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Articles Published in 2013

This page lists Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2013.

'Most Fatal Car Accident' Survey Scam

Message circulating on Facebook invites users to click a link to watch the "most fatal car accident of the world". A screenshot in the message depicts a person being thrown high into the air during a high-speed crash.

Published: December 31, 2013





Hoax - Extraordinary Planetary Alignment To Decrease Gravity on January 4

Circulating report claims, due to an extraordinary planetary alignment at 9:47 on January 4th, 2014 the earth's gravity will be decreased for five minutes and people will therefore weigh less and be able to jump higher.

Published: December 30, 2013



'World's Largest Snake Video' Survey Scam

Circulating Facebook message claims that the world's largest snake has been found in Mexico and invites users to click a link to view a video of the beast.

Published: December 30, 2013



Michael Jackson Died Years Ago Hoax

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

Published: December 30, 2013



'My Home is Burning' Facebook Phishing and Malware Scam

Private Facebook message purporting to be from a friend of the recipient claims that the sender's house is burning to the ground. The recipient is invited to click a link to see footage of the fire.

Published: December 30, 2013



Facebook 'Closed for Maintenance' Prank

Social media messages warn users that Facebook will be closed for maintenance between the 29th and 31st of February and that recipients should send on the information so that other users will also be aware of the closure.

Published: December 30, 2013



Satire - 'Girl Suicides after Justin Bieber Beached Whale Comments'

Circulating report claims that an Australian girl committed suicide after being called a "beached whale" by pop star Justin Bieber

Published: December 23, 2013



Nigerian Government 'Office Refunding Today' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Central Bank Of Nigeria claims that a fund previously promised to the recipient has finally been approved and will be paid before Christmas if the recipient provides details requested in an attached file.

Published: December 23, 2013



Kroger 'Free Gift Card' Survey Scam

Message being distributed across Facebook claims that users can receive a free gift from American retailer Kroger just by sharing a message and visiting a third party website to claim their prize.

Published: December 23, 2013



AT&T 'You Have a New Voice Mail' Malware Email

Message purporting to be from telecommunications company AT&T claims that a new voicemail could not be delivered to the recipient. The email includes an attached file that supposedly contains the voicemail.

Published: December 20, 2013



Rockstar Energy Drink Car Decal Wrapping Money Laundering Scam

Emails purporting to be from Rockstar Energy Drink offer to pay recipients a generous weekly fee for displaying an advertising decal on their vehicles.

Published: December 19, 2013



Vodafone 'Check Your Bill Online" Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from mobile phone service provider Vodafone, invites recipients to click a link to view their bill online.

Published: December 19, 2013



'Christmas Internet Virus' Warning

Circulating message warns recipients about a new "Christmas Internet Virus" which delivers its payload via files attached to fake "delivery failure" emails claiming to be from UPS, FedEx or USPS.

Published: December 19, 2013


Hoax - '9 Year Old Suspended From School for Saying Merry Christmas'

Circulating report claims that a fourth grade San Francisco boy was suspended from school for wishing his atheist teacher a Merry Christmas.

Published: December 18, 2013



Centrelink App Privacy Warning Message

Circulating message warns that a mobile phone app provided by Australia's Centrelink can get complete access to the user's phone and thereby poses significant privacy risks.

Published: December 18, 2013



Can a Positive Home Pregnancy Test Indicate Testicular Cancer?

Circulating message claims that if a man takes a pregnancy test and gets a positive result, it means he most likely has testicular cancer.

Published: December 18, 2013



Fruit-Head Dolls Cancer Warning

Circulating social media message warns that "Fruit-Head" dolls sold at some market stalls may contain chemical phthalates which can cause cancer, deformity in unborn babies and infertility in men.

Published: December 16, 2013



Amazon 'Order Details' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from Amazon, thanks recipients for their order and invites them to view order details in an attached file.

Published: December 16, 2013



Hoax - 'Instagram Randomly Deleting Accounts'

Circulating social media message claims that image sharing service Instagram will be randomly deleting a "huge mass" of accounts on December 20, 2013. According to the message, users can keep their accounts safe from deletion by reposting the warning.

Published: December 16, 2013



Halifax Bank 'Third Party Intrusions' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from Halifax Bank announces that 3rd-party intrusions have been detected and the recipient's account has therefore been limited for security reasons. The recipient is instructed to click a link to confirm his or her identity and verify that the account has not been used fraudulently.

Published: December 13, 2013



Hoax - Romanian Door-to-Door Perfume Sellers Burundanga Robberies

Circulating warning claims that Romanian criminals in Spain are posing as door-to-door perfume sellers in an effort to get people to sniff a debilitating drug - possibly burundanga - so that the criminals can then enter and rob their houses.

Published: December 13, 2013


FedEx 'Verify Your Identity' Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package delivery could not be completed because important information was missing. Recipients are instructed to click a link to verify their identity or risk having the package returned to sender.

Published: December 12, 2013



Hoax - Obama Announces 'Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program'

Circulating report claims that US President Obama has announced plans for a federally funded Muslim outreach program, which will be available in schools across the nation from February 2014.

Published: December 11, 2013



‘Free Primark Vouchers’ Facebook Survey Scam

Facebook Page promises users free £500 Primark vouchers to users who click an “offer” button and follow the instructions that are emailed to them.

Published: December 11, 2013



Hoax - Broadmeadows Shopping Centre Christmas Celebrations Ban

Protest message circulating via social media claims that the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre in Melbourne, Australia is not displaying Christmas decorations or having a Santa this year. The message implies that this supposed Christmas ban is to appease the Muslim community.

Published: December 10, 2013



Tall Tale – Bad Little Boy's Threatening Letter to Santa

Circulating image depicts a clipped newspaper story that claims a boy wrote a letter to Santa in which he threatens to put his sister's kitten in a blender if he does not get a PS4 for Christmas.

Published: December 10, 2013



Backwards Compatibility Pranks Bricks Xbox One Consoles

Circulating message describes how Xbox One users can configure their consoles to enable them to play Xbox 360 games.

Published: December 10, 2013



Neverquest Trojan Warning

Reports warn of a trojan called "Neverquest" that can activate itself on hundreds of banking and financial websites.

Published: December 9, 2013



Scammers Exploit Death of Actor Paul Walker

Circulating Facebook messages claim that users can follow a link to view footage of the car accident in which Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker was killed.

Published: December 9, 2013



Document Approval Notification Malware Email

Email claims that an attached record of invoice document about a charge of several thousand dollars needs to be reviewed and approved by the recipient.

Published: December 9, 2013



American Express 'Card Not Present' Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be from American Express claims that the recipient's account was used to make a purchase, but the card was not presented during the transaction. The message suggests that recipient click a link if he or she does not recognize the transaction.

Published: December 6, 2013



'Win a Gold iPhone' Like-Farming and Survey Scam

Message generated from an "iPhone 5" Facebook page claims that users can win a limited edition gold iPhone 5s by liking a promotional image and visiting a third-party website to claim the prize.

Published: December 6, 2013



Two Million Passwords Stolen

Messages circulating via social media warn that two million passwords for popular online websites, including Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, have been stolen in a recently discovered breach.

Published: December 6, 2013



Royal Mail Lost or Missing Package Malware Email

Email purporting to be from UK Customs and Border Protection claims that a Royal Mail package sent to the recipient has been "detained" and that the recipient must submit documents contained in an attached file to have the package released.

Published: December 6, 2013



'Account Billing Subscription Expired' Virgin Media Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims that the recipient's billing subscription has expired and the associated email account is about to be suspended.

Published: December 4, 2013



Unrelated Image Used - 'Christian Girl Thrown Out Window By Muslim Mob'

Circulating protest message that features a photograph of a woman falling from a building claims that the image was taken last week and depicts a "Christian girl" being deliberately thrown from a window by a Muslim mob.

Published: December 4, 2013



'Prayer For The Nation' Falsely Attributed to Billy Graham

Circulating message features a "Prayer For The Nation" that it claims was penned by 95 year old American Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

Published: December 2, 2013



Christmas Lights were NOT Banned in Cardwell, North Queensland

Circulating rumours claim that the local council in the small north Queensland town of Cardwell have banned the displaying of Christmas lights after receiving a complaint from a local mosque.

Published: December 2, 2013



No, NASA did NOT Intercept An Intergalactic Distress Call in 1998

Circulating report claims that NASA detected a distress call from another galaxy back in 1998 but has only recently been able to decipher the message.

Published: December 2, 2013



Paper Laced With Drugs Perfume Hoax

Message circulating via social media warns that criminals disguised as perfume sellers are using paper laced with drugs to debilitate victims and then rob them.

Published: November 29, 2013



PayPal 'Account Access Limited' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's account has been limited because PayPal needs more information to help provide a secure service.

Published: November 29, 2013



Circulating Story Claims Woman Found Guilty of Raping Eight Men

Circulating message claims that an 18-year-old woman in Germany has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men. The message links to a longer piece presented as a news article.

Published: November 27, 2013



'Atlantics Post' Reshipping Scam Email

Email from an organization calling itself "Atlantics Post" offers the recipient a job receiving and reshipping parcels.

Published: November 27, 2013



Dying Merchant Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from a wealthy merchant who is dying of cancer claims that he needs the recipient’s help in distributing his wealth to charity before he dies.

Published: November 27, 2013



Drew Brees Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident

Circulating message claims that American football star Drew Brees has broken both legs in a car accident.

Published: November 26, 2013



Dr Phil 'Personality Test' Hoax

Message circulating as a slideshow purports to be a personality test devised by US talk show host Dr Phil. The message claims that Dr Phil did the test on Oprah Winfrey.

Published: November 26, 2013



Royal Bank of Scotland 'Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) claims that the bank has noticed irregular activity on the recipient's debit card. The recipient is instructed to click a link to answer verification questions.

Published: November 26, 2013



Picture: Fields of Spider Silk After Australian Floods

Circulating image depicts fields blanketed in spider silk.

Published: November 26, 2013



TIFF Files Security Vulnerability Warning

Circulating message warns users not to open email or website files that have the file extension .tiff because a vulnerability associated with .tiff images has been identified.

Published: November 21, 2013



Hoax - 'Harry Potter 8 Confirmed by J.K. Rowling'

Circulating press release claims that author J.K. Rowling has confirmed that she is writing an 8th Harry Potter novel after being disappointed by reaction to her adult novel "The Casual Vacancy".

Published: November 21, 2013



Picture Of Baby Holding Gun to Mouth While on Mother's Lap

A viral Facebook message, which features an image depicting a baby mouthing a handgun while laying on his or her mother's lap, asks people to share the picture in the hope that the mother can be exposed and dealt with by the police.

Published: November 21, 2013



Vodafone 'Bill a Bit More Than Usual' Malware Emails

Email purporting to be a bill notification from phone service provider Vodafone suggests that the bill may be larger than usual and invites recipients to open an attached file to read more information.

Published: November 21, 2013



'Newly Registered Website' Search Engine Submission Scam

Message sent to people who have recently registered a domain name advises them to "register" their website by clicking a link and signing up to an outrageously expensive search engine submission service.

Published: November 20, 2013



PayPal 'Confirm Your Identity' Malware Emails

Message purporting to be from online payment service PayPal claims that recipients must click a link to confirm their identity and activate their account.

Published: November 19, 2013


Gmail 'Account Update' Survey Scam Email

Message purporting to be from Gmail claims that Gmail is implementing a new security system and account holders must therefore follow a link to "enrol" for the account enhancement.

Published: November 19, 2013


Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) is NOT Dead

Circulating Facebook message, which purports to be from CNN, claims that loved English comedy actor Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr Bean) has committed suicide.

Published: November 18, 2013


Philippines Typhoon Disaster Scams

Criminals are currently attempting to exploit the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster by sending various messages designed to steal money and personal information from people wishing to help.

Published: November 15, 2013


Wedding Invitation Malware Emails

Email supposedly inviting recipients to an upcoming wedding instructs them to click a link to read the full invitation text.

Published: November 15, 2013



'Suspicious Guy Claiming He is You' Spam Emails

Email purporting to be from "Customer Support", claims that "some suspicious guy" has tried to access a download that belongs to the recipient.

Published: November 15, 2013



Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture

Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

Published: November 15, 2013



'Missing Persons in Australia' Facebook Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page calling itself 'Missing Persons in Australia' claims that users can receive monetary rewards just by liking the page and sharing missing person posters published on the Page.

Published: November 15, 2013



Baby Iko Facebook Sick Child Hoax

Facebook message featuring images of a baby with a heavily distended abdomen and green skin colouration claims that each time a user likes, comments on or shares the images, Facebook and CNN will donate money to help pay for the child’s surgery.

Published: November 14, 2013



'Young Romanian Woman' Car Crash Scam Warning

Circulating social media message describes a scam tactic in which a young Romanian woman deliberately causes a car accident and is then met at the scene by two male friends who try to take the victim's car away on a low loader.

Published: November 14, 2013



No, Scientists in Texas are NOT Going to Use Sex Offenders for Medical Research

Message circulating via social media claims that scientists in Texas are set to start using convicted sex offenders for medical research.

Published: November 13, 2013



Facebook Hate Campaign Against Keely Currie

Vitriolic Facebook Pages and circulating messages call for violence and retribution against a young woman who supposedly posted a very disrespectful anti-war message about soldiers who died for their country.

Published: November 12, 2013



Chinese Teleportation Road Rescue Video

Circulating video supposedly shows CCT footage of a man being instantly teleported out of the path of an oncoming truck by a helpful alien, time traveller or angel.

Published: November 11, 2013



PlayStation 4 Like and Share Giveaway Facebook Scam

Facebook Page claims it is giving away "200 pieces of Play Station 4" because they have been unsealed and therefore cannot be sold. The Page claims that users can win just by liking and sharing.

Published: November 11, 2013



Circulating Video of Girl Throwing Puppies Causing Outrage

Circulating social media message asks users to share a disturbing video of a young girl throwing puppies into a river. The message asks for help to identify the girl so that she can be made to pay for her actions.

Published: November 11, 2013



'Bizarre Unknown' Fish Caught in Malaysia Not So Mysterious

Social media messages that feature an image of an unusual fish caught in Malaysian waters claim that the bizarre looking fish is a mystery and possible even an alien species.

Published: November 11, 2013



No, The Bitstrips App is NOT an NSA Trojan

Message circulating via social media claims that the popular cartoon creation app Bitstrips is actually a secret NSA trojan designed to spy on people via their Facebook accounts and cellphones.

Published: November 10, 2013


'Removing An Old Setting' Facebook Notification Message

Facebook users report receiving messages that state "In a few days we'll be removing an old Facebook setting you've used in the past". The messages provide detailed information about the impending change.

Published: November 8, 2013



Did a Man in China Sue His Wife For Being Ugly?

Various reports and circulating messages claim that a man in China sued his wife for being ugly and won the case to the tune of $120,000.

Published: November 8, 2013



'200 Pieces of iPhone' Facebook Giveaway Scam

Facebook Page claims that it is giving away 200 iPhones that cannot be sold because they are unsealed. The Page claims that users can get a chance to win one of the iPhones just be liking the Page, sharing a promotional image and commenting "done".

Published: November 8, 2013



Gmail '4 Missed Emails' Pharmacy Spam

Message purporting to be from Gmail claims that the recipient should click a link to read four missed emails.

Published: November 8, 2013



'Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency' Facebook Page Scam

Facebook Page billing itself as the "Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency Company" acts as a contact point for people who have been notified that they have won a large sum of money in the "Facebook Freedom Lottery". During the course of the scam, victims may be tricked into giving their Facebook password to criminals.

Published: November 7, 2013



Spider in Oreo Cookie Photograph

Circulating message that features a photograph depicting an Oreo cookie (or a similar brand of sandwich cookie) with a spider apparently pressed into the cream, suggests that people might want to open their Oreos before eating them.

Published: November 7, 2013



'Giant Fukushima Mutant Dog' Picture

Circulating Facebook message claims that a massive dog featured in an attached image is a mutant created in-vitro by infusing maternal cells with Fukushima irradiated male DNA. The message links to a longer story about the mutant dog presented as a news article.

Published: November 7, 2013



Oprah Winfrey is NOT Dead – Links in Message Lead to Rogue App

Message appearing on Facebook claims that media queen Oprah Winfrey has been found dead at her house after committing suicide at her home. The message invites users to click a link to watch an exclusive video message that the star made before her death.

Published: November 6, 2013



ANZ Phishing Scam - 'We Detected a Login Attempt With a Valid Password'

Notification email purporting to be from Australian bank, ANZ, claims that a login attempt with a valid password from an unrecognized device has been detected. Recipients are urged to click an account review link if they did not make such a login attempt.

Published: November 6, 2013



'Microsoft Facebook Yahoo Windows Live Award' Advance Fee Scam

Message claims the recipient has won £650,000 in a prize award organized by Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Windows Live and should contact the "fiduciary agent" to begin processing of the prize claim.

Published: November 6, 2013



Chemical Burns From Gel In Diaper Warning Message

Circulating social media message claims that leaked gel from inside a Huggies Snug And Dry Diaper caused 2nd degree chemical burns on a 21-month-old child's leg.

Published: November 6, 2013


Charles F. Feeney 'Grant Donation' Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from millionaire philanthropist Charles Francis Feeney claims that the recipient has been awarded a grant of 1.9 million US dollars based on the random selection of his or her email address online.

Published: November 5, 2013



False and Damaging Rumour – 'RSPCA Paid to Keep Quiet About Halal Slaughtering'

Messages circulating online claim that a wealthy Saudi prince pays the RSPCA £5 million per year to keep quiet about cruel Halal slaughtering methods in the UK and take no action to curtail the practise.

Published: November 5, 2013



'Apple ID Information Updated' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient's Apple ID information was updated. The recipient is urged to click a link and change the account password if her or she believes that the change was in error or was unauthorised.

Published: November 5, 2013



ASDA Attempted Kidnapping Hoax

Circulating social media message claims a little girl went missing in an ASDA store but was later found in the store's toilets where a "foreign man and woman" were changing her clothes and cutting her hair.

Published: November 5, 2013



Bogus Message Proclaims ' Christmas is banned: IT Offends Muslims'

Circulating message features a photograph depicting a newspaper headline that screams "Christmas is banned: IT Offends Muslims".

Published: November 4, 2013



False Rumour - Patron at Cosmo Romford Finds Dog Microchip Wedged in Tooth

Message circulating via Facebook claims that a diner at the Cosmo Romford restaurant found a dog microchip stuck in her tooth after eating a curry at the restaurant.

Published: November 4, 2013



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. A newer variant claims that the giant beast is a mutant caused by radiation leaked from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

Updated: November 2, 2013


Fogg Hill Wolf Kill Warning Poster

Poster circulating online states that 176 head of livestock were killed by an active wolf pack between Fogg Hill and Pole Canyon on Saturday. The poster urges people to exercise caution because bears and scavengers may be feeding in the area.

Published: November 1, 2013



NO, Obama is NOT Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods

Message circulating via social media claims that US President Obama is rolling out a nationwide network of gas stations that will offer free gas to minority groups and the poor. The message links to a website article with more information about the supposed initiative.

Published: November 1, 2013



Marks & Spencer Poppy Sales Three Percent False Rumour

Rapidly circulating social media post claims that UK store chain Marks & Spencer is only giving the Royal British Legion three percent of sales from poppies it sells.

Published: November 1, 2013


Westpac 'Login Attempt From Unrecognized Device' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac claims that a login attempt with a valid password from an unrecognized device has been detected on the recipient's account.

Published: October 31, 2013



'Really Bad Virus' Warning

Circulating social media message warns users about a "really bad virus" that can encrypt your entire computer and show a message demanding that you send $300 to a specified address.

Published: October 30, 2013



Facebook Surcharge Hoax - £1 Per Month From January 2015

Protest message being shared across Facebook claims that Facebook has announced plans to start levying a surcharge of £1 per month from 1st January 2015.

Published: October 30, 2013



BMW M5 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Messages being shared on Facebook claim that "for the 1st time on Facebook", users who like a Facebook Page, share the promotional image and comment with their desired car colour can have a chance to win a BMW M5.

Published: October 30, 2013



'Baby Andrei Needs Help' Facebook Page Donations Scam

Facebook Page asks users to send donations to help Baby Andrei who was born with almost no intestines.

Published: October 30, 2013



Beware of Fake Obamacare Websites

Circulating messages warn users that hundreds of fake health care websites have been created as a means of tricking US citizens into divulging their personal information.

Published: October 29, 2013



'Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages' Facebook Message

Facebook users have reported being blocked from liking Pages after receiving a message stating that they have been blocked for thirty days because of the amount and types of Pages they have liked recently.

Published: October 29, 2013



'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam

Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 "pieces of iPad 2" to users who share an image and like the Page.

Published: October 29, 2013



Hoax - Hacking Group Anonymous Targeting Facebook Users With Giraffe Profile Pics

Facebook warning message claims that the hacking group Anonymous is wiping out the bank accounts and hard drives of people who have played the popular giraffe challenge riddle game and are therefore using giraffe profile images.

Published: October 28, 2013


Bogus Warning - Canned Fruit From Thailand Contaminated With HIV

Circulating message claims that HIV carriers in Thailand have deliberately contaminated canned fruit in a factory by dripping their blood into the food.

Published: October 28, 2013


Giraffe Profile Picture Virus Hoax

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that changing your profile picture to that of a giraffe will allow hackers to steal your Facebook login details and remotely control your computer.

Published: October 28, 2013


Instant Noodles do NOT contain a Wax Coating That Causes Cancer

Message circulating via social media claims that instant noodles have a wax coating to stop them from sticking together and that this wax can build up in your body and cause cancer.

Published: October 25, 2013


Stephen Harper Inflammatory 'First Nations' Tweet Exposed as a Hoax

Circulating message features a screenshot of a supposed tweet by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in which he states that Canada will not yield to the First Nations and promises to crush their demonstrations. The message claims that the offending tweet was quickly removed and asks users to share the screenshot as a means of exposing and shaming Prime Minister Harper.

Published: October 24, 2013


Inaccurate 'Now Hiring' Toll Free Phone Number Message Still Circulating

Message circulating via social media claims that Fed Ex, Home Depot, UPS, Verizon, and Staples are hiring staff. The message lists toll-free phone numbers for the companies and asks that users share the information to help job seekers.

Published: October 24, 2013



Celine Dion Death Hoax Points To Rogue App

Circulating messages designed to look like news headlines or "breaking news" articles claim singer Celine Dion has died and invite users to click a link to watch an exclusive news video about her demise.

Published: October 24, 2013



Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that "for the first time ever in Facebook history" a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to like the Fan Page, share an image of the Camaro, and state their desired car colour via a comment.

Published: October 24, 2013



PayPal 'ASDA Stores Order' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has submitted an order for 59.99 GBP to Asda Stores.

Published: October 23, 2013



Amy Hamilton Missing Child Hoax

Missing person poster circulating via social media claims that 6-year-old Amy Hamilton is missing from the Croydon area of London and is believed to have been kidnapped by an "Asian grooming gang".

Published: October 23, 2013



Will Smith Facebook Death Post Leads to Rogue App

Circulating Facebook message claims that actor Will Smith has died due to a doctor's negligence during an operation. The message invites users to click a link to see CCTV footage of the operation.

Published: October 22, 2013



Orange 'Account Notification' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK mobile and Internet service provider Orange claims that new features have been added to the recipient's profile and that he or she must click a link to update account details for the new system.

Published: October 18, 2013



Ford Mustang Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that "for the first time in Facebook history" a 2013 Ford Mustang is being given away to one Facebook user. To enter, users are instructed to like the Page, share a promotional image and comment with their desired car colour.

Published: October 18, 2013



Facebook Donations For Sharing Hoax - 'Burned Baby Alexandra'

Message claims that Facebook will donate money to help burned baby Alexandra each and every time the baby's image is shared and liked.

Published: October 16, 2013



Kik Messenger 'Over Usage Of Names' Forwarding Hoax

Message claims that cross platform messaging service Kik has experienced an over usage of user names and warns users that they must forward the information to their entire contact list within 48 hours or their account will be deleted. The message also warns that Kik is about to start charging people for using the system unless they prove that they are frequent users by sending the same message to at least 10 people.

Published: October 16, 2013



Qantas Job Offer Scam Email

Email purporting to be from Australian airline Qantas claims that a number of jobs are available at the company and invites interested applicants to email their resume for consideration.

Published: October 14, 2013



Adam Sandler Snowboarding Death Hoax - Adam is STILL not Dead

Circulating message claims that popular actor Adam Sandler has died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.

Published: October 14, 2013



Death Age Facebook 'Virus' Warning

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns of a Facebook virus called "Death Age" that will post messages to all areas of Facebook from accounts that have been infected.

Published: October 14, 2013



Facebook Money For Likes Hoax - Baby With Many Cuts on Face

Facebook message featuring a picture of a baby with many cuts on his face claims that the baby has cancer and that Facebook will donate money to help him each time a user likes, shares, or comments on the picture.

Published: October 10, 2013



Virgin Australia Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page purporting to be an official Virgin Australia page claims that Facebook users who like and share a promotional image can win five tickets for a two-week trip to Sydney complete with $2000 spending money.

Published: October 10, 2013



Payment Slip Confirmation Malware Email

Email asks recipients to confirm a supposed payment by reviewing a payment slip contained in an attached file.

Published: October 10, 2013



American Express 'Unusual Activity' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from credit card provider American Express claims that irregular and unusual activity has been detected on the recipient's account and he or she must click a link to verify account details or the account will be restricted.

Published: October 10, 2013



Fake Water Bottles Airport Drug Smuggling Warning

Message warns people not to hold or carry items such as water bottles for other people when in airports because the items may contain illicit drugs. The message claims that fake water bottles have been used to smuggle drugs and includes a video showing such a bottle.

Published: October 9, 2013



Hoax - HIV Needles Hidden Under Gas Pump Handles

Message going viral via social media claims that HIV infected needles are being placed under gas pump handles and that 16 people have already been stabbed by the needles when they tried to fill their gas tanks.

Published: October 9, 2013



'Secutiry Info' Phone Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from the "technical security services department" claims that an error found in the user's account could result in an account suspension unless the user calls an included phone number to validate card information.

Published: October 8, 2013



Unsubstantiated Facebook Rumour - Lance K***** Paedophile Warning

Circulating message claims that a man named Lance tried to pick up a 13-year-old girl that he contacted via Facebook. The message includes a photograph allegedly depicting the man.

Published: October 8, 2013



FBI is NOT Searching for Woman Flipping Baby in Viral Video

Message circulating via social media claims that the FBI is calling on users to help identify a woman seen violently flipping a baby around and upside down in a viral video.

Published: October 8, 2013



Motrin Infant Drops Recall

Warning to parents circulating via social media claims that infant pain reliever Motrin Infants' Drops, Original Berry Flavour, has been recalled.

Published: October 7, 2013



iPhone 6 Like-Farming Scam

Circulating Facebook message claims that users who share a promotional image can get an iPhone 6 for free.

Published: October 7, 2013



WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax

Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".

Published: October 7, 2013



Mother Teresa Novena Chain Email

Email purporting to contain a novena from Mother Teresa that started in 1952, claims that bad luck will befall those who do not pass on the message and an accompanying image.

Published: October 1, 2013



IRS 'Invalid File Alert' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that errors have been found in files electronically submitted by the recipient.

Published: October 1, 2013



Seemingly Pointless Spam with No Links or Payload

From time to time, users may receive rather bizarre spam emails with no links, attachments, images or any sort of payload at all. The messages do not contain any hidden scripts, images or web beacons that could be of use to the spammers.

Published: October 1, 2013



Circulating Health Warning: Beware of Little White and Black Caterpillarse

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

Updated: September 30, 2013


'He Needs Your Prayers Badly' Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

Facebook message featuring an image of a baby with a very serious skin condition claims that that you can offer prayers for the baby's recovery just by liking, sharing or commenting on his picture.

Published: September 27, 2013



Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs

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

Updated: September 26, 2013



Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

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

Updated: September 26, 2013



Advance Fee Scam - 'MasterCard World Lottery 2013'

Message purporting to be from credit card provider MasterCard claims that the recipient has won a million dollars in the MasterCard World Lottery for 2013.

Published: September 26, 2013



Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?

Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

Published: September 26, 2013



Phone Text Message Credit Card Phishing Scam

"Mobile banking alert" sent via phone text message claims that the recipient's debit card has been blocked. The message instructs the recipient to go to a "personal link" to unblock the card.

Published: September 26, 2013



Circulating Story Claims 'Salvation Army says that Gays Should be Put To Death'

Circulating message claims that the Salvation Army has stated that gays should be put to death. The message includes an image of Salvation Army collectors posing beside a "Gays Not Allowed" sign.

Published: September 25, 2013



Disney Cruise Line Job Offer Scam

Email purporting to be from Disney Cruise Line claims that a number of positions are currently available and invites recipients to contact a "client service officer" to get an application form.

Published: September 25, 2013



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.

Updated: September 19, 2013


WhatsApp 'New Voicemail' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from cross platform IM application WhatsApp claims that the recipient has a new voicemail that can be accessed by clicking the "Play" button in the message.

Published: September 19, 2013


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.

Published: September 19, 2013



Warning Claims Criminals Using Stolen Cell Phones to Get Bank Card PIN's

Warning message describes a case in which a criminal who stole a woman's handbag, complete with wallet, bank cards and cell phone, was able to empty her bank account by calling her husband on the stolen cell phone and asking for the card PIN.

Published: September 19, 2013



MoneyGram International 73rd Anniversary Reward Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from MoneyGram claims that the company is rewarding customers with prizes of $60,000 as a means of celebrating its 73rd Anniversary.

Published: September 19, 2013



Warning Claims Facebook Closing Business Profiles

Circulating Facebook message warns that Facebook is closing profiles that are considered businesses. The message notes that businesses using Facebook should use Facebook Pages instead of personal profiles.

Published: September 19, 2013



Message Asks Users to Support Lawsuit About Dog Shot By Police

Circulating social media message claims that police threw a chair at a dog, tasered and shot him and then left him to bleed to death. The message asks users to like and share to support a family's lawsuit against the police.

Published: September 18, 2013



Jill's Story - Romance, Fraud and Money Laundering Scam

Jill met a man via Facebook who built a relationship with her over several months. However, when the man asked for money and requested that she accept cheques into her bank account and wire him the proceeds via Western Union, Jill became suspicious and was able to identify him as a scammer.

Published: September 18, 2013



Radisson Blu Hotel Job Vacancy Scam Email

Email purporting to be from international hotel chain, Radisson claims that jobs are available at a Radisson hotel in London and interested applicants should email their CV's or call for further discussions.

Published: September 18, 2013



Facebook Hoax - Pay to become Gold Member or All Your Documents will be Made Public

Message circulating on Facebook claims that from tomorrow all of the information that users have published on Facebook will be made public unless they pay a fee of $9.99 to become "Gold" members or repost the same message on their walls.

Updated: September 18, 2013



Image Showing a Kayak in the Mouth of a Whale

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

Updated: September 18, 2013



Malicious Hoax Falsely Claims 'Baby Attacked by Asian Youth'

Circulating message featuring an image of a baby with what appears to be a badly beaten face linked to a supposed news article that claimed that the pictured baby was punched and thrown against a wall by "an Asian youth".

Published: September 16, 2013


Unlucky Frog LADEE Rocket Launch Photograph

Message featuring what appears to be a frog leaping amidst a rocket launch claims that the photograph was taken at the LADEE launch at Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia on September 6, 2013.

Published: September 13, 2013



Reshipping Fraud - Parcel Mule Scams

Jobs offered online or via email claim that participants can earn money by receiving items and resending them to specified addresses.

Published: September 13, 2013



'Apple Account Frozen' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from Apple advises that the recipient's Apple account has been frozen and will remain frozen until the recipient opens an attached file and validates account information.

Published: September 13, 2013



Warnings Claim Facebook Is Deleting Pet Profiles

Circulating messages claim that Facebook is now deleting pet profiles and pet rescue pages.

Published: September 12, 2013



CASE NOW SOLVED - Message Asks For Help to Identify Man Killed By Train in Melbourne

A circulating social media message asks for help identifying a young man killed by a train in Melbourne, Australia in September, 2012.

Published: September 12, 2013



HM Revenue & Customs Refund of Overpayments Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the UK tax department HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient has made tax overpayments over the last three years and is therefore owed a refund. The recipient is instructed to fill in a form contained in an attached file to claim the repayment.

Published: September 12, 2013



'Special Education Week' and 'Autism and ADHD Awareness Month' Messages

Circulating social media messages claim that it is Special Education Week and Autism and ADHD awareness month and ask that users post the information and leave it as their status for one hour.

Published: September 11, 2013



Charging a Mobile Phone with Peepal Leaves

Message claims that it is possible to charge a mobile phone battery by touching the stems of peepal tree leaves to the terminals.

Updated: September 11, 2013

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Apple iPhone 5c Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that users who like and share a promotional image can gain a chance to win a new Apple iPhone 5c.

Published: September 11, 2013



Fake Companies House Emails Contain Malware

Emails purporting to be from the UK government's Companies House claim that a company complaint has been submitted against the recipient. The emails claim that more information can be viewed by opening an attached file.

Published: September 11, 2013



Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax

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

Updated: September 10, 2013



Land Registry Debit Notification Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from the UK's Land Registry claim that fees will be debited from the recipient's account in the coming days. The messages claim that users can access details about the fees to be debited by opening an attached file.

Published: September 10, 2013



Jennifer's Story - Dating and Money Laundering Scam

An online dating scammer tricked Jennifer into laundering the proceeds of crime via her own bank account.

Published: September 9, 2013



Obama Muslim Stamp - USPS Muslim Holiday Stamp Release Protest Message

Message claims that US President Obama has directed the US Postal Service to release a new stamp that honours the Muslim Eid holiday season. The message calls for a boycott of the stamp.

Updated: September 9, 2013



Pickup Truck Bus Crash Texting Warning Message

Circulating social media message featuring a photograph depicting a pickup truck crumpled between a large truck and a bus claims that the young driver of the pickup was texting just prior to the fatal accident.

Published: September 9, 2013



No, Facebook Is NOT Removing Veteran Amputee Images

Circulating message claims that Facebook is removing images depicting veteran amputees because the images are considered offensive and against Facebook's Community Standards.

Published: September 6, 2013


'Email Account Pending Deactivation' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the "Mail Administrator" claims that the user's email account is pending deactivation and will be terminated within 24 hours if the user does not click a link to sign in and update the account.

Published: September 6, 2013



NatWest 'Bonus Reward' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient's account has been selected to receive a bonus. The recipient is instructed to click a link to confirm identity and claim the bonus.

Published: September 6, 2013



No, Radiation from Fukushima has NOT Killed Hundreds of Whales

Circulating message couched as a news report claims that hundreds of whales have been killed by radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The report features a photograph showing dead whales on a beach.

Published: September 5, 2013



Google Support 'Message Blocked' Pharmacy Spam Email

Email purporting to be from Google Support claims that a message sent by the recipient has been blocked. The recipient is urged to click a link to read the blocked message or get more information.

Published: September 5, 2013



Russian Sleep Experiment Story

Article circulating on line and via email tells the horrifying story of an experiment conducted by Russian researchers during the 1940's in which five prisoners were kept awake in a sealed environment for 15 days.

Published: September 4, 2013



Carnival Cruise Free Vacation Packages Survey Scam

Message purporting to be from "Carnival Cruise" claims that Facebook users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package by liking and sharing a promotional image and clicking a link to apply for the free tickets.

Published: September 4, 2013



Angelina Jolie is Not Dead- Fake Death Message Points to Rogue App and Survey Scam

Message circulating on Facebook claims that actress Angelina Jolie has died after an operation. The post claims that people can click a link to view an inspirational video message from Angelina to her fans.

Published: September 3, 2013


Bogus LinkedIn Invites Open Drug Store Spam Sites

Message purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that a user has invited the recipient to connect on the network.

Published: September 3, 2013



Kitten Giveaway Scam

Reply to an online enquiry about free kittens claims that the sender is giving away two registered pedigree kittens and that the recipient need only pay for the shipping of the animals to adopt them.

Published: September 3, 2013



Miley Cyrus is NOT Dead - Miley Cyrus Suicide Facebook Scam

Message circulating on Facebook claims that entertainer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide due to "traumatic stress". The message urges fans to click a link to view a suicide video message from Miley.

Published: September 3, 2013



Bogus Warning - 'Russian Booksellers Looking For Children'

Viral social media messages warn that Russian booksellers are going door to door in various US locations with the intention of getting information about children for later abductions and human trafficking.

Published: August 30, 2013



Dave and Angela Dawes Advance Fee Lottery Scams

Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes claims that recipients have been randomly selected to receive 1.5 million pounds from the couple as part of a charity initiative.

Published: August 30, 2013



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: August 30, 2013



Dueling Banjos Hoax

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

Updated: August 30, 2013



Football Star Joe Montana is NOT Dead

Message circulating via social media claims that retired pro football star Joe Montana has died in a single vehicle accident.

Published: August 29, 2013


'I Am Meth' Poem

Message featuring a poem illustrating the danger and destructive nature of the drug meth claims that the poem was written by a young meth-addicted girl in jail who later died of a drug overdose.

Published: August 29, 2013


Michelin Global Grant Program Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from tyre company Michelin claims that the recipient has been awarded a grant of £1,500,000 as part of the company's "global economic empowerment program".

Published: August 28, 2013



Nonsensical Hoax - Fungus Shiue Share Image to Get Money in Four Days

Social media message claims that, according to the Chinese art of "fungus shiue", those who share an attached image depicting a very large amount of cash will receive money in four days.

Published: August 27, 2013



Western Union Mystery Shopper Money Laundering Scam

Email offers the recipient work as a mystery shopper evaluating Western Union outlets. The messages claim workers will be sent certified checks to cover evaluation costs and their pay.

Published: August 26, 2013



Viral Image Depicts Woman Holding Gun to A Baby's Head

A widely circulated Internet message asks users to share an image depicting a young woman holding a gun to a baby's head in the hope that the woman can be identified.

Published: August 23, 2013



Phishing Scam - 'Account Reported for Annoying and Insulting Facebook Users'

Message claiming to be from "Security The Facebook Team" warns recipients that their account has been reported for violating Facebook policies. Users are told that they must click a link to reconfirm their account within 12 hours or the account will be disabled.

Published: August 23, 2013



Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard

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

Updated: August 22, 2013



Phishing Email Masquerades as 'Trojan Virus' Infection Warning

Email purporting to be from an email service provider claims that the recipient's email has been infected with a Trojan Virus. The message claims that the recipient must click a link to delete the virus and recover the email account.

Published: August 22, 2013



Westpac 'New Confirmation Form' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac claims that all customers must complete and submit a new "confirmation form" contained in an attached file.

Published: August 22, 2013



Hate Letter Targets Autistic Teen and His Family

Circulating message features a venomous and hate filled letter sent to the family of a teenager with Autism.

Published: August 20, 2013



Facebook Team Security 2013 Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'

Message purporting to be a "last warning" from Facebook Security 2013 claims that recipients must click a link and re-confirm their account within 24 hours or their Facebook account will be deleted.

Published: August 20, 2013



Malicious Hoax Falsely Claims Leicester Pub Bans British Soldiers

Viral social media message claims that owners of the Globe Pub in Leicester, UK, have banned all British military personnel from entering their premises for fear of upsetting local non-British customers. The message features a picture supposedly depicting the owners of the pub.

Published: August 19, 2013


Circulating Message Claims a Dog Died after Playing With a Poisoned Filled Nerf Football

Circulating Facebook message claims that a dog playing at a community dog park died minutes after picking up a poison-filled Nerf football he found.

Published: August 19, 2013



JetBlue Vacation Giveaway Like Farming Scam

Facebook Page posing as a JetBlue Airways page claims that Facebook users can win a six day all expenses paid vacation just by liking and sharing a promotional image.

Published: August 19, 2013



Suncorp Bank 'New Database Transfiguration' Phishing Scam

Email claims that the recipient's Suncorp account is about to expire due to a "new database transfiguration" and he or she must click a "security link" to keep the account from being suspended.

Published: August 16, 2013



Facebook Warning Claims Pedigree Dry Dog Food Killed Dogs

Viral Facebook message claims that a person's dogs died after eating Pedigree Dry Dog Food. The message includes an image of a sick dog lying in a pool of vomit.

Published: August 16, 2013



Missing Teen Devon Ward Has Been Located and is Safe

Circulating social media message claims that 14-year-old Devon Ward is missing and asks users to share his photograph and description in the hope that someone has seen him.

Published: August 16, 2013



Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses

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

Updated: August 15, 2013


Delta Airlines Survey Scam

Facebook Page masquerading as an official Delta Airlines Page claims that it is giving Facebook users who share a promotional image and click a link the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Disney World.

Published: August 15, 2013


Tekeisha's Story - Identity Theft

Tekeisha had her identity stolen after she was tricked into supplying personal and financial information via a fake PayPal email.

Published: August 15, 2013


Hoax - 'Lawful Interception Recovery Fee' on AT&T Bill

Message claims that users under surveillance are being charged a "lawful interception fee" to cover the cost of wiretapping their phones. As proof, the message includes an image depicting an AT&T bill that lists the alleged fee.

Published: August 14, 2013


Cell Phone Photos Privacy Risk Warning

Circulating message warns that cell phone photographs posted online contain information that can allow strangers to identify the location where the pictures were taken. The message contains a TV news video that discusses the issue.

Published: August 14, 2013


Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History

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

Updated: August 13, 2013



Deaths From Free Perfume Samples Hoax

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

Updated: August 13, 2013



Image of Dog Heads On Supermarket Shelf

Message that features an image of what appears to show plastic wrapped dog heads displayed on a supermarket shelf claims that the Chinese have applied to have frozen dog heads imported for human consumption. Another version claims that the picture shows dog heads for sale in a Shoprite Shopping Mall in a Nigerian state.

Published: August 9, 2013



Has Sylvester Stallone Announced That He Has Surrendered His Life To Christ?

Circulating message claims that actor Sylvester Stallone publicly announced a few days ago that he had "surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ". The message suggests that the announcement was not given media coverage because "it has no rating, it pays no publicity and it is politically dangerous".

Published: August 9, 2013



'Unclaimed Tesco Voucher' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Tesco claims that the recipient is eligible to receive 2000 pounds worth of unclaimed Tesco vouchers.

Published: August 9, 2013



Is Facebook Removing A Picture Depicting A Breast Cancer Survivor's Tattooed Chest?

Circulating message claims that, due to its rules on nudity, Facebook keeps removing an image showing the intricately tattooed chest of a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy.

Published: August 8, 2013



ATO Tax Refund Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and should open an attached .zip file containing a Microsoft Word document for further details.

Published: August 8, 2013



Facebook Message Warns Cutest Baby Comp Images Being Used on Sex Slave Site

Viral Facebook message warns that baby photographs entered into a Cutest Baby competition via a UK website are being reposted on another website "to be sold as sex slaves".

Published: August 7, 2013



Kidnapped Hakken Boys Are Now Home Safe and Well

Circulating message asks users to watch out for missing boys Cole and Chase Hakken.

Published: August 6, 2013



Message Warns Of Requests for Photos Of Babies With Nappies Open

Circulating social media message warns that a woman who frequents baby groups is asking users to send photographs of their babies with nappies open as part of a research project.

Published: August 6, 2013



Six Flags Free Season Tickets Like-Farming Scam

Message being distributed on Facebook claims that Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to Facebook users who like and share a promotional image and click a link to claim their prize.

Published: August 6, 2013



Boob Melons Hoax – 'Vietnamese Gourd or Pumpkin' Images

Circulating message that features a series of images depicting objects shaped like human female breasts claims that the objects are gourds or pumpkins that grow naturally in Vietnam.

Published: August 2, 2013



Faux Images - Mermaid Skeleton

Message circulating via social media feature photographs of what appears to be a mermaid skeleton being excavated by archaeologists.

Published: August 2, 2013



A 'Yes' Vote in an Upcoming Australian Referendum Will NOT Result in Sharia Law Being Implemented

Message exhorts Australian citizens to vote "NO" in an upcoming referendum to recognize local government in the constitution because a "YES" vote will mean that Muslims living in a local area can demand that Sharia law be implemented.

Published: August 1, 2013



Bank of America 'Transaction is Completed' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from Bank of America claim that a transaction has been completed and that a large sum of money has been successfully transferred. The message claims that a payment receipt is included in an attached file.

Published: August 1, 2013



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.

Updated: July 31, 2013



Nichole Morgan Friend Request Hacker Hoax

Circulating social media message warns users not to accept a friend request from a person named Nichole Morgan because accepting her will allow her to hack your computer. The message includes a photograph of the alleged hacker.

Published: July 31, 2013



BT Yahoo! Mail 'Classic Version Closing' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from BT Yahoo warns recipients that the classic version of the BT Yahoo! email system is closing and users must click a link to upgrade to the new system. Users are warned that their email will no longer work if they fail to upgrade.

Published: July 30, 2013



X Factor Australia Like Farming Scam

Facebook Page purporting to be the X Factor Australia fan page claims that users who like the Page and share a promotional image can win 1 of 250 iMac computers.

Published: July 30, 2013



Giant Rabbit Photographs

Circulating photographs show an extremely large rabbit being held up by its owner.

Updated: July 29, 2013


Costco Voucher Giveaway Like-Farming and Survey Scam

Circulating Facebook messages claim that users can get a $500 voucher from Costco by liking and sharing a picture, posting a comment and clicking a link.

Published: July 29, 2013


Warning - Grapes and Raisins Toxic to Dogs And Cats

Circulating message warns that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats.

Published: July 29, 2013



Circulating Warning Claims Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer

Long circulated message claims that antiperspirants are the leading cause of breast cancer because they stop toxins from being removed in sweat and instead deposit the toxins in the lymph nodes.

Published: July 26, 2013



Gareth & Catherine Bull Advance Fee Lottery Scam

Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Gareth & Catherine Bull claims that the couple has decided to donate £1.5 million to ten people as part of a charity project and that the recipient is one of those selected.

Published: July 26, 2013



Does a Viral Video Really Depict a Snowfall in the Philippines?

Video going viral via YouTube and social media posts claims to show a bizarre and unprecedented snowfall in the Philippines.

Published: July 25, 2013


Wellness Company Woolies Voucher Hoax

Email claims that the Wellness Company is giving away 250 Woolworths (South Africa) vouchers to those who forward the email to five ladies.

Published: July 25, 2013



Qantas 'E-Ticket Itinerary Receipt' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from Australian based airline Qantas claims that recipients can view an 'E-Ticket Itinerary Receipt' by opening an attached file.

Published: July 25, 2013



The Tale of Pastor Jeremiah Steepek and the Homeless Man

Circulating message tells the tale of a newly appointed pastor who posed as a homeless man before meeting his congregation for the first time. The message features a photograph that it claims shows Pastor Steepek dressed as the homeless man.

Published: July 24, 2013



American Express 'Online Security Service Notification' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from American Express informs recipients that they must click a link to update online banking account information because new security measures are being imposed.

Published: July 24, 2013



Dell Computer Giveaway Survey and Like Farming Scam

Message circulating on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Dell computer just by liking a Facebook Page and participating in an online survey.

Published: July 24, 2013



Tear Drop Monument - Russian Gift to the United States

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

Published: July 24, 2013



Bank of America Merchant Statement Malware Email

Message purporting to be from Bank of America claims that recipients can view a Paymentech electronic Merchant Billing Statement by opening an attached file.

Published: July 23, 2013



Disgraceful Hoax – 'All Facebook Companies' Donations to Help 9 Year Old Girl'

Circulating Facebook message claims that, every time a user likes, comments on or shares the message, "all Facebook companies" will donate 20 cents to help a 9-year-old girl severely injured in an attack.

Published: July 23, 2013



‘Disneyland SuMMer Vacation’ Free Tickets Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims to be giving away several hundred tickets to Disneyland because the tickets have been returned and therefore cannot be sold.

Published: July 22, 2013



MBNA 'Request to Terminate Online Card Services' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from online credit card provider MBNA claims that they are processing the recipient's request to terminate his or her online card services. The user is instructed to click a link if he or she did not request such a termination and wishes to continue using the service.

Published: July 22, 2013



Burned Dog Paws Warning

Circulating message, which features a picture of a dog with severely burned paws claims that the injuries were the result of walking the dog on asphalt or concrete in the summer.

Published: July 19, 2013



Tim Tams 'May Contain Traces of Human Flesh' Hoax Image

Circulating image depicts a packet of Tim Tams chocolate biscuits featuring the allergy warning "MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF PEANUTS AND HUMAN FLESH".

Published: July 19, 2013



Spurious Facebook Warning – 'Powerful Computer Viruses Named Trojans'

Facebook message warns users of several supposed Facebook security threats that it claims are powerful computer viruses named "Trojans" that can automatically forward themselves to all your contacts.

Published: July 19, 2013



Big W Samsung TV Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page purporting to be that of Australian retail giant Big W claims that users can win a 40 inch Samsung TV just by sharing and liking a promotional image.

Published: July 19, 2013



Siamese Pike Photograph

Message that includes a photograph of what appears to be a Siamese pike suggests that the freak fish is a result of chemicals in the water. A new, social media driven, version claims that the "creepy" fish was caught in Pigeon Lake, Alberta.

Published: July 18, 2013



Circulating Message Warns of Drug Called 'Molly'

Widely circulated message tells the story of a mother who found a drug known as "molly" in her 14-year-old son's clothing.

Published: July 18, 2013



'Confirm Your Apple Account' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient needs to click a link to log into his or her Apple account and confirm ownership.

Published: July 18, 2013



Windows Live - Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam

Emails purporting to be from Windows Live - Hotmail Customer Care claim that the recipient must confirm his or her Windows Live account by replying with account login details within a specified time frame or risk having the account closed down. Alternative versions instruct users to click a link to supply login details.

Published: July 17, 2013



Circulating Internet Message Warns of Rotavirus Outbreak

Circulating message warns parents that there is currently an outbreak of potentially deadly rotavirus.

Published: July 17, 2013



Facebook 'Graphic App' Privacy Warning Hoax

Circulating Facebook message warns that, due to the new "Graphic App", material posted on Facebook is no longer private and can be seen by anyone. The message includes instructions for overcoming this supposed problem.

Published: July 16, 2013


Harvey Norman Like Farming Scam

Facebook Page touting itself as the official Harvey Norman Australia Facebook Page claims that users who share and like a promotional photograph can win a 40 inch Samsung Smart TV.

Published: July 16, 2013


Capri Sun Mold Warning

Message circulating virally via social media posts warns parents that mold has been found inside a container of the popular fruit drink Capri Sun. The message includes a photograph of the moldy beverage in a glass. Another version claims a worm was found in the beverage and includes an image depicting the supposed worm.

Published: July 15, 2013



False Child Abduction Alert – 'Lilly Snatched From Surrey'

Circulating social media message claims that 3-year-old Lilly was snatched from the Surrey area of the UK within the last hour. The message includes a picture of the child along with the registration number and description of the car she was last seen in.

Published: July 15, 2013



Gas Saving Tips – Are They Really Saving You Anything?

An email forward that started in 2007 has made the jump to Facebook, added a new bit, and is still as wrong as it ever was.

Published: July 15, 2013



China Food Imports – Is It Really That Simple?

In a North American targeted screed, a copy/paste forward extolls the evils of food products imported from China. As the screed specifically targets North American imports, this article also focuses primarily on US/North American imports from China. However, the implications of the analysis could be applied to any importing country.

Published: July 12, 2013



Jury Duty Phone Scam Warning

Circulating message warns that scammers are committing identity theft by phoning potential victims and threatening them with prosecution for failing to report for jury duty unless they reveal sensitive personal information.

Published: July 12, 2013



Myth – Ice Water Can Cause Dangerous Bloating in Dogs

Long running Internet warning claims that pet owners should never give their dogs ice water and cites a case of a show dog that suffered severe bloat after drinking water with ice in it.

Published: July 11, 2013



Amazon 'Important Message From Security Center' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services claims that recipients need to click a link to read an important message or risk having their Amazon account restricted.

Published: July 11, 2013



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.

Published: July 10, 2013



Kmart Australia Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claiming to be the official Kmart Australia page offers giveaways of expensive items such as TV's and iPads to users who like the page and share its images.

Published: July 10, 2013



Do Water Filled Zip-Lock Bags with Added Pennies Keep Flies Away?

Long circulated tip claims that hanging a plastic bag half filled with water and containing four pennies will repel flies.

Published: July 10, 2013



Photos of Old Car Collection Found in Portugal Barn

Email with attached photographs of an extensive collection of valuable old cars claims that a New York man discovered the vehicles locked in a barn on a property he bought in Portugal.

Published: July 10, 2013



Faux Image – Mounted Police Officer Riding Giant Dog

Circulating image appears to depict a police officer mounted on a giant dog alongside another officer on a horse..

Published: July 9, 2013



Expedia Travel Itinerary Malware Email

Email purporting to be a trip itinerary from travel booking service Expedia.com.au provides details for a recently booked trip and claims that recipients can view trip details in an attached file.

Published: July 9, 2013



'Google Account Hacked' Text Message Scam

Text message claims that the recipient's Google account has been hacked and he or she needs to reply with a specified code word to receive a call to verify and reactivate the account.

Published: July 9, 2013



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.

Published: July 8, 2013



Hoax - Pope Benedict XVI Resigned Papacy to Convert to Islam

Circulating story claims that Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February 2013 because he had decided to convert to Islam.

Published: July 8, 2013



Wonga.com 'Account Error' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from short-term loan company Wonga.com claims that, due to a database error, customers must fill in and submit an attached HTML form to update their account and avoid a hold being placed on their funds.

Published: July 5, 2013



Hoax Warning Claims Deadly Swine Flu Epidemic in South Africa

An Afrikaans language message circulating rapidly via email and social media claims that 65 people have died and 25 women have miscarried in recent months due to an outbreak of a deadly strain of Swine Flu.

Published: July 4, 2013



Australian Government Withdrawing Funds From Inactive Accounts Warning

Circulating message warns that the Australian Federal Government can now take money from bank accounts that have had no deposits and withdrawals for three years because such accounts are deemed inactive.

Published: July 4, 2013



'Facebook Has Sent You a Message' Pharmacy Spam

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

Published: July 3, 2013



Pepsi Cola Bottling Company 'Grant Compensation' Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company claims that the recipient has won $890,000 in the company's 2013 "grant compensation" draw and need only tender an insurance fee of $141 to claim the prize.

Published: July 3, 2013



Does a Viral Image Depict a Monkey Saving a Puppy From An Explosion?

Circulating message claims that an attached picture shows a monkey saving a small puppy from a factory explosion in China.

Published: July 3, 2013



Advance Fee Scammers Using Cloned FB Accounts To Gain Victims

A description of how advance fee scammers are using cloned Facebook profiles to find new victims.

Published: July 3, 2013



South African 'Mighty Men' Conferences Racial Integration Hoax

Circulating message claims that South Africa's ANC has proposed a bill that would force the organizers of the popular Christian "Mighty Men" conferences to ensure that 70% of conference tickets were sold to native Africans in a move to advance racial integration.

Published: July 3, 2013



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: July 1, 2013



Browser and Operating System Survey Scam

Links in various spam emails point to a website that claims that recipients cam win an expensive prize in exchange for filling in an "opinion survey" about the browser and operating system that they are using.

Published: July 1, 2013



Circulating Message Falsely Accuses Pictured Man of Being a Human Trafficker

Circulating message that features a picture of a man sitting in a car claims that the man is a very dangerous human trafficker who preys on young children and single women and you should alert the police if you see him.

Published: June 28, 2013



Overblown Facebook Warning About "Place of Birth" Game

Circulating Facebook message warns users not to play the "place of birth" game because the answer is one of your banking security questions and can be used by criminals to steal your identity and access your bank accounts.

Published: June 27, 2013



Bank of Montreal 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) claims that it is conducting a customer survey and will credit $180 to the accounts of those willing to participate.

Published: June 26, 2013



Do Images show a Brazilian Man Who Had Surgery to Get a Dog's Face?

Circulating messages claim that a series of included images depict a man in Brazil who had a dog's snout, eyebrows and ears surgically implanted onto his own face.

Published: June 26, 2013



Bomb Detection Dog Like-Farming Scam

Facebook message featuring a picture depicting a funeral service for a bomb detection dog that saved many lives during a terrorist attack in India, claims that users can show respect for the fallen canine by liking the image.

Published: June 25, 2013



Facebook Shoes Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that you can win one of 3289 pairs of Facebook branded Adidas shoes just by sharing an image of the shoes.

Published: June 24, 2013



Jackie Chan is NOT Dead

Message circulating via social media claims that popular actor Jackie Chan died after falling from a building during a stunt.

Published: June 24, 2013



Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax

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

Published: June 21, 2013



Like-Farming Giveaway Scam Pretends to be Official Argos Facebook Page

Facebook Page, which masquerades as the official Page for UK retail store Argos, claims that that users who share a photo and like the Page can win a 47 inch HD TV.

Published: June 21, 2013



Naked Mole Rats Not Susceptible To Cancer.

Message circulating via social media claims that naked mole rats are immune to cancer and that scientists have identified the molecule that provides this immunity.

Published: June 21, 2013



Christopher or Jessica Davies Hacker Hoax Warning

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

Published: June 21, 2013



Advance Fee Scam - Google 15th Anniversary Awards

Message purporting to be from Google claims that the "email owner" has won eight hundred thousand British pounds in the Google 15th Anniversary Awards.

Published: June 21, 2013



Does a Viral Picture Show a Giant Snake That Swallowed a Woman in South Africa?

Message going viral on social media claims that a giant snake swallowed a woman near Durban North, South Africa in June 2013. The message includes a photograph of a large python and claims that the picture was taken by Linda Laina Nyatoro, a South African reporter who witnessed the incident.

Published: June 19, 2013


HM Revenue & Customs 'Unclaimed Refund' Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from the UK's HM Revenue & Customs, advises that the recipient is yet to claim a tax refund and should click a link to submit a tax refund request.

Published: June 18, 2013



Garbled Facebook Message Warns of 'New FB Cloning Scam'

Message circulating on Facebook warns users of a "new fb cloning scam" in which scammers pretend to be you and ask your friends to send them money.

Published: June 14, 2013



No, Microwaving your Smart Phone Will NOT Charge Its Battery

Circulating message claims that placing your smart phone in a microwave for one minute will fully charge its battery.

Published: June 13, 2013



Bogus Warning - Don't Flash Headlights Gang Initiation

Message purporting to be from security company Chubb warns drivers not to flash their headlights at any cars driving with no lights on. The message claims that, as part of a gang initiation, gang members will chase any car that flashes them and shoot and kill all of the cars occupants.

Published: June 13, 2013


Perfume Email Hoax

Circulating messages claim that criminals lurking in parking areas are using drugs disguised as perfume to debilitate and rob victims.

Published: June 12, 2013



Giant Snake on Digging Machine Image

Circulating message claims that an attached photograph depicts a massive 700 lb snake hanging on the boom of a digging machine. According to the message, the snake was pulled from a lake in Proctor, North Carolina.

Published: June 12, 2013



Ticketmaster 'Ticket Order Confirmation' Scam Emails

Email purporting to be from event ticket provider, Ticketmaster claims to be a "ticket order confirmation" for a recent ticket purchase. The message claims that details of the ticket purchase can be found in an attached file.

Published: June 11, 2013



Black Muslim in the White House Virus Hoax

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

Published: June 11, 2013



Super Moon June 23, 2013

Messages circulating on Facebook claim that a "Super Moon" will occur on June 23, 2013 and ask users to spread the word so that others can also enjoy the event.

Published: June 7, 2013



UPS 'Parcel Has Been Found' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from UPS claims that a parcel lost in the Christmas rush has now been found and sent. The email contains a link that supposedly opens a shipment label for the parcel.

Published: June 7, 2013



System32 Virus Hoax

The message is a nasty - and potentially damaging - hoax. System32 is not a virus and is not harmful. In fact, System32 is an important Windows operating system folder. If you delete the System32 folder, your computer will no longer work and you will need to reinstall the operating system.

Published: June 6, 2013


NAB Survey Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from the National Australia Bank (NAB) claims that customers can earn a reward of $100 by clicking a link and filling in an online form.

Published: June 6, 2013


Dubai Sewage System - Poop Truck Video

Circulating message that features a YouTube video depicting seemingly endless lines of sewage trucks in Dubai claims that the trucks are necessary because the city does not have a sewage system that can service all of its new buildings.

Published: June 5, 2013


Vodafone Tax Refund Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that recipients are eligible to receive a tax refund and should click a link to access an online refund form.

Published: June 4, 2013



Vodafone System Update Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that, due to a new system update, customers must click a link to login and confirm their email address.

Published: June 4, 2013



Impaled Boy Facebook Like Farming Hoax

Message featuring an image of a young boy impaled by an iron rod claims that CNN and Facebook have agreed to donate money to help pay the boy's medical expenses each and every time his picture is liked, shared or commented on. The message claims that Facebook and CNN will donate $20 per like, $50 per comment and $100 per share.

Published: June 3, 2013



SunTrust Bank Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be an Activity Summary from US based bank SunTrust claims that the recipient's contact information has been updated and that he or she can click a link to view the updates.

Published: June 3, 2013



Westpac 'Quick Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australia's Westpac Bank claims that the recipient can have a reward of up to $100 credited to their account in exchange for clicking a link or opening an attachment and filling in a short survey.

Published: June 3, 2013



Cold Water Causes Cancer Warning Message - Warm Water and Heart Attacks

Message claims that drinking cold water after a meal will solidify "oily stuff" present in the food consumed and will lead to cancer. A new version recommends drinking warm water with meals and tacks on unrelated information about heart attacks.

Published: June 3, 2013



Facebook Account Locked Due to Malware Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a popup window advising that their Facebook account has been temporarily locked because malware has been detected on their computer. According to the message, clicking "continue" on the popup will install a virus that will wipe out the user's computer.

Published: May 29, 2013



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.

Published: May 29, 2013



'European Financial Surveillance Union' Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from an entity called the "European Financial Surveillance Union" claims that a "payment verdict" has been reached and that funds previously promised to the recipient but never sent will now finally be payed via an immediate cash delivery.

Published: May 28, 2013



Jane's Story - Dating Scam

A scammer who claimed that he had a contract to build a bridge in the UK tried to trick Jane into handing over her banking details, supposedly so that he could use it to deposit a large sum of money into her account.

Published: May 28, 2013



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.

Updated: May 28, 2013



Baby With Mermaid Syndrome - Yet Another Like-Farming Sick Baby Hoax

Facebook message featuring an image of a child with her legs fused together being attended to by a surgeon claims that Facebook and CNN will pay $20 per like, $50 per comment and $100 per share to help pay the child's medical expenses.

Published: May 27, 2013



Nora's Story - Dating Scam

Nora was scammed out of several thousand Euro by a man who claimed to be a contractor working on a large project in Ghana.

Published: May 27, 2013



Facebook 'Fan Page Verification Program' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Facebook Security claims that a new security feature called the "Fan Page Verification Program" is being implemented and that Page owners must click a link and choose a ten digit security code to complete the process. Recipients are warned that their Page will be suspended permanently if the process is not completed by May 30, 2013.

Published: May 24, 2013



Knob Face (or Koobface) Trojan Worm Virus Warning Message

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

Updated: May 22, 2013



Lottery Scammers Exploit Names of Real Lottery Winners Violet and Allen Large

Email purporting to be from Canadian Lottery winners Violet and Allen Large claims that the couple has decided to donate $2 million of their winnings to the recipient. The message asks the recipient to contact the couple via email to find out more details about the donation.

Published: May 22, 2013



Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dies

Messages circulating via social media claim that Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for iconic band, The Doors, has passed away from cancer.

Published: May 21, 2013


Facebook Sick Child Hoax - '1 like = $5, 1 Comment = $3, 1 Share = $2'

Message featuring an image of a young child offering a drink to another child with what appears to be severe burns claims that Facebook will donate money to help the child every time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.

Published: May 21, 2013


Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email

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

Published: May 20, 2013



Does Drinking Water at Certain Times Of The Day Maximize Its Health Benefits?

Message purporting to be from a cardiac specialist claims that drinking water at specified times of the day can help activate organs, aid digestion, lower blood pressure and stop people from suffering strokes or heart attacks.

Published: May 18, 2013



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.

Published: May 17, 2013



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

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: May 16, 2013



'Uniform Traffic Ticket' Malware Email

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

Published: May 16, 2013



Eminem was NOT Stabbed

Message circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has been stabbed four times and urges recipients to click a link to view a video of the stabbing.

Published: May 15, 2013



Facebook Like-Farming Scams

An increasing number of bogus Pages appearing on Facebook are designed to do nothing more than artificially increase their popularity by tricking users into "liking" them. This tactic has come to be known as "like-farming". The goal of these unscrupulous like-farmers is to increase the value of Facebook Pages so that they can be sold on the black market to other scammers and/or used to market dubious products and services and distribute further scams.

Published: May 15, 2013



ANZ 'Quick 3-Question Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from ANZ claims that recipients can have $35 credited to their accounts just for opening an attached file and filling in a brief survey.

Published: May 14, 2013



Yet Another Deplorable Sick Baby Hoax

Post claims that parents can’t afford treatment for infant injured in car accident, and liking/sharing will equate to donations.

Published: May 11, 2013



'Facebook Online International Lottery' Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient has won $950,000 in the annual Facebook Online International Lottery and should contact the Facebook "disbursement department" to claim the prize.

Published: May 10, 2013



Messages Warn of 'Deadly Giant Snails' In Texas

Circulating messages warn that deadly giant snails have been found in Houston, Texas.

Published: May 10, 2013



Was an image of a Weird 'Half Cat' Captured by Google Street View?

An image going viral via social media supposedly depicts a strange half cat creature with only two legs and no ears caught in action by Google Street View cameras

Published: May 9, 2013



No, A Facebook Page is NOT Stealing Baby Photos of People Who Have 'Baby' On Their Walls

A flurry of breathless Facebook messages warn users that a Facebook Page is automatically stealing baby photos from anyone that has the word "baby" written on their Facebook Walls or images and compiling the photos into one place.

Published: May 9, 2013



Were Cages Placed Over Graves in Victorian Times to Trap the Undead?

Circulating message that features an image depicting a grave covered by a sturdy iron cage claims that the cages were used in Victorian times to keep vampires and zombies from escaping should they rise from the dead.

Published: May 9, 2013



Water Bottle Car Fire Warning

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

Published: May 8, 2013



Citibank Paymentech Billing Statement Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from Citibank Paymentech invites recipients to open an attached file to view a Merchant Billing Statement.

Published: May 7, 2013



Bear Grylls Producer Snakebite Foot Injury Picture

Social media message featuring an image depicting a severe foot injury claims that the injury was the result of a snakebite suffered by Stephen Rankin a producer of the Bear Grylls television series.

Published: May 7, 2013



'I'm Not Asking You to Like This' - Yet Another Sick Baby Donations For Sharing Hoax

Facebook message featuring an image of a severely malnourished child claims that Facebook will donate $1 every time the image is shared on the network.

Published: May 7, 2013



Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam

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

Published: May 7, 2013



Is the US Department of Defense/Pentagon/Obama Going to Court-Martial Christians?

Nothing brings out extremes in rhetoric quite like discussions centering on religion.

Published: May 3, 2013



Warning Message About False Widow Spider in UK

Social media driven message warns UK residents that venom from a spider called the False Widow that is now in the UK can cause amputations if bites are not properly treated.

Published: May 3, 2013



'Wire Transfer Canceled' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the US Federal Reserve claims that a wire transfer sent from the recipient's bank account was not processed and that details about the transfer can be viewed in an attached file.

Published: May 1, 2013



BMW Advance Fee Prize Scam

Email purporting to be from car maker BMW claims that the recipient has won 450,000 pounds and a BMW in an "international promotion program" run by the company.

Published: May 1, 2013



Becoming a Father or Mother Facebook Group Pedophile Warning Hoax

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

Updated: April 30, 2013


Facebook Proposed Video Ads Message

Message purporting to be from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg claims that the network is considering implementing new video ads that will run automatically every ten minutes and stop people from using Facebook until they are finished running. The message claims that users can share the message to register their opposition to the proposed video ads.

Published: April 30, 2013



Facebook Profile Viewer Scam

Message being spammed across Facebook claims that users can follow a link to install an app that allows them to check who has been viewing their profile.

Published: April 30, 2013



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: April 29, 2013



Golden Zebra Photograph

Circulating image depicts a rare golden zebra with bright blue eyes.

Published: April 26, 2013



Facebook 'Account May Not Be Authentic' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook account is to be blocked because the account may not be authentic. The recipient is instructed to click a link to reconfirm the account within 24 hours and is warned that failing to reconfirm will result in permanent removal of the account.

Published: April 24, 2013



Tick Removal Advice - Liquid Soap Technique

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

Updated: April 23, 2013



Craigslist Overpayment Scam Warning Message

Message circulating on Facebook describes a Craigslist user's experience with an an overpayment scam and warns other users to watch out for such criminal tactics.

Published: April 23, 2013



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: April 22, 2013


Google Maps 'Murder Scene'

Circulating message claims that an attached image taken from Google Maps may depict a grisly murder scene on a wooden jetty complete with blood trail. The message urges users to quickly go to the specified map coordinates to zoom in and view the scene before Google removes it.

Published: April 18, 2013



Fake Cover-More Insurance Emails Carry Malware

Email purporting to be a policy purchase notification from Australian travel insurance provider Cover-More urges recipients to open an attached .zip file to view a Certificate of Insurance.

Published: April 17, 2013



Circulating Picture Falsely Claims to Show Eight Year Old Boston Bombing Victim

Message circulating rapidly via Facebook claims that authorities are carrying out DNA tests on a New Zealand girl who closely resembles missing British child Madeleine McCann.

Published: April 16, 2013



Madeleine McCann New Zealand Lookalike Facebook Post

Message circulating rapidly via Facebook claims that authorities are carrying out DNA tests on a New Zealand girl who closely resembles missing British child Madeleine McCann.

Published: April 16, 2013



Burundanga Business Card Drug Warning

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

Published: April 16, 2013



William's Story - Stranded Friend Begging Message Scam

William was tricked into giving his credit card details to criminals. The scammers sent a message purporting to be from a good friend of William's that claimed that the friend had been robbed and needed help to get home.

Published: April 15, 2013



Misleading and Inaccurate Diatribe - 'Toning Down' Anzac Day 2015

Bitter and inflammatory political diatribe claims that Australia's Federal government is intent on toning down the Anzac Day 2015 centenary because the event may offend immigrants to Australia.

Published: April 12, 2013



'Rarest Meteor Shower' - April 22, 2013

Message circulating via social media claims that on the night of April 22, 2013, people on Earth will have a chance to view one of the rarest meteor showers, with thousands of "shooting stars" visible in the night sky.

Published: April 11, 2013



NatWest 'Inadequate Security Enrollment' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient's online banking has been disabled due to "Inadequate security enrollment" or a login error. The recipient is instructed to click a link to login to reactive the account.

Published: April 11, 2013



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: April 11, 2013



False Claim – Muslims can Avoid Paying Bedroom Tax by Designating One Bedroom as a Prayer Room

Messages circulating via social media claim that Muslims can be exempted from the new bedroom tax imposed on UK welfare recipients by setting aside the spare bedroom as a prayer room.

Published: April 10, 2013



Optional Facebook Trial Allows Users to Pay to Send Messages to Non-Friend Inboxes

Various messages circulating via Facebook claim that the company is about to start charging users for sending messages on the network.

Published: April 10, 2013



False Claim - Anzac Day Badges Banned at Mt. Warren Park Shopping Centre

Circulating message claims that Anzac Day badges were not sold at Mt. Warren Shopping Centre because the owner of the centre is from the Middle East and he refused permission for businesses in the complex to sell the badges.

Published: April 9, 2013



The Bogus Tale of The British Flag Lapel Pin and the Rude Muslim Woman in the Checkout Queue

Message tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a British supermarket checkout queue was taken to task and put in her place by an elderly shopper after she made critical remarks about the cashier's British flag lapel pin and the UK's military involvement in Afghanistan.

Published: April 8, 2013


Satire - Message Claims Parents Put Daughter Up For Adoption Because She is Gay

A message circulating via social media claims that a Southern Carolina couple have put their sixteen year old daughter up for adoption after finding out that she was gay.

Published: April 8, 2013


Vladimir Putin's Supposed Speech to the Duma on Minorities and Sharia Law

Widely circulated message claims that, in a February 14, 2013 speech to the Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly advised Russian minorities that they should speak Russian and adapt to Russian culture if they wish to live in the country and that, if they prefer Sharia Law, then they should go somewhere else to live.

Published: April 8, 2013


'Warning Code: 11XXTT8765' Email Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the "Admin Team" claims that, due to a scheduled maintenance and upgrade, users must reply with their email password or their email account will be terminated.

Published: April 5, 2013



'Your PayPal Account Was Deleted' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's PayPal account has been deleted and he or she must click a "Recover Account" link to get the account back.

Published: April 3, 2013



Facebook 'Name and Shame Baby Beater' Message

Rapidly circulating Facebook message asks users to share a "name and shame" photograph of a man accused of severely beating a 17 month old baby.

Published: April 3, 2013



'Like' and 'Share' Harvesting Hoax - Boy Beaten for Liking One Direction

Facebook message that features an image of a boy supposedly beaten around the face with a piece of wood claims that he has been bullied all his life and now beaten because he is a fan of the band One Direction. The message claims that "all face companies" will donate $10 per like and $50 per share to help pay for the boy's surgery.

Published: April 2, 2013



Robin Williams 'Perfect Plan' For Peace Speech

Long circulated message claims that US comedian Robin Williams came up with a "perfect plan" for achieving peace in the world, which he delivered during a speech in New York.

Published: April 1, 2013


Bogus Facebook Message Claims Fake RSPCA Workers Trying to Steal Dogs in Coxhoe

Facebook message warns that two women posing as RSPCA workers have been attempting to steal dogs in the Coxhoe area of the UK. The message claims that the RSPCA has confirmed that such activities are occurring.

Published: March 29, 2013


'Bad Brit' - Nigel Farage and the Tory Party's Worst Nightmare

A circulating political piece that discusses perceived issues with UK social and political life is attributed to British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage.

Published: March 28, 2013



Viral Facebook Message Falsely Claims that a Pictured Man is Posing as an RSPCA Officer and Stealing Dogs

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that a man depicted in an attached photograph is posing as an RSPCA officer and has attempted to steal dogs in the South Yorkshire area of the UK.

Published: March 28, 2013



Digital Pad ATM Skimming Device Warning

Circulating image depicts a scamming system in which a fake keypad is placed over the top of the genuine keypad on an ATM as a means of stealing card data.

Published: March 27, 2013



UK National Lottery Scams

Emails supposedly from the UK National Lottery claim that the recipient has won a large sum of money and must supply personal information to the "agent" in charge of the prize.

Updated: March 27, 2013



Gun Owner Vehicle Tagging Hoax

Circulating warning claims that criminal gangs are tagging gun owner vehicles with dots, check marks or coloured stickers so that guns can be later stolen.

Published: March 26, 2013



Carol's Story - Dating Scam

Carol was almost scammed by a man she met on a Christian dating site. The scammer claimed that he attended her church but was currently working overseas building an oil platform.

Published: March 26, 2013



Message Calls For Boycott of Starbucks For Its 'Attack on Traditional Marriage'

Circulating protest message claims that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told a shareholder to sell his shares if he supported traditional marriage and that people who are for traditional marriage cannot buy shares in the company. The message calls for a boycott of the company due to their "far left radical" attack on traditional marriage.

Published: March 26, 2013



Child Porn Ransomware Warning

Circulating message warns users about a type of virus that locks files on the infected computer and threatens to inform the police that the victim has been downloading child porn if he or she does not pay a fee to have incriminating files removed.

Published: March 26, 2013



Use Left Ear For Mobile Phone Hoax

Message supposedly endorsed by the "Apollo medical team", claims that mobile (cell) phone users should always use the left ear for calls because using the right ear will directly affect the brain. A later version, which circulates as a graphic, omits the medical team reference but maintains that using the right ear for mobile phone calls makes our brains more prone to mobile radiation.

Updated: March 23, 2013


Bogus Warning – White Transit Van 'RH57 WSU' Trying To Steal Dogs

Message circulating virally via social media posts and email warns that a white transit van with the registration 'RH57 WSU' has been seen trying to steal dogs in various locations in the UK and elsewhere.

Published: March 23, 2013


Urban Legend - Couple Arrested at Airport with Dead Baby Stuffed With Drugs

Circulating message claims that police who detained a young couple with a baby at a Las Vegas airport discovered that the baby was dead and that its body had been packed with illegal drugs.

Published: March 22, 2013


ACH Processing Service Malware Email

Message purporting to be from the Automated Clearing House (ACH) claims that a file submitted by a user has been successfully processed and invites recipients to click a link to read more information about the large sum transactions listed.

Published: March 22, 2013



Baby With Bong Protest Message

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.

Updated: March 22, 2013



Linda Singh - Blackberry Money for Forwarding Hoax

Text message claims that smart phone company Blackberry will help fund medical expenses for a seriously ill girl named Linda Singh by donating 10 cents every time the text is forwarded.

Published: March 22, 2013



Hoax - 'Punjab Rape Festival'

Circulating message claims that an annual event called the Punjab Rape Festival starts in India "this week".

Published: March 21, 2013



Beware - 'Unsealed' Product Giveaways on Facebook

Various Pages on Facebook claim to be giving away expensive products such as iPads, smart phones and beauty products because they are unsealed and therefore cannot be sold. Participants are instructed to "like" the Page and share a photo to earn a chance to receive one of the free products.

Published: March 21, 2013



DHL Notification Malware Email

mails purporting to be from international mail delivery service DHL claim that a parcel has been sent to the recipient or that a parcel could not be delivered due to an addressing error. The messages advise the recipient to open an attached file to view a parcel tracking number and access more information about the delivery or print out a delivery label.

Updated: March 21, 2013



Fake CNN Emails About Pope Point to Malware

Emails purporting to be CNN notifications suggest that recipients click a link to read CNN.com articles relating to the pope.

Published: March 20, 2013



Angolan Witch Spider - Giant Spider Hoax

Viral message claims that an attached image depicts a huge "Angolan Witch Spider" photographed on the side of a house in Texas.

Published: March 20, 2013



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

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

Updated: March 19, 2013



March 2013 - Five Fridays, Five Saturdays, Five Sundays

Circulating message claims that March 2013 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a special calendar event that only occurs once every 823 years. The message also claims that the event is called "money bags" and those who share it with others will receive money within 4 days.

Published: March 19, 2013



Australian Tax Refund Scam Email

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

Published: March 18, 2013



'Confidential Document' Google Docs Phishing Scam

Email asks the recipient to click a link to view an important confidential document in Google Docs.

Published: March 18, 2013



Starving Children Facebook Share Hoax

Facebook messages featuring a photograph depicting a group of starving children claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help the children every time the picture is shared on the network.

Published: March 15, 2013



AOL Password Phishing Scam - 'TJ2117 Virus Detected'

Email purporting to be from AOL claims that a TJ2117 virus has been detected in the recipient's computer folders and he or she must click a link to login and switch to a secure anti virus system.

Published: March 15, 2013



Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?

Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Published: March 14, 2013



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: March 13, 2013



Westpac '3 Incorrect Logins' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac, claims that the recipient's account has been limited due to three incorrect login attempts and he or she should fill in and submit an attached form within 24 hours, or the account may be suspended.

Published: March 13, 2013



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.

Updated: March 11, 2013


Bogus Facebook Giveaway - 'Free GHD Straighteners'

Facebook Page claims that it is giving away ghd straighteners to users who like the page and share a photo.

Published: March 11, 2013



Hoax - 'Pope Comes Out as Gay'

Social media driven message, couched as a news report, claims that Pope Benedict XVI resigned his papacy because he is gay and "could no longer live a lie."

Published: March 9, 2013



Survey Scam - 'Malfunctioning Online Store Giving Free iPads'

Message distributed on Facebook claims that an online store is malfunctioning because they forgot to include a payment page and customers are therefore receiving free iPads as a result.

Published: March 7, 2013



'Toasted Skin Syndrome' From Laptop Warning

Health warning circulating in the form of a graphic claims that using a laptop computer across your legs can cause a heat related condition known as "toasted skin syndrome" that may lead to skin cancer.

Published: March 7, 2013



Xbox 720 Bogus Facebook Giveaway

Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can have the chance to win an Xbox 720 by liking and sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page.

Published: March 7, 2013



Free PlayStation 4 For Testers Survey Scam

Messages being distributed on Facebook claim that Sony is looking for people to test the new PlayStation 4 and that they will get to keep the test PlayStation so long as they like a Facebook Page and share the post.

Published: March 7, 2013



Delta Air Lines Passenger Itinerary Receipt Malware Emails

Email purporting to be from Delta Air Lines provides details of a supposed ticket purchase and instructs recipients to follow a link or open an attached file to review flight information.

Updated: March 6, 2013



Marcia's Story - Google Checkout Vehicle Sale Scam

Marcia was very nearly taken in by a scam in which a criminal sent her a fake Google Checkout Transaction message in an effort to trick her into sending £4,000 for a campervan that the criminal did not even possess.

Published: March 6, 2013



Missing Girl Laura Clark Has now Been Found

Circulating social media messages ask users to watch out from missing UK teenager Laura Clark.

Published: March 6, 2013



Goole Yorkshire Coloured Stickers Dog Fighting Hoax

Message circulating via social media posts and the blogosphere warn dog owners that a dog fighting gang is stealing dogs from households around Goole, Yorkshire and other areas of the UK. According to the posts, gang members are marking houses where dogs live with coloured stickers so that the dogs can be later stolen.

Published: March 6, 2013



KFC 'Genetically Manipulated Organisms' Hoax

Messages claims that fast-food outlet KFC changed its name from Kentucky Fried Chicken because it uses genetically manipulated organisms rather than real chickens and therefore cannot legally use the word "chicken" in its name. As evidence, the message cites a "recent study" conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

Published: March 5, 2013


Justin Bieber did NOT Die in a Car Crash

Message circulating via social media claims that popular young singing star Justin Bieber has died in a car accident.

Published: March 4, 2013


False Claim - Colour of Squares on Tubes Denotes Chemical Content

Circulating message claims that consumers can tell the chemical makeup of tube contents just by checking the colour of a small square at the bottom of the packaging.

Published: March 4, 2013



Facebook Page 'Violation of Terms' Phishing Scam

Inbox message purporting to be from "Mark Zurckerberg" claims that the user's Facebook Page has violated the Facebook Terms of Service and may be permanently deleted unless the account is verified by clicking a link in the message.

Published: March 4, 2013



Perth Dog Fighting Gang 'Coloured Stickers' Hoax

Messages going viral via Social Media outlets warn dog owners that a dog fighting gang is stealing dogs from households in Perth, Western Australia. The messages claim gang members are marking houses where dogs live with coloured stickers so that the dogs can be later stolen.

Published: March 4, 2013



Kidney Stealing Hoax

Message warns that medically trained criminals are stealing kidneys from living victims to sell on the black market. According to the warning, victims awake in a bathtub full of ice to discover that their kidneys have been removed.

Updated: March 1, 2013



Amber Teething Necklaces - Suspect SIDS 'Warning'

Circulating social media message makes a connection between SIDS and amber teething necklaces. The message cites a case in which the SIDS related death of a baby in NSW was found by the coroner to be associated with use of the necklaces.

Published: March 1, 2013



Signs That May Help Identify a Dating Scam

The signs discussed in this article are derived from examination of a number of dating scam attempts. Not every sign will apply in every case. Of course, the presence of these signs in an online relationship is not - by itself - proof that the person wooing you online is a scammer. Nor does the absence of such signs mean that you should throw caution to the wind. Nevertheless, these signs should be taken as warning flags, especially if more than one is present.

Published: March 1, 2013



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.

Updated: February 28, 2013



Rihanna 'S3X' Tape Survey Scam Messages Hit Facebook

Messages spreading via Facebook comments promise clickers salacious footage of popular singing star Rihanna and her boyfriend.

Published: February 28, 2013



BT Yahoo 'Final Warning' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be a "Final Warning" from BT Yahoo claims that users must immediately click a link to verify their account before they can receive pending emails.

Published: February 28, 2013



Lakeside Attempted Abduction Warning

Social media driven message describes an incident at Lakeside in which a woman allegedly tried to take a young child away from her grandmother. The message suggests that the woman may have been working with a gang that is trying to snatch children.

Published: February 27, 2013



The Tale of the Racist Airline Passenger

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

Updated: February 26, 2013



Facebook Team Security 2013 Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'

Message purporting to be a "last warning" from Facebook Security 2013 claims that recipients must click a link and re-confirm their account within 24 hours or their Facebook account will be deleted.

Published: February 26, 2013



Imelda's Story - Dating Scam

Imelda was tricked into sending money to a man calling himself James who pretended to be a successful structural engineer working in Scotland.

Published: February 25, 2013



Circulating Post Claims US Charity CEO’s Overpaid

In a newly pictorial format, the post presents what it claims are the salaries of the CEO’s of some well-known US based charitable organizations.

Published: February 25, 2013



Bogus Warning - 'Talking Angela' Threat to Children

Circulating warning claims that a site called "Talking Angela" is collecting personal information from children and taking their photographs without notice.

Published: February 25, 2013



Victims of Dating Scams - Psychological and Emotional Trauma

Dating scams can have a very serious and ongoing impact on the lives of victims. It is often described as a double trauma. Not just the loss of money, but also the loss of a relationship

Published: February 24, 2013

Contact Lens BBQ Warning Hoax

Message claims that staring at a BBQ fire while wearing contact lenses can cause the lenses to melt and lead to permanent blindness.

Updated: February 21, 2013



Real Stories, Real Victims, Real Survivors

Are you a victim of an Internet scam? Be heard and help other victims by submitting your story for publication on the Hoax-slayer Website.

Published: February 20, 2013



Friend Request Facebook Ban Warning - 'Facebook Jail'

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?"

Updated: February 18, 2013



Will Responding to a Question about Facebook Group Usage Cause Future Posts To Be Censored?

Message circulating on Facebook warns Group owners not to respond if a question appears asking them to provide a reason why they use the Group because future posts will be censored according to the answer they provide.

Published: February 17, 2013



O2 Shop 'View Bill Online' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK based service provider O2, claims that recipients can open an attached file to view their bill online.

Published: February 16, 2013



Images Purporting to Show Jamie Bulger Killer Jon Venables Circulate Online

Images purportedly depicting Jon Venables, one of Jamie Bulger's killers, appeared via social media outlets in February 2013 despite a worldwide injunction which prevents the publication of such images.

Published: February 16, 2013



Bill Gates $5000 Giveaway Hoax

Circulating photograph depicts Bill Gates holding a sign that claims he will give $5000 to every user who shares his picture on Facebook.

Published: February 15, 2013



Are Zombies Attacking People in Montana?

Messages circulating rapidly online claim that dead bodies are reportedly rising from the grave and attacking people in the American state of Montana.

Published: February 13, 2013



'Facebook Technical Support' Pharmacy Spam

Email purporting to be a notification from Facebook Technical Support claims that the recipient has a message awaiting a response and he or she should click a "Go to Facebook" button to read the message.

Published: February 13, 2013



Frederic Pretty Facebook Hacker Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns people not to accept a user called Frederic Pretty into their contacts because it is a very powerful hacking account.

Published: February 12, 2013



Taylor Swift 'Sex Tape Leaked' Facebook Scam

Message on Facebook claims that popular US singer Taylor Swift's iPhone has been hacked and that recipients can click a link to view a sex tape taken from the phone and leaked on the Internet.

Published: February 6, 2013



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

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

Updated: February 6, 2013



Capri Sun Mold Warning

Message circulating virally via social media posts warns parents that mold has been found inside a container of the popular fruit drink Capri Sun. The message includes a photograph of the moldy beverage in a glass.

Published: February 6, 2013



Facebook Campaign to Find Alleged Abuser of 4 Year Old Girl

Posts circulating on Facebook that feature a photograph of a four year old child with a badly bruised face, claim the injuries were caused by the ex-boyfriend of the child's mother. The message includes the name and description of the alleged attacker and urge people to help locate and identify the man so that he can be apprehended by police.

Published: February 5, 2013



Hoax - 'Your Cell Phone Has a Name'

Message circulating on Facebook claims that entering the last three digits of your cell phone number into a Facebook comment will reveal the "name" of your cell phone.

Published: February 5, 2013



Free Disneyland Tickets Survey Scam

Various Facebook messages claim that users can receive free tickets to Disneyland by liking and sharing a picture and participating in online surveys.

Published: February 5, 2013



Do Circulating Images Show Puppies being 'Guarded' by a King Cobra?

Circulating messages that feature photographs depicting two puppies apparently trapped in a well with a large cobra snake as company claim that the snake was in fact guarding the dogs from harm until they could be rescued.

Published: February 4, 2013



Outdated Missing Child Alert - Duncan Craig Bennell Has Been Found

Widely circulated social media message asks recipients to watch out for a child named Duncan Craig Bennell, who it claims was kidnapped from a primary school in Western Australia.

Published: February 4, 2013



Does Rubbing Vicks VapourRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing?

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

Updated: January 28, 2013



FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email

Emails 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 or follow a link to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.

Updated: January 25, 2013



Mickey Rourke Did NOT Die in A Snowboard Accident

Messages circulating via social media claim that actor Mickey Rourke has died in a snowboarding accident.

Published: January 24, 2013



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



Spurious First Aid Advice - Flour For Treatment of Burns

Widely circulated message recommends covering burns with plain flour as a first aid treatment and claims that the "miraculous" remedy will stop the burn from blistering.

Published: January 23, 2013



Kate Curry Missing Child Alert - Kate Has Now Been Found

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook asks users to share a photo of missing 13 year old Kate Curry in the hope that someone has information on her whereabouts.

Published: January 23, 2013



Circulating Post Recommends Wasp Spray As A Substitute for Pepper Spray

For several years, an email or social media post circulates recommending that women use wasp and hornet spray as a substitute for pepper spray. This is typically based on the claim that wasp spray is cheaper and just as debilitating as pepper spray. Neither of those claims is always true, aside from the fact that using wasp spray as a self-defense tool may subject you to legal penalties.

Published: January 22, 2013



Love Desire Facebook Group 'Virus' Warning

Message circulating via Facebook claims that a fast spreading virus is adding people to a Facebook Group called "Love Desire" without their knowledge.

Published: January 22, 2013



Coconut Crab Photographs

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

Updated: January 22, 2013



St.George Bank Phishing Scam Emails

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

Updated: January 21, 2013



Facebook Trialling Option to Pay to Directly Inbox Non-Friends

Plans by Facebook to provide an option for users to pay to send a message to non-friend inboxes, do NOT validate old "Facebook charging for access" hoaxes in any way.

Published: January 21, 2013



Sylvester Stallone is NOT Dead

Messages circulating via social media claim that actor Sylvester Stallone has died in a snowboarding accident.

Published: January 21, 2013



Shared Photo Request To Identify Cat Killers

A recently circulating, and extremely graphic, photo of four youth who appear to have beheaded a cat requests that the photo be shared further in the hopes of identifying the offenders.

Published: January 18, 2013



Who Will Be Your Valentine Virus Warning

A warning is spreading on Facebook claiming that posts are spreading relating to ‘seeing who your Valentine will be’ that actually harbor a virus.

Published: January 18, 2013



Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on May (or March) 15, 2013

Widespread rumours claim that Facebook will close down for good on either March or May 15, 2013.

Updated: January 18, 2013



Lead in Lipstick Alert - Cancer Causing Lipstick Hoax

Email claims that certain brands of lipstick contain dangerous amounts of lead and can cause cancer. The message includes a list of lipstick brands and instructions for testing lipsticks for lead content.

Published: January 18, 2013



Blackberry 'Broadcast or Update Cancelled' Hoax

Rapidly circulating text message claims that Blackberry users must broadcast the same message to all their contacts or they will miss out a BBM update and will no longer be able to chat with friends because they will have the old version.

Published: January 18, 2013



Bogus Telstra 'Email Bill' Carries Malware

Email purporting to be a bill notification from Australian telecommunications company Telstra urges recipients to open an attached file to deal with an overdue account

Published: January 17, 2013



Google Street View and the Donkey

Widespread speculation on the Internet suggests that the Google Street View car knocked over and possibly killed a donkey while driving down a bush road in Botswana.

Published: January 17, 2013



Interesting Old Human Formation Picturese

Message contains several old human formation photographs that depict the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the American Eagle symbol, the US Shield and more. The images are created by thousands of US soldiers and sailors standing in formation.

Updated: January 16, 2013



Hoax Warning: Lost Child Lure – 'New Way for Gang Members to Rape Women'

Circulating message warns that violent gang members are using children who pretend to be lost as a means of tricking women into going to gang houses where they will be raped.

Updated: January 15, 2013



Destiny Valle Facebook Page Hacker 'Warning'

Facebook message claims that a hacker named "Destiny Valle" is taking control of Facebook Pages by deleting existing admins and removing details about the real Page owner so that she can can claim that she owns the page herself.

Published: January 15, 2013



Dog 'Capitán' Sleeps At Owner's Grave

Social media message that includes a photograph of a dog sleeping on a grave, claims that the picture depicts a German Shepherd named Capitán who has slept by the grave of his owner Miguel Guzmán since the man died in 2006.

Published: January 14, 2013



Criminals Use Names of Lottery Winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford in Advance Fee Scams

Emails purporting to be from UK EuroMillions winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford claim that the the recipient's email address was selected as a winner of a cash grant of one million pounds.

Published: January 14, 2013



Neil Tennant is NOT Dead

Social media driven message claims that Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant has died in a car accident.

Published: January 14, 2013



Westpac 'Credit Card Suspended' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from large Australian bank Westpac claims that there was an error detected in the recipient's credit card account and asks him or her to click a link to update account information or risk permanent suspension of the card.

Published: January 11, 2013



Hoax - Julia Gillard Tells Muslims To Adapt or Leave

Widely circulated message claims that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia

Published: January 11, 2013



New US Presidential Coins Omit "In God We Trust"?

Protest message claims that "In God We Trust" was intentionally omitted from the new United States Presidential $1 Coins issued in 2007.

Updated: January 10, 2013



Fake NSW Police Warning - Tracking Devices Placed on Cars

Widespread social media message purporting to be a warning from NSW police claims that criminals are placing tiny tracking devices on cars and then using the devices to locate victims at their homes and attack and rob them.

Published: January 10, 2013



False Protest Message Claims Picture Shows 500 Christians Burned By Muslim Terrorists

Widely circulated message claims that an attached photograph shows the charred bodies of 500 Nigerian Christians burned in a massacre perpetrated by Muslim terrorists.

Published: January 10, 2013