls their systems and prevents them from eating or drinking. The message includes a photograph depicting a small dead bird with another bird looking on.

Published: 12th June 2012

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Qian Hongyan AOL Money For Forwarding Hoax

Circulating slide presentation about Qian Hongyan, a child in China that lost both legs in an accident, claims that AOL will donate 10 cents to help fund prosthetic legs for the girl each time the message is forwarded.

Published: 11th June 2012

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Foursquare 'Friend Request Approved' Pharmacy Spam

Email purporting to be from social networking service Foursquare claims that a recent Foursquare friend request has been approved.

Published: 11th June 2012

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Hitman Payoff Scam Email

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

Updated: 7th June 2012

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LinkedIn User Passwords Stolen - Change Your LinkedIn Password Immediately

Due to a security breach, users of popular business orientated social network LinkedIn are being advised to login to their accounts and change their passwords immediately.

Published: 7th June 2012

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Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue ( Or Gold)

Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.

Updated: 6th June 2012

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Useless Warning - Facebook Will Start Using Your Photos in Ads on Friday

Rapidly circulating message warns that on Friday, Facebook will start using your photographs in ads targeting your friends.

Published: 6th June 2012

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Black Lion Facebook Hoax

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook asks users to "like" a photograph purportedly depicting an entirely black lion.

Published: 5th June 2012

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'Switch to Pink Facebook' Survey Scam

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can switch the colour of their profile from blue to pink by clicking a link.

Updated: 4th June 2012

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Satanist Friend Request Facebook Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to accept friend requests from people on an included list because they are Satanists.

Published: 4th June 2012

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Nine Zero Hash Phone Scam Hoax

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

Updated: 31st May 2012

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Paypal 'You Sent a Payment' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from Paypal claim that the recipient has sent a payment to a person or vendor. The recipient is instructed to click a link to view or confirm transaction details.

Published: 30th May 2012

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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.

Updated: 30th May 2012

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Domain Name Application Scam

Emails, purporting to be from a domain name registration entity in China, warn that someone is applying to register a series of domain names based on the recipient's brand name or existing domain name.

Updated: 29th May 2012

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ANZ Bonus Reward Points Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian bank ANZ claims that the recipient will be awarded 20,000 Bonus Reward Points just for filling out a three question survey.

Published: 29th May 2012

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London Olympics 2012 Lottery Scam

Email claims that the recipient has won £800,000 in the London 2012 Olympic Campaign Promotion.

Published: 29th May 2012

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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: 29th May 2012

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Walmart '$75 Credit for Customers' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Walmart claims that the recipient has been chosen to receive a prize of $75 just for being a customer of the company. The recipient is instructed to fill in an attached form to claim the $75 prize.

Published: 21st May 2012

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American Express 'Verify User ID' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from American Express asks if the recipient recently tried to verify his account ID or change the account password.

Published: 21st May 2012

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Postcard Campaign for Charlie - Please DO NOT Send Any More Cards

Widely circulated message ask users to send postcards to a terminally ill child in the UK.

Published: 18th May 2012

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Spurious First Aid Advice Message - Eggs For Treatment of Burns

Circulating message claims that egg white is a "healing miracle" for burns and should be applied to burns as an immediate first aid measure. The message also claims that firemen in training are taught to treat burns with egg whites and that applying egg white can regenerate burnt skin.

Published: 17th May 2012

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Norton 'Protection Notification' Email Account Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be an alert from Norton Antivirus claims that, due to detection of unusual email activity, the recipient must immediately follow a link to protect his or her email account.

Published: 16th May 2012

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Paypal 'We Need Your Help Resolving an Issue With Your Account' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Paypal claims that the company needs the recipient's help to resolve an account issue and that the account has been limited until "a little bit more information" about the account holder has been provided.

Published: 15th May 2012

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Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

Message claims that, every time a text or social media message is sent on, AT&T, Verizon or Facebook 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.

Updated: 15th May 2012

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One Direction Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message

Message circulating on Facebook warns Page owners to watch out for emails from a person claiming to be from the boy-band One Direction that asks for permission to be a Page admin. According to the message, just clicking the link in the email will automatically allow the "hacker" access to the page.

Published: 14th May 2012

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Windows Live 'Account Blocked' Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's Windows Live Hotmail Account has been blocked because someone may have used the account to send out junk messages. The recipient is advised to follow a link to reactivate the blocked account.

Published: 14th May 2012

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'Quilts in the Snow Photographs' - The Art of Simon Beck

Widely circulated email features a series of attached photographs depicting huge and intricate "quilt" patterns made in snow by artist Simon Beck.

Published: 11th May 2012

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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. During 2012, a new - and equally fake - image began circulating that featured the very same shark positioned behind a different diver.

Updated: 11th May 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Oakleys To All Facebook Users!

Message appearing on Facebook claims that all Facebook users can receive a free pair of Oakley sunglasses just by following a link in the post.

Published: 10th May 2012

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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.

Updated: 10th May 2012

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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: 9th May 2012

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Amazon 'Order Cancellation' Pharmacy Spam Emails

Emails purporting to be from Amazon.com claim that a recent Amazon order has been successfully cancelled and invite recipients to click a link to view details about the cancelled order.

Published: 9th May 2012

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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.

Updated: 7th May 2012

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Circus Cruelty to Animals Protest Message - Baby Elephant Photograph

Circulating message protesting the cruel treatment of circus elephants features as evidence a photograph of a baby elephant beside its mother.

Published: 7th May 2012

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Survey Scam - Free $1000 Walmart Gift Card Text Message

Phone text message claims that the recipient has been selected to receive a $1000 Walmart gift card. The recipient is instructed to visit a website and enter a code to claim the prize.

Published: 4th May 2012

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Pharmacy Spam Emails Purport to be From YouTube

Emails claiming to be from YouTube ask recipients if the sender can use their photos or videos on a YouTube home page.

Updated: 4th May 2012

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Hoax - Picture of 'World's Largest Tortoise'

Social media message claims that an attached photograph depicts the world's largest tortoise, found in the Amazon River, being transported along a roadway strapped to the bed of a large truck.

Published: 4th May 2012

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Santander Online Banking Software Upgrade Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from large banking group Santander, claims that, due to a scheduled security software upgrade, the recipient must click a link to upgrade their account immediately.

Published: 30th April 2012

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Apple Store Account Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient must follow a link to verify his or her Apple Store account details within 48 hours or risk having the account deactivated.

Updated: 30th April 2012

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Legitimate: 'Reminder to Update Your Legacy Blogger Account' Email

Email from Google Blogger notes that legacy Blogger accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30, 2012 unless users migrate their blog to the Google Account system.

Published: 30th April 2012

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Fake Microsoft "Anti-spoofing Update" Notification Email

Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that a new security update has been released and instructs recipients to follow a link to install the update with "just one click".

Published: 27th April 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Pair of Ray-Bans

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get a free pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses by clicking a link in the post.

Published: 27th April 2012

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Warnings Claim Thousands May Lose Internet In July 2012

Warnings circulating via social media and email claim that many thousands of people may lose their Internet connections in July 2012 unless they check for and remove a malware infection from their computers.

Published: 26th April 2012

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Facebook Sweepstakes Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from the "Facebook Team" claims that the recipient has won $100,000 in the Facebook Sweepstakes and needs to report to the nearest Facebook Office to arrange collection of the prize.

Published: 25th April 2012

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Facebook Message Asks For Boycott Of Subway Store Due to Staff Treatment Of Autistic Child

Message circulating on Facebook that describes an incident in which an Autistic child and his mother were poorly treated by staff at a Melbourne Subway store asks recipients to boycott the store and call the store manager to protest.

Published: 24th April 2012

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Hoax: HIV Infected Blood In Pepsi

Circulating messages warn people not to drink Pepsi because a Pepsi worker has contaminated bottles with his HIV infected blood.

Updated: 24th April 2012

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'22 Foot 2500 Pound' Crocodile Photo

Circulating photograph purportedly shows a 22 foot 2500 pound Crocodile killed near a village on Africa's Niger River.

Published: 23rd April 2012

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'DGTFX Virus' Email Account Phishing Scam

Messages purporting to be from Yahoo, BT Internet and other email service providers claims that a DGTFX virus has been detected in the recipient's email folders and he or she must reply with account details or risk account deactivation.

Updated: 23rd April 2012

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Bank Of America 'General Account Update' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Bank of America claims that the recipient's account has shown unusual activity and that he or she must sign in to verify bank login details.

Published: 23rd April 2012

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Hoax - June 2012 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays

Circulating message claims that June 2012 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a configuration that occurs only once every 823 years.

Published: 23rd April 2012

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Photos of Elephants Inside the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia

Circulating set of photographs depict elephants strolling through the reception area of the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.

Published: 20th April 2012

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Miracle in Egypt - Buried Children Saved By Jesus

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

Updated: 20th April 2012

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Bogus Verizon Wireless Bill Email Points to Malware

Email purporting to be from Verizon Wireless claims that the recipient's current bill is available online and invites him or her to click a link to view and pay the bill.

Published: 20th April 2012

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Boeing 797 Hoax

Message claims that aircraft company Boeing is set to launch its Boeing 797, a new 1000 passenger jet that sports a radical Blended Wing design. The message features several images supposedly depicting a Boeing 797.

Published: 19th April 2012

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'Switch To Green' Facebook Survey Scam

Message appearing on Facebook Walls claims that users can switch to a green Facebook Profile by clicking a link in the post.

Published: 19th April 2012

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Phishing, Malware and Survey Scam Campaign - 'Click Here To See Attached Photos'

Spam emails invite recipients to "Click here to see the attached photos", "Click here to see the attached video", "Click here to read this message" and other similar messages.

Published: 19th April 2012

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Yahoo 'E-Mail Account Exceeded' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Yahoo claims that the recipient's email account limit has been exceeded and warns that the account will be suspended if it is not verified within 24 hours.

Published: 17th April 2012

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RockMelt Virus Warning Hoax

The claims in the warning are false. RockMelt is a new social networking focused web browser. It is not a virus and does not contain malicious content. Depending on the choices that users make when installing the browser, RockMelt may send invitations to people on your Friends list. However, these invitations do not carry a virus.

Published: 16th April 2012

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WhatsApp 'Servers Really Full' Hoax

Message claims that smartphone instant messaging application WhatsApp needs its users to re-send the same message to everyone on their contact lists to prove that they are active users because the company's "servers have recently been really full". The message warns that the accounts of users who do not send on the information will become inactive.

Published: 14th April 2012

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Circulated Warning Claims That Superheated Water In Microwave Can Explode

Message claims that a cup of water boiled in a microwave oven can "blow up" and cause injury.

Updated: 12th April 2012

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HSBC 'Password Entered Incorrectly' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK based banking group HSBC claims that the recipient's account has been suspended because the Internet Banking Password was entered incorrectly three times. The message instructs recipients to click a link to restore account access.

Published: 12th April 2012

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Viral Video Depicts Fatal Smash Between SUV and Truck

Widely circulated message, which features a video showing a horrendous collision between an SUV and a large truck, claims that the footage was captured by a State Trooper's dash cam. The message suggests that the video graphically illustrates the dangers of driver inattention due to texting, reading or other distractions.

Published: 11th April 2012

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Unsubstantiated Warning - Johannesburg Freeways 'Complete Shutdown 25th April'

Circulating message warns that major freeways around Johannesburg South Africa will be deliberately blocked by trucking and logistics companies on 25th April 2012 as a protest against the government's proposed implementation of a new toll system.

Published: 11th April 2012

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Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message - "Visit The New Facebook" Links

Message warns users that have a Page on Facebook to watch out for links with the words "Visit The New Facebook" or "Tour of New Facebook" because following such links will allow a hacker to steal their information and remove them from their own page.

Updated: 11th April 2012

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Google Promotion Award Advance Fee Scam

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

Updated: 5th April 2012

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US Airways 'Flight Confirmation' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from US Airways claim to contain a flight confirmation code and suggest that users click a link to check in online and confirm reservation details.

Published: 5th April 2012

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Disabled Student Left Out of School Choral Performance

Message circulating via social media describes an incident at a school in which Alex, a wheelchair bound student with Cerebral Palsy, was not given the chance to participate in a choral performance with his classmates. The message includes a photograph of Alex sitting alone to the side while other students perform.

Published: 4th April 2012

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Apple $100 Discount Card Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Apple claims that, as a special reward for long term customers, recipients can receive $100 credit at Australian Apple Stores simply by purchasing a $9 discount card.

Published: 4th April 2012

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Social Media Driven Hope Barbie Campaign

Messages circulating via social media websites suggest that toymaker Mattel create a "Hope Barbie" with no hair so that so that every little girl that is fighting cancer feels beautiful.

Updated: 3rd April 2012

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ECU Australia 'Unauthorized Credit Card Use' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from ECU Australia claims that the recipient's ECU account has been limited due to a report of unauthorized credit card transactions and that he or she must therefore restore account access by submitting an attached form.

Published: 3rd March 2012

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'Daddy it Hurts' Anti-Child Abuse Chain Letter

Message that features an image of a small child with an injured face along with a poem about a child murdered by an abusive father exhorts recipients to repost the image and poem to show that they are against child abuse.

Published: 3rd April 2012

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False Protest Message Claims Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Has Been Executed

Social media driven protest message claims that Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been executed in Iran and asks why church and government authorities have not raised an international outcry about the pastor's death.

Published: 28th March 2012

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Westpac 'Quick Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australia's Westpac Bank claims that the recipient can have $35 credited to their account in exchange for filling in a short survey contained in an attached file.

Updated: 27th March 2012

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eBay 'Please Confirm Your Identity' Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from eBay, claims that the user has tried to sign in from an unfamiliar computer and must therefore confirm his or her identity by clicking a link in the message.

Published: 26th March 2012

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Taylor Siders Missing Teen Alert - (Taylor Has Now Been Found)

Circulating message asks users to watch out for teenager Taylor Siders who went missing from Hurricane High School on February 23, 2012.

Published: 26th March 2012

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Flower And Wine Delivery Credit Card Scam Warning

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

Updated: 26th March 2012

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Halifax Bank Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the UK's Halifax Bank claims that new online banking authentication procedures are being introduced and that customers must therefore follow a link and confirm their online banking details.

Published: 26th March 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Pair of Toms Shoes

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users will receive a free pair of Toms shoes if they click a link included in the post.

Published: 21st March 2012

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Adobe Acrobat Upgrade Phishing Scam Emails

Emails purporting to be from Adobe claim that recipients can download an upgraded version of Adobe products by following links in the messages.

Updated: 21st March 2012

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Misleading Protest Message Decries 'Ban' on Help For Heroes Armbands

Circulating protest message decries the "disgusting and un-patriotic" decision of a UK school to ban the wearing of Help for Heroes armbands by pupils after Easter, 2012.

Published: 20th March 2012

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Chrome Extension Timeline Removal Tip

Message circulating on Facebook explains how to remove Timeline by adding an extension to the Chrome browser.

Published: 20th March 2012

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Pointless and Exploitive 'Share if You Are Against Child Abuse' Facebook Post

Circulating Facebook message featuring a photograph of a little girl with a badly bruised face asks users to share the picture if they are against child abuse.

Published: 15th March 2012

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Little Girl With Huge Belly Facebook Donation Hoax

Circulating message that features photographs of a young girl with a huge stomach claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help the child every time the post is shared.

Published: 14th March 2012

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Intuit.com Malware Emails

Messages purporting to be from financial software provider Intuit claim to contain information about a recent order and urge recipient to click a link to download a full invoice.

Published: 14th March 2012

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BlackBerry Messenger Resend to Save Account Hoax

Circulating text message claims that BlackBerry Messenger users must resend the information to others or risk having their service deactivated.

Updated: 14th March 2012

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Friend Request Facebook Ban Warning

Circulating Facebook post warns that users are getting suspended or banned from Facebook because people they have sent friend requests to have clicked "No" in response to the question "Do you know this person?"

Published: 12th March 2012

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Arwa Has Now Been Found - Help find Missing Girl Arwa Message

Message circulating via social media posts asks users to help find five year old Arwa who was reported missing in Mumbai India in January 2012.

Published: 9th March 2012

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Hoax - Nagasaki Arch Survives Both Atomic Bomb and Tsunami

Circulating message claims that attached photographs depict an "arch" in the Japanese city of Nagasaki that somehow survived both the atomic bomb blast of 1945 and the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Updated: 7th March 2012

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False Warning - Do Not Add 'Jason Lee' Because Its a Virus

Message circulating via social media warns users not to add somebody called "Jason Lee", "Linda Smith", "Jason Allen" or "Amy Allen" to their friend list because it is a virus. Other versions warns users not to add Raquel Critelli or Kelly Hargrove.

Updated: 3rd March 2012

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'Wolf' Slaughter Protest Message

Message that features a photograph of hunters posing by a small truck filled with animal corpses decries the slaughter of the great wolves and asks that users pass on the picture to help stop the wolf killings.

Published: 3rd March 2012

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Fake Three Headed Snake Image

Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.

Published: 2nd March 2012

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False Warning - Facebook Will Soon Require Social Security Numbers When Users Login

Message circulating on Facebook claims that, as an anti-spam measure, users will be required to enter their social security numbers when they login to the network from April 2012.

Published: 2nd March 2012

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Advance Fee Scam - British National Lottery Promo Programme

Email purporting to be from the British National Lottery claims that the recipient has won £1,500,000 in the British National Lottery Promo Programme

Updated: 1st March 2012

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Hoax - Right To Be Connected to an Australian Phone Rep

Message claims that Australians have the right to be transferred to an Australian based representative if they have been connected to an overseas help centre when calling a company or service.

Published: 24th February 2012

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Strawberry Quick Methamphetamine Warning

Messages warn that a form of strawberry colored and scented methamphetamine dubbed "Strawberry Quick" is being distributed to school children.

Updated: 24th February 2012

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Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning

Circulating health message warns recipients not to eat shrimp or prawns while taking vitamin C because it can cause a chemical reaction that can lead to sudden death by arsenic poisoning.

Published: 23rd February 2012

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Ashley Flores Missing Child Hoax

Emails and text messages claim that 13-year-old Ashley Flores is missing.

Updated: 23rd February 2012

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Hoax - Facebook Will Pay One Dollar Per Like to Help Baby With a Face Cancer

Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with a large growth on her face every time the baby's photograph is liked on Facebook.

Published: 22nd February 2012

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AICPA 'Tax Fraud Accusations' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) claims that the recipient's Certified Public Accountant license may be revoked due to accusations of tax fraud.

Published: 22nd February 2012

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RIAA Notification of Copyright Violation Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claims that the recipient's IP address has been identified as distributing copyrighted content and instructs him or her to open an attached file to view details.

Published: 21st February 2012

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Giant Snake in Electric Fence Photographs

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

Updated: 21st February 2012

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Cruise Control Hydroplane Warning

Email forward warns that drivers should not use cruise control in wet conditions because its use can cause the vehicle to accelerate and fly through the air if it hits standing water and hydroplanes.

Updated: 20th February 2012

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Facebook Gold Status Membership Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook Profile has completed its "100% Gold Status membership" thereby qualifying him or her for an award of $2,500.000.00.

Published: 20th February 2012

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Ectopia Cordis Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with the birth defect Ectopia Cordis every time the baby's photograph is shared or liked on Facebook.

Published: 17th February 2012

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Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam

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

Updated: 17th February 2012

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'Thomas Romany's Stuff' Warning Message

Rapidly circulating social media message warns users not to interact with a person called 'Thomas Romany's Stuff' because he is trying to stalk women that have made contact with him to buy ugg boots.

Published: 16th February 2012

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Mark Zuckerberg and Apple Partnership Survey Scam

Message claims that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has partnered with Apple for a promotional event and that the recipient has won a free Apple iPhone and iPad that can be claimed by filling in a website survey.

Published: 16th February 2012

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Protest Message - Live 'Tortoise' Souvenirs Sold in China

Message circulating on Facebook claims that live tortoises sealed in bags of herbal solution are being sold as souvenirs in China

Published: 15th February 2012

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Absurd Warning Claims That Monster Energy Drink Logo Hails Satan

Message circulating via email and the blogosphere warns that Monster Energy Drinks claw "M" logo is actually made up of the Hebrew letter vav repeated three times to make the number 666 and therefore is the mark of Satan.

Published: 15th February 2012

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Facebook Photograph of Man Riding Motorbike Over Children's Hands

Circulating Facebook message that features a photograph of a man driving a motorbike across the hands of a number of children lying on the ground calls on users to share the image as a means of combating child abuse.

Published: 10th February 2012

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IRS Penalty Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the IRS warns recipients that they have received a penalty for not submitting a tax return by the specified deadline but invites them to click a link to apply for an exemption.

Published: 9th February 2012

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Hoax - Share Photo to Raise Money to Help Abused Puppy

Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a badly injured puppy claims that the Humane Society will donate $1 towards an operation to help the dog every time the photo is shared.

Published: 8th February 2012

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Urban Legend - Rapist Hides in Back Seat at Garage

Social media message tells the tale of a woman who narrowly escaped being attacked by a convicted rapist who hid in the back seat of her car when she went to pay for petrol at a garage in Longton UK.

Published: 8th February 2012

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Hoax - Indian Woman Gives Birth to Eleven Babies at Once

Circulating message claims that a woman in India has just broken the world record after giving birth to eleven babies at once. The message includes a photograph depicting eleven babies with a medical team.

Published: 8th February 2012

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Praying Mother and Son Rock Formation

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

Updated: 7th February 2012

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Caged Pigs Protest Message

Circulating message that features a photograph depicting pigs confined to very small cages claims that the photograph was taken on an American factory farm and that the pigs are kept in the tight cages so that they will fatten up more quickly because their movement is restricted.

Published: 3rd February 2012

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Protest Message Rails Against New Facebook Timeline

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook protests against the forced implementation of Facebook's new Timeline feature and asks users to repost as many times as possible in an effort to get Facebook to change its mind on the issue.

Published: 1st February 2012

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Bogus Warning - Adobe Flash Player Update Messages in Zynga Games are Trojans

Message circulating on Facebook warns Zinga players not to click on Adobe Flash Player Update popup messages because the messages are trojans.

Published: 1st February 2012

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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: 31st January 2012

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Baby With Skin Rash Facebook Share Hoax

Facebook message that includes a series of photographs of a baby with a severe skin rash claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child every time that the message is shared or liked.

Published: 31st January 2012

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The Tale of the Racist Airline Passenger

Long circulated story relates how a racist airline passenger receives her comeuppance from airline staff.

Published: 30th January 2012

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Mechanically Separated Chicken Warning

Circulating message describes the making of mechanically separated chicken and includes a photograph of the resulting chicken paste. The message claims that mechanically separated chicken is used to make McDonald's chicken nuggets.

Published: 30th January 2012

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Seriously McDonald's - African Americans Pay More Hoax

Circulating image shows a sign posted in the window of a McDonald's store that informs African-American customers that they are required to pay more due to a string of robberies.

Published: 25th January 2012

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Hoax - Queensland Will Hold a Referendum in July For a New Constitution

Political diatribe urges recipients to vote "NO" in an upcoming referendum asking for a new constitution in the Australian state of Queensland.

Published: 25h January 2012

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Another Facebook Nonsense Post - Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder

Message that includes a photograph of a baby with a severe cranial deformity asks users to share the picture as a way of collecting prayers to help the child.

Published: 24th January 2012

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Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue

Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue.

Updated: 20th January 2012

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Bogus Seattle Traffic Ticket Email Points To Malware

Email purporting to be from the Seattle Police Department claims that the recipient has been given a traffic ticket for speeding. Recipients are invited to click a link to plead their case.

Published: 20th January 2012

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Hoax Message Warns Users Not To Contact DreamWeaverGrey

Circulating hoax message warns users not to make any contact with a person with the screen-name "DreamWeaverGrey" because he is a suspect in the murders of 56 women that he met through the Internet.

Published: 20th January 2012

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Hoax - Facebook Will Donate $1 Per Share to Help Sick Baby

Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will donate $1 per share to help a sick baby shown in an accompanying photograph.

Published: 18th January 2012

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Western Union Database Update Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Western Union claims that, due to a database update, recipients must follow a link in the message and update their online profile or risk having the account limited.

Published: 18th January 2012

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Facebook 'See Who Viewed Your Profile' Scams - Rogue 'Stalker' Apps

Various messages posted on Facebook claim that, by following a link and installing a Facebook application, you can see who has been viewing your Facebook Profile or find out who has been stalking you.

Updated: 17thJanuary 2012

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'Black Volkswagon Passat' Child Abduction Warning

Circulating social media message warns users in the Doncaster region of the UK to be on the lookout for a man driving a "black volkswagon (sic) passat" because he is attempting to pick up young girls.

Published: 17th January 2012

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Advance Fee Scam - 'You Are on the FBI Wanted Persons List'

Message purporting to be from FBI deputy director Timothy P. Murphy, claims that the FBI has gathered information that indicates that the recipient has been involved with many illegal and fraudulent activities and will soon be arrested if he or she does not reply to clear his or her name.

Published: 16th January 2012

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TalkTalk Service Cancellation Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK based internet and telecommunications company TalkTalk claims that the recipient's TalkTalk service will be cancelled unless account details are verified.

Published: 14th January 2012

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A Special Appeal to Facebook Users - Unauthorised Use of Baby Zoe Chambers Photograph

One version of a hoax message that is currently circulating rapidly on Facebook features a photograph of baby Zoe Chambers and her mother Julie. Sadly, Zoe passed away in July 2008. Zoe's mother Julie is extremely upset by this cruel and totally unauthorised use of Zoe's picture.

Published: 13th January 2012

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Facebook Protest Message Against Casey Anthony Book Deal

Circulating protest message claims that Casey Anthony, reviled mother of murdered two year old Caylee Anthony, is set to make a lot of money via a movie and book deal. The message asks users to boycott any such book or movie.

Published: 13th January 2012

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What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained

Over recent years, Facebook has been plagued by the type of nefarious scheme that we refer to collectively as survey scams.

Published: 11th January 2012

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Fake LinkedIn Email Leads to Pharmacy Spam Website

Email purporting to be from LinkedIn claims that the recipient has been sent a message that they can view by clicking a link.

Published: 12th January 2012

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Rihanna Is NOT Dead

Social media messages claim that popular singer Rihanna has died in a plane crash.

Published: 11th January 2012

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Animal Mistreatment Protest Message - Firecracker Put In Dog's Mouth

Circulating social media message includes a graphic and disturbing image of a German Shepherd with its face partially blown off after youths placed a firecracker in its mouth. The message asks users to share if they are against the mistreatment of animals.

Published: 10th January 2012

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Hoax - Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share to Help Baby With Facial Cancer

Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a baby with what appears to be a large growth on his or her face, claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child for every time the picture is shared.

Published: 10th January 2012

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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.

Updated: 9th January 2012

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Animal Rescue Site Email Forward

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

Updated: 9th January 2012

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Eden Project Recall Of Bracelets Made From Jequirity Bean

Circulating message claims that Cornwall's Eden Project and other outlets have issued a recall of red and black bracelets made from Jequirity beans because the beans contain a highly toxic substance.

Published: 9th January 2012

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Tanner Dwyer Friend Request Hacker Hoax

Circulating social media message warns users that accepting friend requests from Tanner Dwyer, Christopher Butterfield, Stefania Colac or Alejando Spiljner can allow hackers to access your computer and steal personal information.

Published: 5th January 2012

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"Went To The Party" Anti Drink-Driving Message

Message that features a graphic image of a car accident includes a transcript of the last words supposedly uttered by a young woman who died in the accident.

Published: 4th January 2012

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Bogus Warning Claims KiK Messenger is a Hacking Scheme

Circulating social media messages claim that KiK Messenger is a hacking tool or virus that can steal your personal information.

Published: 4th January, 2012

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Facebook Survey Scam - KFC Free Gift Card

Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can click a link to receive a free $100 gift card from KFC.

Published: 2nd January 2012

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