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Articles Published in 2014

This page lists Hoax-Slayer articles that were first published in 2014 (So far).

Argentinian President did NOT Adopt Godson to Stop Him From Becoming a Werewolf
Multiple news outlets have reported that the Argentinian President adopted a Jewish godson to prevent him turning into a werewolf.

Published: December 31, 2014

FACEBOOK SCAM: Ferrero Rocher 'Leaked Video Footage'
According to this Facebook 'warning' post, you will never eat Ferrero Rocher chocolates again after clicking a link and viewing leaked video footage.

Published: December 31, 2014

TRUE - 'The Most Popular "Word" of 2014 is the Heart Emoji Symbol'
Circulating reports claim that 2014's most popular 'word' is not actually a word at all but rather the heart emoji symbol.

Published: December 31, 2014

Apple Store 'Transaction Cancellation Form' Phishing Scam
According to this email, which purports to be from Apple, you have purchased a TomTom from the Apple Store. (A TomTom is a GPS car navigation system).

Published: December 30, 2014

Fraud Investigation of Scottish Referendum
According to an article published 29 December 2014 in The Daily Record The Scottish Assessors Association (SSA) have reported that several hundred fraudulent applications to vote occurred with many of them being referred to police.

Published: December 30, 2014

Virgin Australia 'Free Flights for Entire Year' Facebook Survey Scam
Facebook Page that is supposedly associated with airline Virgin Australia claims that you can go in a draw for free flights for a year by liking and sharing the page and clicking a link.

Published: December 30, 2014

Hugh Hefner Death Hoax
Report being shared via social media claims that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has passed away aged 88.

Published: December 30, 2014

Facebook Scam Exploits News of Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501
Facebook message claims missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been found in Tacloban, Philippines. The message includes a teaser image of a crashed AirAsia jet and invites you to click a 'Play' button to view 'breaking news' footage. The post claims to be from news outlet CNN.

Published: December 29, 2014

Fake-News: 'Remains of Egyptian Army Discovered in Red Sea'
Circulating 'News' report claims that archaeologists have discovered the remains of a large Egyptian army at the bottom of the Red Sea

Updated: December 29, 2014

Fake Gmail 'Deferred Message' Notification Opens Spam Drugstore Website
According to this email, Gmail has found a deferred message in your account. The email includes a link that offers to show you the deferred message.

Updated: December 29, 2014

Facebook Scam - 'You Don't Want To See What is Inside His Hand'
This message, which is rapidly gaining momentum on Facebook, warns you that 'you don't want to see what is inside' a man's hand because it is 'totally disgusting'. The post includes an image of what looks to be a large boil or cyst.

Updated: December 22, 2014

Ask Hoax-Slayer: Why do Facebook scammers want likes?
Today's Question: 'I know there are a lot of fake Pages on Facebook that are just designed to get people to click the 'like' button. But why? What do the people who create the fake pages get out of it?'

Updated: December 21, 2014

Fake-News Story Claims Oprah Accused Cosby of Rape Attempt
Report circulating via social media claims that talk-show icon Oprah Winfrey has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and trying to rape her.

Published: December 21, 2014

Facebook Scam - 'Guy Removes Blackhead' Post
This message, which is making its way rapidly around Facebook, claims that you can click to see the terrifying outcome when a 'guy removes his blackhead'. The post features a picture of said blackhead.

Published: December 19, 2014

Target 'Order Confirmation' Malware Email
Order confirmation email purporting to be from Target claims that the company's online store has an order addressed to you. The message advises you to click a link to obtain full order information.

Published: December 19, 2014

Fake-News: 'McDonald's Will Stop Serving Overweight Customers'
Circulating report claims that from January 1st 2015, McDonald's will stop serving overweight customers in an effort to battle increasing obesity rates.

Published: December 19, 2014

Rupert Murdoch Condemned for Insensitive 'Congrats' Tweet
In the wake of the Sydney hostage siege, News Corp media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been roundly condemned for an insensitive tweet that he posted congratulating his Sydney news outlet the Daily Telegraph for reporting first on the siege's final bloody outcome.

Published: December 17, 2014

'Teen Who Claimed he Made Millions on Stock Market Admits he Made up the Story
A December 2014 New York Magazine article told the rather compelling story of teenager Mohammed Islam. The article suggested that Islam had made millions trading on the stock market.

Published: December 17, 2014

'Mailbox Almost Full' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from the Mail System Administrator, claims that your mailbox is almost full and you should therefore click a link to 'reduce size automatically'.

Published: December 17, 2014

Fake-News Report Claims Facebook To Shut Down for Week of Maintenance
Circulating report claims that Facebook will be shut down for a full week starting on January 1st so that standard maintenance can be performed on the site.

Published: December 15, 2014

Police Dismiss Sydney New Year's Eve Terror Warning as a Hoax
According to messages circulating rapidly via social media and SMS, people should stay away from Sydney on Christmas and New Years Eve due to a possible terror attack.

Published: December 15, 2014

GoDaddy 'Account Notice' Phishing Email
Email purporting to be from web hosting company GoDaddy claims that your account may pose a potential performance risk to the server because it contains too many directories.

Published: December 15, 2014

Payment Gateway 'Credit Card Transaction Result' Malware Email
Payment gateway transaction result notification email claims that your credit card has been charged several hundred dollars. The email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a sales receipt for the transaction.

Published: December 15, 2014

Range Rover Giveaway Facebook Survey Scam
Message claims that, for the first time in Facebook history, two Range Rovers are being given away via the network. The message instructs you to like and share the post and click a link for a chance to win.

Published: December 15, 2014

'Home and Away Cancelled' Post is Just a Prank
According to a post that is circulating rapidly via social media, popular Australian TV series Home and Away is set to be cancelled in 2015.

Published: December 15, 2014

Amount of Money Lost to Dating Scams Increasing by Millions of Dollars
The amount of money reportedly lost to dating scams amounts to $23 million in 2014 in Australia

Published: December 15, 2014

Lottery Scam - 'Google Plus 2014 Promotion'
According to this email you have won ?550,000 in the Google Plus 2014 Promotion. Information about the supposed win is contained in an attached Microsoft Word document signed off by 'Dr. Larry Page' of Google.

Published: December 15, 2014

Fake Facebook Password Reset Email Links to Malware
Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that your password has been reset due to suspicious activity and you must click a link to 'restore the password'.

Published: December 10, 2014

Fake News Report Claims Loggers Have Cut Down World's Oldest Tree
Circulating 'news' report claims that illegal loggers have mistakenly cut down the world's oldest tree in the Amazon Rainforest.

Published: December 10, 2014

Fake Walgreens Order Email Opens Malware Website
Order Email purporting to be from US pharmacy retailing chain Walgreens claims that you can find more information about a recent order by clicking a link.

Published: December 10, 2014

PHISHING - 'Your Email Address Transmitting Viruses'
Email from 'Admin' claims that your email address has been transmitting viruses and your account will be deactivated if you do not click a link to 'sanitize your email account'.

Published: December 9, 2014

Argos 'Curved TV Giveaway' Survey Scam
Facebook post claims that retailer Argos is giving away a Samsung curved TV for Christmas and you can enter by sharing and liking the post and clicking a link.

Published: December 7, 2014

Natwest 'Account Re-evaluation Required' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest warns that there has been 'uncommon activity' on your account.

Published: December 6, 2014

'Facebook Law For Idiots' Video From CollegeHumor.Com
Recent news about Facebook's new terms and conditions have caused the absurd 'Facebook Privacy Notice' to once again go viral. The crew over at CollegeHumor.com have put together a funny video that exposes the notice for the silly nonsense that it is.

Published: December 6, 2014

Axl Rose is NOT Dead - Star Targeted in Death Hoax Message
Circulating 'news' report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his Hollywood home.

Published: December 5, 2014

Fake STD 261 Form Email Contains Malware
This email claims that all employees are required to fill out an 'STD 261' form contained in an attached file. Supposedly, the form is an 'Authorization to Use Privately Owned Vehicle on State Business' and is sent out annually.

Published: December 5, 2014

Viber 'Will Become Chargeable' Hoax
Circulating message claims that messaging service Viber will start charging you to send messages if you do not send the information to ten people to prove that you are an 'avid user'.

Published: December 5, 2014

Fake-News Report Claims Obama's Daughter is Pregnant
According to a 'news' story that is circulating rapidly via social media, US President Obama's 16-Year-Old Daughter Malia is pregnant. The story suggests that the pregnancy will be a major White House scandal and quotes Michelle Obama as explaining that 'teen pregnancy runs in the family'.

Published: December 4, 2014

'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan is NOT Dead
Circulating report claims that the 'dog whisperer' Cesar Millan has died of a heart attack.

Published: December 3, 2014

Satire Story Claims North Dakota Named Landfill After Obama
A report circulating via social media and the blogosphere claims that a new publicly owned landfill in the American state of North Dakota has been named after President Obama.

Published: December 3, 2014

Circulating Picture of Ferguson Protest Sign is Faked
circulated image depicts a protester in the troubled city of Ferguson holding up a sign that reads 'No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store'.

Published: December 3, 2014

Malware Email Claims 'You Have Received a New Fax'
According to this email, you have received a new fax. The email implies that printing company Epson sent the fax. Supposedly, you can view the fax by opening an attached .pdf.

Published: December 3, 2014

SCAM - 'Bob Erb Email Donation Project'
Email purporting to be from philanthropist and lottery winner Bob Erb's 'publicity secretary' claims that, via the random selection of your email address, you have been chosen as the recipient of $850,000 as part of a 'Christmas Donation Project'.

Published: December 2, 2014

Fake Walmart 'Order Details' Email Opens Malware Website
Email purporting to be from Walmart claims that you can click a link to read more information about a recent order.

Published: December 2, 2014

Fake Costco Order Notification Leads to Malware
Email purporting to be from Costco thanks you for your recent order and invites you to view order details by clicking a link.

Published: November 28, 2014

Watch Out For These 6 Christmas Internet Scams
Every year, as Christmas draws near, cybercriminals tend to ramp up their nefarious activities.

Published: November 28, 2014

Hateful Westboro Baptist Church Caught Up in Turkey Recall Hoax
We can only hope that, over the last few days, the haters at the notorious Westboro Baptist Church have been kept busy fielding phone calls about virus infected Thanksgiving Turkeys rather than spreading their vile doctrines.

Published: November 27, 2014

Hoax - 'Chipotle Using Dog and Cat Meat in Meals'
Circulating story claims that popular restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill under investigation for using dog and cat meat in their dishes.

Published: November 25, 2014

Fake Speeding Infringement Notice Opens Drug Store Spam Site
Infringement notice email claims that you have been caught speeding by a verified speed camera and must pay a fine. The email includes links that supposedly allow you to pay the fine or view the speed camera images.

Published: November 25, 2014

Fake ANZ Email Promises $250 (PHISHING)
This email claims that customers who click a link to participate in a survey about ANZ will be rewarded with eDine Discount Vouchers worth $250.

Published: November 25, 2014

Satire Report - 'Sarah Palin Wants To Send 11 Million Illegal Immigrants On One-Way Cruise to Mexico City'
Circulating report claims that Sarah Palin has said in an interview with Fox News that 11 million illegal immigrants in the US should be packed on boats and ships and sent back across the ocean to Mexico.

Published: November 24, 2014

E-Cigarettes Used to Distribute Malware? Plausible, But Not Yet Confirmed
Several circulating reports are warning that E-Cigarettes may be used to distribute malware to unsuspecting customers.

Published: November 24, 2014

Fake-News Story Claims Millions of Turkeys Recalled Due to Avian Virus
Circulating report claims that millions of Thanksgiving turkeys have been recalled by the CDC because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus that has developed the ability to move from birds to humans.

Published: November 24, 2014

How Mainstream Media and Public Officials can Fuel Urban Legends
Some poorly rendered mainstream media articles - and even public officials who should know better - sometimes give undue credence to circulating hoaxes and urban legends.

Published: November 22, 2014

Fake Report Claims Man in India is 179 Years Old
A circulating report claims that Mashashta Murasi, a man in Bangalore, India has reached the age of 179 years and that 'death has forgotten him'.

Published: November 20, 2014

Message Claims +96723345 Calls Can Clone Your SIM Card
Circulating social media post warns users not to answer calls from 96723345 because the callers may try to clone your SIM card when you answer.

Published: November 20, 2014

PHISHING SCAM - 'Receipt For Payment to Apple Store'
Message purporting to be from PayPal claims to be a receipt for a recent payment to the Apple store. The email includes a 'dispute transaction' link that you can click if you did not authorize the charge.

Published: November 19, 2014

Audi R8 Facebook Giveaway Scam
Facebook Page claims that you can win an Audi R8 car just by liking the page, commenting with your desired colour, and sharing a promotional post.

Published: November 19, 2014

Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake
Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach.

Published: November 19, 2014

Was a Man's Genitals Stolen in Thailand For Sale on the Black Market?
Circulating report claims that a hapless male tourist in Bangkok, Thailand woke up to find that his genitals had been stolen during the night.

Published: November 18, 2014

'Naked Woman Eaten by Shark' Post Leads to Malware
This Facebook post features an image of a naked woman apparently being eaten by a shark and includes a "Play" button that supposedly opens a video showing the attack.

Published: November 17, 2014

Phone Scammers Pretending to be from IRS
US news outlets are currently reporting a spate of IRS related phone scams. The scammers are cold calling residents and pretending to be from the IRS. The scammers claim that the victims owe considerable sums of money to the IRS and must arrange payment immediately or face serious legal consequences.

Published: November 17, 2014

Sadly Predictable! Comet Landing Conspiracy Theories Emerging
November 12, 2014 saw a new milestone in space exploration when Rosetta's Philae probe soft landed on a comet. This was an extraordinary event in human history.

Published: November 16, 2014

'Drunk Girl' Video Allegedly Not What it Seems
A story circulating via social media reports that more than 250,000 holiday turkeys on a Texas farm may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus and will have to be destroyed. The report features a photograph depicting dead turkeys in a farm shed.

Published: November 16, 2014

Hoax Report Claims 250,000 Texas Turkeys Infected With Ebola
A story circulating via social media reports that more than 250,000 holiday turkeys on a Texas farm may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus and will have to be destroyed. The report features a photograph depicting dead turkeys in a farm shed.

Published: November 10, 2014

Eating Fido in LA? - Hoax Report Claims American Restaurant Given Permission To Sell Dog Meat
A circulating report claims that a Los Angeles restaurant called Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining has been given permission to sell and consume dog meat and is allowed to slaughter up to three dogs per day for that purpose.

Published: November 10, 2014

Scam Email Pretends to be From Lottery Winners Bill And Andrea Groner
Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winners Bill And Andrea Groner claims that the couple are giving you 1 million dollars as part of a charity project.

Published: November 10, 2014

Israeli 'Airport Security Device' Joke Message
A message that has circulated via email and social media for several years claims that the Israelis are developing an airport security system in which any explosives that passengers may have on them will be automatically detonated when they step into an armoured booth.

Published: November 10, 2014

HOAX - 'Buzz Aldrin Admits Moon Landings Were Fake'
Circulating report claims that astronaut Buzz Aldrin has confirmed via a confession video and Twitter post that the moon landings never happened and that videos of the landings depicted a 'setup that was created to simulate how the moon and space would look'.

Published: November 10, 2014

PHISHING - 'Your Account is Temporarily Locked' Facebook Email
Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that your account has been temporarily locked and you must therefore click a link to complete a security check and restore account access.

Published: November 10, 2014

Macaulay Culkin is NOT Dead
Circulating rumour claims that actor Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone fame has died.

Published: November 9, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'Ben Kingsley Admits he is a Dog Fighting Addict'
Circulating report claims that greatly respected actor Sir Ben Kingsley has admitted to a media outlet that he is a dog fighting addict.

Published: November 6, 2014

'R.I.P. Miley Cyrus' Facebook Scam
Circulating Facebook post claims that singer Miley Cyrus has died. The post features a teaser image of the star on a bed with a bottle of pills beside her. Clicking the image supposedly opens a video with more information about the star's demise.

Published: November 6, 2014

8 Highly Misleading Viral Messages About Food and Health
Here we list eight health and food messages that circulate continually. All contain misleading and inaccurate information.

'C-93 Virus Alert' Phishing Scam Email
An email claiming to be from Windows Outlook warns that a 'C93 Virus' has been detected in your mailbox and you are therefore required to click a link to run a Norton anti-virus scan to resolve the issue.

Published: November 4, 2014

HOAX - 'Death Row Inmate Requests Child as Last Meal'
Circulating report claims that a Texas death row inmate convicted of murder and cannibalism has requested a little boy as his last meal and that the Department of Corrections has accepted the request. The report features a photograph of the supposed inmate.

Published: October 31, 2014

Norman Reedus is NOT Dead
Circulating social media rumour claims that American actor Norman Reedus has died. Reedus plays the character Daryl Dixon in 'The Walking Dead'.

Published: October 30, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - '$100 KOHL'S Gift Card Giveaway' Facebook Post
Facebook post claims that you can click a link to get a $100 gift card from department store Kohl's.

Published: October 30, 2014

TRUE - Fireball Whiskey Recalled in 3 European Countries
Reports and rumours currently buzzing around the Internet claim that popular cinnamon flavoured whiskey Fireball has been recalled in Europe because it contains an ingredient found in some types of antifreeze.

Published: October 30, 2014

PHISHING SCAM - 'Request to Terminate Microsoft Account'
Email purporting to be Microsoft Account Services claims that you have submitted a request to terminate your Microsoft Account and the process has already started. The email incudes a link to cancel the termination request.

Published: October 27, 2014

HOAX - 'NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness'
A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between the 16th and the 22nd of December due to a solar storm.

Published: October 27, 2014

Skype 'Missed Messages' Pharmacy Spam
According to this email, which claims to be from Skype, you have missed messages waiting. The email invites you to click a link to view your messages.

Published: October 27, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'Professor Hinkley From Gilligan's Island is Zodiac Killer'
Circulating report claims that the late Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island, has been identified as the notorious serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer.

Published: October 27, 2014

Judd Nelson Of The Breakfast Club Fame is NOT Dead
A rapidly circulating news report claims that actor Judd Nelson, who is best known for playing the character John Bender in The Breakfast Club, has been found dead in his Los Angeles home.

Published: October 27, 2014

Beware Of Ebola Related Scams
Scammers are increasingly using the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa as a cover for launching criminal schemes.

Published: October 24, 2014


Check out Hoax-Slayer's Current Top Five Dumbest Hoaxes



SATIRE - 'Harper Changes Canadian Flag'
A report circulating via social media claims that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unexpectedly unveiled a 'new-look' Canadian flag that matches the Conservative Party's red, white, and blue logo colours.

Published: October 24, 2014

Circulating Messages Claim Video Shows MH17 Crash
Messages circulating via SMS and social media suggest that an accompanying video depicts the crash of MH17.

Published: October 24, 2014

Australia Post 'Parcel not Delivered' Email Points to Malware
Email purporting to be from Australia Post claims that your parcel was not delivered to your address because nobody was home. The email instructs you to click a 'Track Your Item' link to get more information about the undelivered parcel.

Published: October 23, 2014

HOAX - 'Ebola Vaccinations to Contain RFID Chips'
Circulating report claims that the US government has hatched a nefarious scheme to secretly implant RFID chips in citizens by hiding the chips in Ebola vaccinations.

Published: October 23, 2014

PHISHING - PayPal 'We've temporarily limited your account ' Email
Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that the company needs your help resolving an issue with your account and asks you to open an attached file and follow the instructions.

Published: October 23, 2014

'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 21, 2014

Banksy Has NOT Been Arrested -Report is a Hoax
Circulating report claims that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been arrested in London and his identity has finally been revealed.

Published: October 21, 2014

Bleach Ebola Cure Hoax
Circulating social media message claims that drinking or injecting household bleach will cure Ebola and stop you from becoming infected.

Published: October 20, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'Obama Declares International Muslim Awareness Month'
A story circulating via social media and political blogs claims that US President Obama has declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month' in an effort to celebrate 'the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran'.

Published: October 17, 2014

Nonsensical Report Claims Ebola Not Real
A circulated report, supposedly penned by a nurse from Ghana claims that Ebola is not real. The report claims the Red Cross is injecting people with poison and pretending that they are subsequently dying of Ebola as a means of furthering sinister Western interests.

Published: October 17, 2014

MALWARE: ?Important - New Outlook Settings? Email
Email with the subject line 'Important - New Outlook Settings' advises you to click a link to download instructions before updating settings for Microsoft. Outlook.

Published: October 17, 2014

Current Ebola Related Hoaxes
Here we list the current crop of Ebola related hoaxes.

Published: October 17, 2014

HOAX - 'U2's Bono Has Ebola'
Circulating report claims that U2's Bono has likely contracted the Ebola virus after caring for a dying Liberian man.

Published: October 16, 2014

'Crabzilla'- Giant Crab Hoax Image Has Internet Abuzz
A circulating aerial image appears to depict a gigantic crab lurking just off the coast of Whitstable in the UK.

Published: October 14, 2014

Singer Chayanne Targeted in Death Hoax
Messages spreading rapidly via social media claim that popular Puerto Rican singer Chayanne has died

Published: October 14, 2014

MALWARE - Starbucks Card eGift Email
Email claims that AT&T has sent you a Starbucks Card eGift valued at $20. The email instructs you to click a button to print out your Starbucks Card.

Published: October 14, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - 'See Who Watched Your Profile'
Facebook post claims that you can click a link to 'see who watched your profile'.

Published: October 13, 2014

Hoax Message Claims Giant Ghatotkacha Skeleton Unearthed in India
Circulating message featuring a photograph of a gigantic human skeleton laid out in a city plaza claims that the image shows the body of Ghatotkacha, a character from an ancient Indian epic.

Published: October 13, 2014

FNBO Account Application Malware Email
Email purporting to be from First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) claims that your account application ahs been received and invites you to open an attached file to view documents about your application.

Published: October 13, 2014

MALWARE - Emma Watson 'Private Video' Facebook Message
A message being posted on Facebook invites users to click a link to view a salacious leaked video depicting Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

Published: October 12, 2014

Three Malware Distribution Methods You REALLY Need to Know About
Criminals use many ways to distribute malware. However, over recent years, they have repeatedly used the following three methods in their malware email campaigns.

Published: October 12, 2014

Social Media Messages Misinterpret Red Bull 'Gives You Wings' Class Action
Circulating social media messages - and some news headlines - suggest that Red Bull has been sued because consumers of the drink did not actually grow wings as per the company's slogan.

Published: October 9, 2014

Salt Water Ebola Prevention Hoax Leads to Deaths
A social media hoax, which falsely claimed that drinking or bathing in salt water could prevent infection from the deadly Ebola virus, has reportedly led to at least two deaths.

Published: October 9, 2014

Hoax Claims Jenni Rivera Faked Own Death
Circulating report claims that famous Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera faked her own death in 2012 and now faces 15 years prison for fraud and conspiracy.

Published: October 8, 2014

Vodafone 'One Unread Message' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that you have one unread message on your Online Vodafone Account and should click a link to view the message.

Published: October 8, 2014

'Invisible Art' Prank Fools Many Internet Users
Circulating report, which features an image of art gallery visitors apparently staring at blank walls, claims that the visitors are viewing 'invisible art' created by artist Lana Newstrom. The report claims Newstrom's 'invisible art' pieces can sell for upwards of a million dollars each.

Published: October 7, 2014

Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email
Oft forwarded email claims that it is online friends day and a friend is sending your flowers. According to the email, the number of bouquet images in the email will increase each time it is forwarded.

Published: October 7, 2014

Fake-News: 'Tax Refunds to be Delayed Until October 2015'
Online 'news' story claims that, due to a directive from the Obama administration, tax refunds owed to American taxpayers will now be delayed until October 2015.

Published: October 7, 2014

'Reyfields Investigations' Advance Fee Scam
Email purporting to be from one Michael Reyfields of Reyfields Investigations claims that he is looking for the possible next of kin of a man who died intestate leaving unclaimed investments with the HSBC bank.

Published: October 7, 2014

Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces
Scammers posing as court officials are calling people and claiming that they have missed a scheduled jury duty date and must therefore pay an immediate fine or face serious legal consequences.

Published: October 7, 2014

Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'
Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.

Published: March 13, 2014

'Interested in Your CV' Money Laundering Scam
Email claims that a company is interested in your CV and invites you to apply for a job involving the 'payment control' of clients.

Published: October 6, 2014

Fake-News: 'Sarah Palin Calls on Obama to Invade Ebola'
Circulating report claims that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has called on President Obama to invade Ebola to deal with the 'dangerous and immediate threat to our freedoms and security' posed by the 'evil Ebola empire'.

Published: October 6, 2014

Red Cross 'Job Offer' Scam Email
Email purporting to be from the American Red Cross claims that the organization is recruiting staff to work in a disaster zone and will pay workers $250 per day. To procure one of the positions, you are instructed to fill in a membership form and pay an 'enrollment' fee.

Published: October 6, 2014

Ebola Zombie Hoax
Circulating rumours and reports claim that there has been a confirmed case of an Ebola victim rising from the dead in Africa. Many of the messages include an image that supposedly depicts this Ebola zombie.

Published: October 6, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'Prehistoric Shark Captured off Pakistan'
Circulating report claims that a giant prehistoric shark from a species that was thought to be extinct for 20 million years has been caught off the coast off Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.

Published: October 3, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'Robert Mugabe Announces Plans For Final Solution Against White Racism'
Circulating report claims that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has announced plans for a 'Holocaust' against white people in which every white man, woman, and child in Zimbabwe will be exterminated without mercy.

Published: October 1, 2014

Misleading Protest Message Calls for KFC Boycott Due to Halal Hand Wipe Rules
Protest message circulating via Facebook calls for a boycott of KFC after staff at a halal KFC branch in Leicester, UK, refused to give a customer hand wipes because they contain alcohol and might therefore break Islamic rules.

Published: September 30, 2014

Viber 'Missed Call' Malware Email
Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that you have a missed call waiting and invites you to click a link to listen to the message.

Published: September 30, 2014

PHISHING - AOL Mail 'Exceeded Storage Limit' Email
Message purporting to be from large US webmail provider AOL Mail claims that your email storage limit has been exceeded and you must therefore click a link to re-validate your mailbox.

Published: September 29, 2014

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

Published: September 29, 2014

Isis Door Knocking Warning Message is a Hoax
A 'warning' circulating via social media websites and text messages claims that members of the terror group Isis are going door to door in Australia with a view to 'marking' Christian homes.

Published: September 27, 2014

FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.

Published: September 26, 2014

'HP Car Advertisement' Money Laundering Scam
Email purporting to be from a firm called 'HP Car Advertisement' claims that you can earn $450 per week just by placing an 'auto wrap' advertising decal on your car and driving around as you normally do.

Published: September 25, 2014

Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat was an Elaborate Hoax
A threat to publish stolen nude photos of actress Emma Watson has turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

Published: September 25, 2014

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 23, 2014

FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'
Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.

Published: September 23, 2014

FAKE-NEWS - 'Texas to Legalize Marijuana Use'
Circulating story claims that Texas has a new bill that will legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana from January 1, 2015.

Published: September 22, 2014

MALWARE - 'My New Photo' Emails
Emails with the subject line and text 'my new photo :)' include an attached .zip file that supposedly contains the promised image.

Published: September 22, 2014

HOAX - 'Facebook to Begin Charging Users From November 1st'
Report circulating via social media claims that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month from November 1st 2014 in an effort to counter rising costs.

Published: September 22, 2014

Do NOT Try to Charge your iPhone in a Microwave - 'Wave' iOS8 Hoax
Viral message claims that new 'Wave' technology that comes with Apple's iOS8 allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone by placing it in a household microwave for a minute and a half.

Published: September 19, 2014

HOAX - 'Cosmic Rays Entering Earth From Mars'
Circulating message warns that potentially dangerous cosmic rays will be entering the Earth from Mars between 10:30 pm and 3:30 am tonight and users should switch off their mobile devices. The message claims that the information comes from BBC News.

Published: September 17, 2014

MALWARE - 'Invoice Overdue Notification'
'Invoice overdue' email claims that, if you do not pay the outstanding amount within 7 days, legal action will be taken to recover the money owed. You are invited to 'press a link' to view the original invoice.

Published: September 17, 2014

MALWARE - 'Policy Violation - Employment Terminated Email'
Email claiming to be from a specified company advises that your employment has been terminated due to violations of policy. The email has a file attachment that supposedly contains more details about the breach.

Published: September 16, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - 'Win Free Apple iPhone 6'
Website claims that you can win an iPhone 6 by liking and sharing a Facebook Page and participating in online surveys.

Published: September 15, 2014

FAKE-NEWS - 'Eminem Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab'
Story circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab to deal with a heroin addiction.

Published: September 15, 2014

Fake 'Islamic Rights' Facebook Page Inciting Hatred on Gold Coast
A Facebook Page called 'Preserving Islamic Rights on the Gold Coast' has demanded that the Gold Coast mayor incorporate Islamic prayers into the Anzac Day Dawn service to 'honour fallen Islamic diggers'. It also proposes that an Islamic symbol be included on a newly designed Australian flag. It even suggests that an entire Islamic suburb to be called 'New Palestine' and complete with a 'Refugee Ferry Port and Processing Facility is to be built in the area.

Published: September 13, 2014

HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'
Circulating message features a strident letter supposedly sent to parents by Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.

Published: September 12, 2014

Don't Get Caught by Celebrity Death Hoaxes and Scams
This is a Knowledge Guide that explains how you can idenentify celebrity death hoaxes and scams.

Published: August 14, 2014

PHISHING SCAM - 'Upgrade Your Bigpond Account'
Message purporting to be from Australian internet and email service provider Bigpond claims that unused accounts are being cancelled to create more space and you must therefore click a link to re-activate your account and prevent its permanent closure.

Published: August 14, 2014

PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email
Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.

Published: August 13, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.

Published: August 5, 2014

Hulk Hogan is NOT Dead
Rumours circulating via social media claim that wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has died.

Published: August 5, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.

Published: August 5, 2014

Gumtree 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from online buying and selling website Gumtree claims that you Gumtree account has been locked for security reasons and you must proceed with a verification process to restore access.

Published: August 5, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - 'Government Warning' About Bath Shampoo
'Government Warning' message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person's shoulder claims that the growth was caused by a type of bath shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the video to learn more about the 'disease'.

Published: July 31, 2014

FAKE-NEWS: 'Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales'
Circulating report claims that 16 members of a Japanese whaling crew have been killed and eaten by a school of killer whales.

Published: July 31, 2014

ATO 'Multiple Password Failures' Phishing Scam Email
Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that a security check discovered multiple failed login attempts and you are therefore required to reconfirm your account information within 48 hours.

Published: July 30, 2014

SATIRE - 'George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession'
Circulating report claims that former US President George W. Bush has been arrested after police found an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment during a routine traffic stop.

Published: July 28, 2014

HOAX - 'Wiltshire Church to Become Mosque and Bodies Dug Up'
Circulating social media message claims that a British church in Wiltshire, UK will be converted into a mosque and that bodies buried in the church's graveyard will be dug up and moved. The message features an image of the church.

Published: July 28, 2014

Macro Virus Threat Returns - Beware Emails With Malicious Word Attachments
Unsolicited emails with attached 'invoice' or 'payment' Microsoft Word documents ask users to enable Macros to view document contents.

Published: July 24, 2014

FALSE - 'Jim Parsons Quits Big Bang Theory'
Circulating report claims that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the popular TV show 'Big Bang Theory', has quit the show after an on-set argument with co-star Johnny Galecki.

Published: July 24, 2014

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: July 24, 2014

Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have appeared online. These sites publish articles that - for the most part - are simply made up by their authors.

Published: July 23, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - 'Actual Footage Missile MH-17'
Facebook message claims that users can see actual footage of the missile fired at downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 by pro-Russian militants.

Published: July 22, 2014

LIKE-FARMING - 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45' Facebook Giveaway
Facebook Page claims that users can win a 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45 just by liking the page, liking and sharing a promotional post, and adding a comment specifying what colour car they would like.

Published: July 21, 2014

Beware of Scams That Exploit M17 Disaster
Sadly, callous criminals waste no time in exploiting disasters such as air-crashes, terrorist attacks, storms, or tsunamis.

Published: July 21, 2014

RESHIPPING SCAM - 'Transportation Manager' Parcel Repacking Job Offer
Email offers you a position as a 'Transportation Manager', a work-at-home job that involves accepting, repacking and reposting various parcels.

Published: July 17, 2014

MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email
Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

Published: July 15, 2014

Scammers Target Australian Residents Via Fake Virgin Airlines Calls
A number of people in different parts of Australia have reported receiving 'prize' calls claiming to be from Virgin Australia.

Published: July 15, 2014

PHISHING - 'Security Alert Facebook Disabled' Email
Message purporting to be from the Facebook Security team claims that, due to suspicious account activity that violates the Terms of Service, your Facebook account will be automatically disabled if you do not click a link and confirm account details within 12 hours.

Published: July 15, 2014

LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.

Published: July 14, 2014

Hoax - 'RFID Chip Will Be Implemented In All Public Schools By 2015'
Circulating report claims that RFID Chips Will Be Implemented In All US Public School childrenby 2015 in an effort to curb gun violence.

Published: July 14, 2014

NONSENSE: August 2014 Date Combination - 'Once Every 823 Years'
Circulating message claims that August 2014 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a phenomenon that occurs only once every 823 years. The message also claims that sharing the information will bring you money based on Chinese Feng Shui.

Published: July 11, 2014

Malware : E-ZPass Unpaid Toll Email Links to Malware Website
Email purporting to be from US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that the recipient has not paid for driving on a toll road and should click a link to download an invoice.

Published: July 11, 2014

Hoax - 'Dangerous 'New Known Spider' Spreading In Australia'
Circulating message warns you to watch out for a very dangerous 'new known spider' that is spreading across Australia. The message includes a picture of the spider along with a series of images supposedly depicting a wound caused by a bite from one of the spiders.

Published: July 10, 2014

Fiction - Facebook Messages from Dead Girlfriend
Circulating message relates the scary tale of a man who continues to receive Facebook messages from his girlfriend even though she died in a 2012 car accident.

Published: July 10, 2014

Facebook Scam - 'Free Baby Relief Kit From Johnson'
Message being distributed on Facebook claims that you can get a free baby relief kit from Johnson's by clicking a link and following the instructions.

Published: July 9, 2014

Messages Protest Facebook's 'Creepy' Use of Browser History

Various protest messages that are circulating rapidly via social media claim that Facebook is about to start using your browser history to show more targeted advertising.

Published: July 9, 2014


Phishing: 'Expiration Of Your BTinternet Email'
Message purporting to be from BTInternet claims that you must update all of your 'informations' via an attached form or risk the 'expiration' of your BTInternet email.

Published: July 8, 2014


'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
Message circulating on Facebook claims that lost Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 was found by a sailor moments ago. The message is presented as a video that users can supposedly click for more information and features a screenshot of a downed plane.

Published: July 8, 2014

True but Outdated - 'Man Punching Dog' Protest Message
Viral social media message features an image depicting a man about to punch a dog held against a wall and another image showing the dog buried up to its neck in sand. The message asks that people share the images in the hope that the man can be recognized and arrested.

Published: July 7, 2014

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. Some versions ask users to click a link in the message.

Updated: July 5, 2014


'Credit Card Expired' PayPal Email
Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that your credit card has expired and you must therefore click a link to update card details.

Published: July 4, 2014

SURVEY SCAM - 'Abnormal Creatures Growing In Woman's Breast'

Circulating Facebook message claims that an image in the post depicts a woman's breast that has 'unusual and abnormal' creatures growing in it. The image includes a video play button that supposedly allows people to watch footage of the 'creatures'.

Published: June 25, 2014



SATIRE - 'Unborn Baby Pregnant Inside Womb'

Circulating report claims that doctors in Oregon discovered that a baby was pregnant while still in her mother's womb.

Published: June 25, 2014



PRANK - 'England Gets Second Chance as Ref Charged'

Circulating news snippet appearing to be from the BBC claims that England has been given a replay game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee was charged with match fixing and bribery.

Published: June 23, 2014



SICK BABY SCAM: '1 Like = 1 Share'

Circulating Facebook post that features a photograph of a baby with a large surgery scar across his face claims that liking the picture equates to a prayer for the child.

Published: June 13, 2014


NONSENSE - '1 in 3 Americans Implanted With RFID Chips'

Online report claims that 1 in 3 Americans have been implanted with RFID chips and most are unaware that they have the chips. The report suggests that the chips are often implanted during dental work.

Published: June 11, 2014



PRANK - 'Eastenders to be Axed after 29 Years'

Circulating Facebook message claims that popular BBC show 'Eastenders' is set to be axed.

Published: June 11, 2014



HOAX - 'Charles Manson Granted Parole'

Circulating report claims that notorious criminal Charles Manson has been granted parole and will soon walk free.

Published: June 11, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - 'Netflix Account Cancellation's

Message purporting to be from video streaming service Netflix claims that, due to a payment issue, your account will be cancelled unless you click a link and update credit card details.

Published: June 5, 2014



Fake Big W Facebook Pages Promise Large Prizes for Sharing

Facebook Pages claiming to be associated with Australian department store chain Big W, advise users that they can win Dell computers, Samsung Galaxy phones, or other expensive prizes just by liking and sharing Page posts.

Published: June 3, 2014



HOAX - 'Men Claiming to be From Water Company Robbing Homes at Gunpoint'

Social media message warns users that a group of men are posing as water or electricity company workers to gain access to homes and then rob the householders at gunpoint.

Published: June 3, 2014



MALWARE - 'British Airways - Your Flight Ticket Not Activated'

Email purporting to be from British Airways claims that your flight ticket has not been activated and asks you to open an attached file and fill in a form to complete the ticket activation.

Published: June 2, 2014



TRUE - 'Researchers Monitoring Cow Digestion Through Windows in Their Sides'

Circulating reports claim that cows have been fitted with 'windows' that allow researchers direct access to the rumens of the animals to monitor how food is processed.

Published: May 30, 2014



Lou Ferrigno Is NOT Dead

Circulating report claims that popular US actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno has been killed in a car accident.

Published: May 29, 2014



Facebook New Audio Recognition Feature Raising Privacy Concerns

Circulating petition warns that Facebook has announced a new feature for its smartphone app that will allow the company to listen to your phone conversations via the phone's microphone.

Published: May 28, 2014



HOAX - 'Semen Found on McDonald's Burger'

Circulating report claims that a woman in Michigan found semen in the mayonnaise of a McDonald's burger and caught herpes as a result of the contamination.

Published: May 28, 2014



VALID - May 2014 eBay Password Reset Notification Email

Email from online auction company eBay asks you to change your account password due to a security breach.

Published: May 27, 2014



OUTDATED - Viral Video of Mother Beating Baby

Viral social media message that features a disturbing video of a woman beating an infant asks users to share the footage as much as possible in the hope that the offender can be identified and brought to justice.

Published: May 26, 2014



HOAX - 'Mother Suing Marvel Due to Son's Spider-Man Death Jump'

Circulating report claims that a mother is suing comic publisher Marvel because her son jumped from a six-story window to his death after watching a Spider-Man movie.

Published: May 26, 2014



HOAX - 'Frooti HIV Contamination Warning'

Circulating message purporting to be from the Delhi Police warns people not to drink any product from Frooti because a worker has added HIV contaminated blood to the drinks.

Published: May 22, 2014



UNSUBSTANTIATED - 'Possible Maddy McCann Sighting at Football Game Stadium'

Viral social media message suggests that a picture taken from TV coverage of a European football game may show missing English girl Madeline McCann in the stadium audience.

Published: May 22, 2014



MEME - 'Coke and Pepsi Used as Pesticides in India'

Circulating meme claims that Coke and Pepsi Are Used as Pesticides in India because they are cheaper and more effective than the real thing.

Published: May 20, 2014



'Prayers for Likes' Facebook Sick Baby Scam

Circulating message that features an image of a baby with hospital equipment in the background claims that liking the image equates to one prayer for the child while sharing equates to 100 prayers.

Published: May 20, 2014



Unsold Car Stockpile Images

A May 2014 report claims that millions of new cars are being left to deteriorate unsold and unmaintained in vast car yards all around the world because the world recession is 'still biting'. The report features a series of photographs depicting the car stockpiles.

Published: May 19, 2014



MALWARE - 'Justice.gov.uk Parking Fine Reminder Notice'

'Reminder notice' email purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice claims that the recipient owes money for a parking fine and should open an attached document for more information.

Published: May 19, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Password Reset Request' Email

Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company has received a password reset request from an unrecognized device. Recipients are advised to protect their accounts by following a verification procedure outlined in an attached file.

Published: May 16, 2014



MISLEADING and OVERBLOWN - 'Apple Helping Police to Hide Police Brutality'

Circulating reports warn that Apple now has technology that will allow police to switch off iPhone cameras and Wi-Fi at will, thereby allowing them to avoid images and footage of police brutality from becoming public.

Published: May 16, 2014



Cliff Hanging House Image - 'Crazy Master Bedroom'

Image circulating via social media depicts a home built on the very edge of a cliff with a glass-walled master bedroom jutting out over the cliff face.

Published: May 15, 2014



HOAX - 'Maggie From Sweden Hacker Alert'

Circulating social media message warns users not to accept a friend request from a person called 'Maggie from Sweden' because she is a hacker.

Published: May 15, 2014



HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'

Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.

Published: May 14, 2014



LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Brad Duke's 20 Million Dollar Giveaway Contest'

Facebook Page claims that lottery winner Brad Duke is giving $20 million to Facebook users. To get a chance to win, users are instructed to like the Page and add a comment stating what they would do with their prize money. Posts on the Page include images depicting large sums of cash in Australian dollars.

Published: May 14, 2014



'Hanging Naked Man' Orchid Flower Images

Circulating message claims that attached images show the 'Naked Man' orchid, which has flowers that resemble tiny - and clearly male - figures.

Published: May 13, 2014



‘DSVX Virus’ Yahoo Email Phishing Scam

Message claiming to be from Yahoo asks recipients to update their Yahoo email account on the grounds that a 'DSVX virus' has been detected in their account.

Published: May 13, 2014



'Hole Under Door Lock' Burglary Warning Message

Circulating message warns that thieves are breaking into cars by punching a small hole under the door lock. But, claims the message, instead of stealing all valuable items in the vehicle, they find out the owner's home address via a GPS or documents left in the car and then later go to the home and burgle it.

Published: May 9, 2014



Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card

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

Updated: May 8, 2014



Google+ 'Fraudulent Verification Survey' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the 'All Domain Mail Team' at Google+ asks recipients to participate in a 'spam and fraudulent verification survey'.

Published: May 7, 2014



SATIRE - 'Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg'

Circulating report claims that, after a racetrack collision, one jockey with a broken leg died after a horse trainer accidently gave him a lethal dose of a drug used to euthanize injured horses.

Published: May 7, 2014



'Shovel Girl' Miranda Fugate is NOT Dead

Circulating report claims that Miranda Fugate, the girl hit in the head with a shovel in a recent viral video, subsequently died of her injuries.

Published: May 7, 2014



Facebook Account Registration 'Copy Code' Scam Messages

Supposedly official messages being distributed on Facebook claim that users must register or verify their accounts by copying a specified code and pasting it into their browser's console. The messages warn that if a user fails to comply with the instructions, his or her account will be deactivated or disabled.

Published: May 7, 2014



SURVEY SCAM - 'Teen Died Immediately' Facebook Post

Facebook post featuring an image of a young woman being violently assaulted claims that the girl died immediately after the depicted incident. The image includes a video 'play' button that supposedly allows users to view footage of the incident.

Published: May 5, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - 'Virgin Media Quick Pay Profile Update'

Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims the company has introduced extra security features and users must therefore click a link to upgrade their Quick Pay profile.

Published: May 5, 2014



MALWARE - Paymer 'Thank You for Your Deposit' Email

Message purporting to be from digital payment service Paymer thanks recipients for their deposit and claims that they can view the payment ticket in an attached file.

Published: May 5, 2014



LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' Facebook Page

Facebook Page that calls itself 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' promises large cash prizes to people who like a promotional image and like the Page.

Published: May 1, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - 'Unclaimed Walmart Vouchers' Notification Email

Email claims that the 'Walmart Reward Server' has identified the recipient's email address as being linked to $500 worth of unclaimed Walmart vouchers.

Published: May 1, 2014



Reports Claim Subway UK Removing Pork Products and Serving Halal Only Food

Circulating reports claim that some Subway stores in the UK do not serve ham and bacon and offer only halal meat.

Published: May 1, 2014



ATO 'Final Estimated Refund' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund of $585.15 by following a link and filling in a claim form.

Published: April 30, 2014



FAKE - Image Showing Giant Cross Crashed Through Adult Store Roof

Viral image supposedly depicts a giant cross crashed through the roof of an 'Adult World' store. Captions that circulate with the image suggest that the depicted incident shows God's wrath against the 'sinful' store.

Published: April 30, 2014



Telstra 'Refund Bill Account' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company Telstra claims that the customer is owed a refund due to a billing error.

Published: April 30, 2014



Garbled and Misleading 'MAS Overboard Movie' Virus Warning

Alert circulating via text message and social media posts warns users not to open a 'MAS overboard movie' about the lost Malaysian Airlines flight because it contains a virus that will delete phone contacts. The message also warns users not to open emails with specific names because they contain a virus that will delete everything on the user's hard drive.

Published: April 24, 2014



UNSUBSTANTIATED - 'Door-to-Door Salesman Stealing Dogs'

Viral social media message claims that an unidentified man in an attached photograph is posing as a door-to-door seller in an attempt to identify households with dogs so that the animals can later be stolen and used for dog fighting.

Published: April 24, 2014


BOGUS WARNING - ' White Van With Reg 7465 CGF Stealing Dogs'

Viral social media messages claim that men driving a white van with the registration number 7465 CGF are attempting to steal dogs for dog fighting in various locations in the UK and other parts of Europe. The messages include a picture of the white van.

Published: April 24, 2014


Circulating Message Claims 'Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog'

Circulating social media message claims that a newborn baby abandoned in a forest was carried across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to safety by a stray dog. The message features an image of a dog beside a baby on a bed.

Published: April 23, 2014



Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams

Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.

Published: April 23, 2014



ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'BBC Promo Email Award'

Message claims that the recipient's email address has been selected as the winner of £500,000 in the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014, a promotion organized by the BBC One National Lottery.

Published: April 22, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - 'Visa Card Status Notification'

'Status notification' email purporting to be from Visa claims that the recipient's card access has been limited because 'unusual activity' has been detected.

Published: April 22, 2014



HOAX - 'McDonald's Users Worm Fillers in Meat From Company Called 100% Beef'

Circulating report claims that McDonald's users 'worm fillers' in its meat but can still legally claim that there is 100% beef in their burgers because they use a company called the '100% Beef Company'.

Published: April 22, 2014



Westnet 'Upgrade Your Email' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Australian ISP Westnet claims that users must click a link to upgrade a soon to expire email account.

Published: April 22, 2014



'Update IRS E-File' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service demands that recipients click a link to update their IRS e-file.

Published: April 22, 2014



Viral Image of Baby Being Tattooed

An image that appears to depict a crying child being forcibly tattooed by an adult male is currently circulating via social media, causing outrage as it travels.

Published: April 17, 2014



Viral Video Depicts a 'Mysterious' Black Ring In Sky Above England

Messages featuring video footage of a strange black ring floating in the sky above Leamington Spa in the UK suggest that no one can explain the ring's origin.

Published: April 17, 2014



WWE Legend The Undertaker is Alive

Circulating report claims that wrestling star Mark 'The Undertaker' Calaway was found dead in his Texas home.

Published: April 17, 2014



SATIRE - 'Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband'

Circulating report claims that US arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby recently fired a woman because she divorced her husband without company approval.

Published: April 14, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Integrity Check' Email

Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company performs regular integrity checks on user accounts and the recipient must therefore click a one-time validation link to avoid account suspension.

Published: April 14, 2014



SCAM - 'Mermaid Found Inside Shark Video'

Circulating 'breaking news' Facebook message claims that users can click a teaser image to see a 'rare' video footage of a mermaid found inside a shark.

Published: April 14, 2014



HOAX - '15 foot Eastern Brown Snake Found Near Caloundra Golf Course'

Circulating message featuring images of a large snake claims that the snake is a 15 foot long Eastern Brown snake caught near a golf course at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. According to the message, the snake is the largest Eastern Brown ever recorded.

Published: April 11, 2014



Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'

Circulating Facebook message claims that Facebook is limiting Page posts so that no more than 7% of people see them. The message, which bills itself as a test, asks users to like the message and comment 'yes' to ensure that more people see the Page's messages.

Published: April 11, 2014



SCAM -'R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson' - The Rock is NOT Dead

R.I.P. message being distributed on Facebook claims that actor Dwayne Johnson has died during filming of a dangerous stunt for the movie Fast and Furious 7.

Published: April 11, 2014



NONSENSE - 'All Americans Microchipped by 2017'

Report claims that a 2007 NBC News segment predicted that all Americans would be microchipped by the year 2017. The reports suggest that the implanted RFID microchips will be used by the US government to control its citizens.

Published: April 10, 2014



SCAM - 'Devil's Pool Fall Epic Selfie Video'

Facebook post featuring a teaser image of a man taking a photograph at the edge of Africa's Devils Pool urges users to click to watch video footage of the man's accidental fall.

Published: April 10, 2014



Heartbleed Bug - Users Warned to Change All Passwords

Circulating messages warn users about a serious security flaw called 'Heartbleed' that could expose passwords and other sensitive information.

Published: April 10, 2014



HOAX - 'Justin Bieber Admits To Being Bi-Sexual'

Circulating report claims that pop star Justin Bieber has admitted via Twitter that he is bisexual. The report features a screenshot of a supposed Twitter post that features an image of Bieber kissing singer Austin Mahone.

Published: April 9, 2014



PHISHING SCAM - 'Click to Read Vital Newsletter'

Email claims that the sender has uploaded a vital newsletter using Google Docs and requests that recipients click a link to gain immediate access by signing in with their email address details.

Published: April 9, 2014



RingCentral 'New Fax Message' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from Internet fax service RingCentral claims that the recipient has a new fax message that can be viewed by opening an attached file.

Published: April 9, 2014



LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Wife Pregnant for 13 Months Needs Prayers'

Circulating Facebook message claims that a South African woman who has been pregnant for 13 months is about to have an operation and needs prayers. Users are asked to share the message and type 'Amen' as a comment. The message features a photograph of a heavily pregnant woman.

Published: April 8, 2014



'New Voicemail' Pharmacy Spam Email

Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viper claims that the recipient has a new voicemail and can click a "Listen" button to hear the message.

Published: April 8, 2014


HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'

Circulating report claims that the star Meccyroid will pass close to earth on April 21st 2014, resulting in the appearance of two suns in the sky over a 9-hour period.

Published: April 7, 2014



Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams

Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.

Published: April 7, 2014



April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'

News snippet circulating via social media claims that the United States is set to ban raw meat sales as a means of ensuring that only pathogen free meats are sold to the public.

Published: April 7, 2014



iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the iTunes store lists orders supposedly made via the user's Apple account. The email informs users that, if they suspect that their account has been hijacked, they should click a link and supply information to rectify the issue.

Published: April 7, 2014



Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead

Circulating report claims that popular actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has fallen from a cliff and died while filming in New Zealand.

Published: April 7, 2014



Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message

Circulating social media message featuring an image depicting pieces of cheese with nails embedded in them warns that such booby-trapped dog treats are the latest trend in dog parks.

Published: April 4, 2014


Product Order Request Money Laundering Emails

Emails sent to various companies or product providers ask recipients to reply with details of the available products with a view to a future order.

Published: April 3, 2014



Capitec ‘Routine Maintenance’ Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from South African bank Capitec claims that users must confirm their online access as part of routine maintenance to ensure online safety.

Published: April 3, 2014



MALWARE - 'Confidential - ALL Employees Important Document'

Email purporting to be a confidential message from the recipient's employer claims that all employees must fill out and submit an important document contained in an attached file.

Published: April 2, 2014



SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'

Circulating Facebook post claims that lost Flight MH370 has been found in the Indian Ocean. The message features a teaser screenshot of an intact passenger aircraft crashed in the water and invites users to click the image to view a 'shocking video'.

Published: April 2, 2014



Lamborghini Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam

Facebook message claims that an associated Facebook Page is giving away ten Lamborghinis. According to the message, all users need do for a chance to win is like and share the post and comment with their desired car colour.

Published: April 1, 2014


Barclays 'Detected Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from UK bank Barclays claims that irregular activity has been detected on the recipient's account and the account will therefore be restricted until the activity is verified.

Published: April 1, 2014


MALWARE - 'Traffic Accident With Your Car' Email

Email claims that the recipient 'hurt' the sender's car in a traffic accident and urges him or her to view photos of the accident by opening an attached file.

Published: March 31, 2014


HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'

Report circulating via social media claims that scientists at the UK's John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur. The report features a picture that supposedly depicts the cloned baby dinosaur.

Published: March 31, 2014



Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'

Facebook post that features a picture of a boy with a very large tumour on his side claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money each time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.

Published: March 31, 2014



'Homicide Suspect' Malware Email - Fake Critical Reach Alert

Message purporting to be from community alert system Critical Reach claims that recipients can read a bulletin about a homicide suspect by opening an attached file.

Published: March 27, 2014


TRUE - Razor Blades Found on Playground Equipment in East Moline

Circulating social media post warns that a young child was hurt after he unknowingly grabbed a razor blade attached to playground equipment at a park in East Moline, Illinois.

Published: March 26, 2014


Spurious Health Claim - 'Asparagus Can Cure Cancer'

Long circulated Internet message claims that pureed asparagus can cure cancer. The message cites several cases as examples. It claims that the information came from one Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. and was printed in the 'Cancer News Journal' back in December 1979.

Published: March 25, 2014



Google Drive Email Phishing Scam

'Urgent' email requests recipients to click a link to view a document that the sender uploaded using Google Cloud Drive.

Published: March 25, 2014



Eerie Pre-911 Ad for Pakistan International Airlines Features Twin Towers with Plane Silhouette

Circulating message features an old paper advertisement for Pakistan International Airlines that includes an image of New York's Twin Towers with the shadow of a passenger jet on the faces of the buildings.

Published: March 24, 2014



Like-Farming Video Scam - 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Found in Forest'

'Breaking News' message circulating on Facebook claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found. The message features a video teaser image depicting a plane crashed on a dirt roadway beside a forest.

Published: March 24, 2014



'Eagle Snatching Kid' Viral Video is Fake

A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.

Published: March 21, 2014



HOAX - 'Google Earth Finds SOS From Woman Stranded on Deserted Island'

Circulating report that features an image depicting an SOS sign drawn on the ground and viewed from a high altitude, claims that the sign was made by a woman stranded on a deserted island for 7 years. The report suggests that the SOS was finally spotted via Google Earth.

Published: March 20, 2014



'All Paid For Disney World Vacation' Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that users can have a chance to win an all expenses paid vacation to Florida's Disney World in exchange for liking and sharing a promotional image.

Published: March 19, 2014



Telstra BigPond 'Re-validate Account' Phishing Email

Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, claims that the recipient's email account has exceeded its storage limit and he or she must therefore re-validate the account by clicking a link.

Published: March 19, 2014



No, Energy Drinks Do NOT Contain Bull Sperm

Message circulating via social media claims that the 'longhorn cattle company' tested some of the top brands of energy drink and found that they contain bull sperm.

Published: March 19, 2014



Viral Video Showing UFO Emerging From Behind Cloud

A video going viral via social media appears to show a UFO emerging from behind a cloud and then shooting down bolts of blue light. A message that comes with some versions of the video claims that the video is 'being deleted all over the Internet' and asks users to share because the 'truth is happening'.

Published: March 18, 2014



BMW M3 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook message claims that users can win a BMW M3 by sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page.

Published: March 18, 2014



HOAX - Malaysia Airlines 'Lose Yourself' Advertisement

The text on a circulating poster that is billed as an advertisement for Malaysia Airlines includes the slogans 'Lose yourself on an journey of epic proportions' and 'Wherever you go no one will ever know'. The poster claims that the pictured plane is a Boeing 777. The ad is billed as an uncanny premonition of missing Boeing 777 aircraft Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Published: March 17, 2014



Actor Wayne Knight is NOT Dead

Reports and rumours circulating via social media claim that popular actor Wayne Knight has been killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

Published: March 17, 2014



MALWARE - 'Suspicion of Cancer' Blood Test Results Email

Email purporting to be from the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) claims that an analysis of the recipient's blood has revealed a low level of white blood cells that could indicate cancer. The message urges the recipient to print out test results contained in an attached file to give to his or her doctor.

Published: March 14, 2014



Facebook Survey Scam - 'Malaysian MH370 Plane Found In Bermuda Triangle'

Facebook post claims that missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been found in the Bermuda Triangle with its passengers still alive and invites users to click a link to view breaking news video footage of the downed plane.

Published: March 13, 2014



Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'

Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.

Published: March 13, 2014



HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'

Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.

Published: March 13, 2014



HOAX - Volat-Araneus, The Flying Spider

Circulating 'News' snippet claims that Volat-Araneus, a dangerous species of flying spider, will migrate to the UK this year. The snippet links to a longer report discussing the supposed threat.

Published: March 12, 2014



NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'

Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.

Published: March 12, 2014



'End of Windows XP Support' Popup Messages

Popup messages appearing on the screens of some Windows users warn that Microsoft will soon be ending support for its Windows XP operating system. Some users have expressed concern that the warning messages may be malicious.

Published: March 11, 2014



Theme Park Accident Phishing and Survey Scam

Circulating Facebook message claims that a fatal roller coaster accident has occurred at a large theme park and provides a link to video footage of the accident.

Published: March 10, 2014



Microsoft Account 'Outlook Web Access' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Account Team claims that recipients must click a link to upgrade their email account and set up Outlook Web Access.

Published: March 10, 2014



HOAX - Facebook 'No Religion Campaign'

Circulating message claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'No Religion' campaign during which people caught spreading religious beliefs on the network will have their accounts locked.

Published: March 10, 2014



Back to the Future Arrival Time Prank

Messages that have been repeatedly posted on social media websites claim that 'Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives'. The messages refer to the date that the character 'Marty McFly' from the 'Back to the Future' movies arrives in the future. The messages usually include a graphic supposedly depicting the arrival date.

Published: March 7, 2014



'Ignore if u Don't Care' Facebook Donations for Likes Hoax

Circulating Facebook message that features an image of an emaciated young man lying on a bed claims that Facebook will donate money to help the man whenever users like, share or comment on his picture. The message claims that the man is suffering from cancer.

Published: March 7, 2014



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.

Updated: March 7, 2014



Overblown Facebook Warning – 'Do Not Open Any PM's From Anyone!'

Message posted on Facebook warns users not to open any private messages from anyone because the PM's may contain 'malicious malware'. The message claims that just opening the PM will infect the user's computer.

Published: March 5, 2014



PayPal 'Cancel Payment' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has sent a payment to a specified merchant and offers instructions for cancelling the payment if required.

Published: March 5, 2014



HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'

Circulating message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'no swearing campain' and that people subsequently caught using profanity on the network will have their accounts locked pending further investigations.

Published: March 4, 2014



HOAX - 'Deadly Snow Snake' Image

Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts the deadly 'snow snake'. According to the message, the snake's venom will fatally freeze the blood of those bitten. It warns that four people in the United States have already been bitten.

Published: March 4, 2014



BMW 435i Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win one of two BMW 435i luxury cars just by liking, sharing and commenting on a promotional image.

Published: March 4, 2014



'Friend Request From Someone You Are Already Friends With' Alert Message

Circulating Facebook post warns users not to accept a friend request from a person that they are already friends with because the request is an indication that the friend has been hacked.

Published: March 3, 2014



FedEx Package UK Lottery Advance Fee Scam

Message claiming to be from delivery company FedEx informs the recipient that a package containing a UK lottery bank cashier cheque worth over $150000000 has been waiting to be delivered for some time. The recipient is instructed to pay a 'security fee' and supply personal details so that the cheque can be delivered.

Published: February 27, 2014



American Express 'Personal Security Key' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from American Express instructs recipients to visit a website and create a Personal Security Key (PSK) as an account authentication measure.

Published: February 26, 2014



BMW Manager X6 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Message claims that the manager of the BMW Marketing Group is giving away a brand new X6 via Facebook. The message instructs users to like the manager's Facebook Page and share the promotional post for a chance to win the car.

Published: February 26, 2014



Westpac 'Bill Payment Successfully Processed' Phishing Scam

Message supposedly sent by Australian bank Westpac, notifies recipients that a payment to a biller has been successfully processed and invites them to click a link to view transaction details.

Published: February 25, 2014



Pharmacy Spam Email - 'Private Message From Google'

Email claims that recipients can access a private message from Google by clicking a link in the message.

Published: February 25, 2014



180 Unsealed XBOX ONE Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook message claims that 180 XBOX ONES cannot be sold due to being unsealed. Users are instructed to like and share the post for a chance to win one.

Published: February 25, 2014



'Parents Can't Afford Surgery' Sick Baby Hoax

Circulating Facebook post that features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money to cover the family's medical expenses whenever users like, share or comment on the image.

Published: February 24, 2014



NSA Using Angry Birds and Other Apps to Snatch Personal Data?

Circulating social media message claims that America's NSA are using popular apps such as 'Angry Birds' to collect personal information from players.

Published: February 20, 2014



PayPal 'Your Transaction was Declined' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that a transaction was declined because recent activity on the recipient's account seemed unusual. The email instructs users to process a form in an attached file to confirm account information.

Published: February 20, 2014



'Shocking Video' Facebook Scams

Posts appearing on Facebook claim that users can click a link to view "shocking", "exclusive" or "breaking news" video footage. The supposed videos cover a range of subject areas, including the discovery of giant creatures, dreadful car or plane accidents caught on film, news of a celebrity's death or injury and salacious or titillating gossip about what a particular person has supposedly done on camera.

Published: February 20, 2014



Phishing Scam – 'Apple ID Used to Download OS X Mavericks' Email

Email purporting to be from the Apple Security Department warns recipients that their Apple ID was used to download OS X Mavericks and urges them to open an attached file to confirm their accounts if they did not initiate the download.

Published: February 19, 2014



'Product Testing UK' Facebook Survey Scam

Facebook messages originating from a Facebook Page called 'Product Testing UK' claim that testers are need for iPhones and other products and invite users to click a link to fill in a 'Product Testing Application Form'.

Published: February 19, 2014



TRUE - White Lumps of Palm Oil Washed Up on UK Beaches Dangerous to Dogs

Circulating social media message claims that mysterious white lumps of palm oil being washed up on southern UK beaches can be deadly to dogs.

Published: February 19, 2014



CandySwipe Versus Candy Crush Saga Protest Messages

Circulating reports claim that King, developers of the popular game "Candy Crush Saga", is attempting to have the trademark of a game called "CandySwipe" cancelled because it infringes on its own game's trademark. But, allege the reports, "CandySwipe" actually existed - and the name was a registered trademark - well prior to the release of Candy Crush Saga.

Published: February 18, 2014


'Energy Statement' Malware Email

Message purporting to be from the "Energy Billing System" claims that the receiver's latest energy bill is now available online and can be viewed by clicking a link.

Published: February 15, 2014


Telstra Withdrawing Access to Facebook Zero

Circulating rumours claiming that Australian telecommunications giant Telstra is set to withdraw access to Facebook Zero are causing concern and consternation.

Published: February 14, 2014


Microsoft 'Reactivate Your Email Account' Phishing Scam

Mail purporting to be from Microsoft claims that recipients must click a link to complete a 'one time automatic verification' in order to avoid having their email account suspended.

Published: February 13, 2014



HOAX - 'Calls to 0809 Area Code from UK will be Charged at £1500 Per Minute'

Circulating message that includes the letterhead of the Greater Manchester Police warns users not to ever dial the area codes 0809, 0284 and 0876 from the UK because such calls will be charged at £1500 per-minute.

Published: February 13, 2014



One Ring Phone Scam Warnings

Circulating messages warn users about a 'one ring' phone scam designed to trick people into returning a missed call and thereby incurring per minute charges on top of hefty international call fees.

Published: February 12, 2014



'Shocking Accident Roller Coaster' Video Site Promotion Scam

Circulating Facebook message features a teaser image depicting a 'shocking accident' in which a rollercoaster carriage and its passengers come loose from the track and fall. The message includes a link that supposedly opens a video showing footage of the accident.

Published: February 12, 2014



'Incoming Fax Report' Malware Email

Email purporting to be a notification about an incoming payroll related fax claims that users can click a link to read the file online.

Published: February 12, 2014



Satirical Article Falsely Claims Flappy Bird Creator Committed Suicide

Circulating report claims that the developer of the wildly popular game 'Flappy Bird' has committed suicide. It also claims that at least seven other people have committed suicide because the game was removed from app stores.

Published: February 11, 2014



Vin Diesel Fake Death Report Facebook Scam

Circulating Facebook message claims that actor Vin Diesel has died and invites users to click a link to view a video with more information.

Published: February 11, 2014



RBS 'Latest Statement Available' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) advises recipients that their latest statement and pre-advice of interest & charges is available for viewing online.

Published: February 10, 2014



Satire - 'Sochi Olympic Rings Mishap Man Found Dead'

Circulating report claims that the man responsible for the technical problems that caused the Sochi Olympic Rings display to fail during the opening ceremony has been found dead with multiple stab wounds.

Published: February 9, 2014


'Justin Bieber Killed a 7-Year-Old Boy' Rogue App Facebook Scam

Message being distributed on Facebook claims that pop star Justin Bieber accidentally killed a seven-year-old child while driving under the influence.

Published: February 9, 2014


No, Michael Vick was NOT Hospitalized In A Pit Bull Attack

Circulating report claims that US footballer Michael Vick, a man reviled by many for his involvement in dogfighting, has been hospitalized after being attacked by a Pit Bull that escaped its cage and went on a rampage.

Published: February 8, 2014


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.

Updated: February 8, 2014


'Rent Arrears Warning' Malware Email

Email purporting to be a 'Customer Reminder' from a landlord claims that the recipient must pay £2000 in rent arrears within ten working days or face court proceedings. The message claims that recipients can click a link to get more information.

Published: February 7, 2014



Facebook 'A Look Back' Video is Genuine (But Watch For Scam Imitations)

A number of Facebook users have heard rumours that the Facebook "A Look Back" video feature is somehow malicious. The rumours have caused concern and confusion among users.

Published: February 7, 2014



'Major Hack' Facebook Virus Warning Message

Circulating Facebook message describes a 'major hack' that is spreading a virus via private Facebook messages. The message warns users not to open attachments claiming to contain images in a .zip file.

Published: February 7, 2014



'Unconscious Chicken Farming' Social Media Messages

Circulating messages describe a proposed 'Matrix style' chicken farming method in which chickens that have had their cerebral cortex removed will be immobilised in massive steel frames and fed via tubes.

Published: February 6, 2014



cPanel 'Account Verification' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from website hosting control system cPanel claims that recipients must click a link to login and re-confirm their accounts.

Published: February 6, 2014



'Complaint Has Been Received' Pretrial Notice Malware Email

Email purporting to be a "pretrial notice" from a court secretary claims that the recipient's complaint has been received and urges him or her to follow a link to check and confirm the complaint.

Published: February 4, 2014



Satire – 'Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged'

Circulating report claims that officials now believe that the 2014 Super Bowl game was rigged and that the event is now being investigated by the NFL.

Published: February 4, 2014



ANZ 'Upgrade to New System' Phishing Scam

Email pretending to be from large Australian bank ANZ claims that customers must click a link to upgrade to a new system technology designed to give users maximum protection.

Published: February 3, 2014



Misleading and Inaccurate Warning – 'Don’t Answer Calls While Charging Cell Phone'

Social media message claims that a boy died in Mumbai because he took a call while his mobile phone was charging. The message also claims that people should not make or answer calls when a mobile phone's battery is low because the radiation is 1000 times stronger.

Published: February 3, 2014



'Image Has Been Sent by Evernote' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from note taking application Evernote claims that an image has been sent and invites users to click a link to view the image.

Published: February 2, 2014


Eviction Notice Malware Email

Email claims that recipients have been evicted and must vacate their premises within a specified time frame or risk further legal proceedings. Recipients are instructed to open an attached file for more information about the eviction.

Published: January 31, 2014



Gravel Drug Warning Message

Circulating message that features an image depicting an arm with severe lacerations claims that the wounds were caused by a new drug called "gravel".

Published: January 29, 2014


Facebook 'Account Verification' Scam

Message purporting to be from the "Facebook Verification Team" claims that users must verify their profiles by March 15th 2014 to comply with the SOPA and PIPA Act.

Published: January 28, 2014



No, the Labour Party is NOT Planning to Introduce a 'Pet Tax'

Circulating report claims that, if elected in 2015, the Labour Party in Britain is planning on introducing a "pet tax" that would require pet owners to pay a hefty monthly fee for each animal they own.

Published: January 28, 2014



Satire - 'Black Mambas to Help Eradicate Cane Toads'

Circulating report claims that the Government is set to introduce 22,000 black mambas to farms and backyards in the Burdekin region of Queensland, Australia in an effort to control cane toads.

Published: January 24, 2014


Overblown and Inaccurate Gonorrhea 'STD Superbug' Reports

Circulating reports claim that a new antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea could be deadlier than AIDS and could kill in a matter of days.

Published: January 24, 2014



'Customer Service Center' Malware Emails

Email claiming to be from the "Customer Service Center" informs recipients that an order has been received and invites them to click a link to find out more about the order.

Published: January 24, 2014



Mint.Com.Uk 'Minimum Credit Card Payment Due' Phishing Scam

Message, which pretends to be from UK based credit card provider Mint, claims that the recipient's minimum credit card payment is due and advises that the latest bill can be found in an attached file.

Published: January 23, 2014



Outrage Over Viral Image Depicting Young Woman Pointing Gun at Baby

A message featuring a photograph of a young woman pointing a handgun towards a baby she is holding calls for recipients to contact police if they know the woman so that the baby's welfare can be ascertained.

Published: January 23, 2014



Hoax - 'All European Newborn Babies Microchipped From May 2014'

Circulating report claims that from May 2014, all newborn babies born in Europe will be implanted with a subcutaneous RFID chip that will include a GPS that can be linked to a satellite.

Published: January 23, 2014


'Look Out for PayPal Scam' Warning Message

Message that circulates via social media and online forums warns users to watch out for an email from PayPal that says that they have taken £35.50 to pay for a Skype account.

Published: January 22, 2014



Royal Caribbean International 'Vacation Package' Like-Farming and Survey Scam

Facebook messages and associated Page claim that users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package with Royal Caribbean International just by first liking and sharing and then clicking a link to claim the vacation tickets.

Published: January 22, 2014



Spurious Health Tip - Onion on Feet to Take Away Illness

Circulating health tip claims that placing raw onion on your feet can take away illness by absorbing toxins from the body. The message claims that onion placed on the bottom of your feet can gain direct access to your internal organs via "meridians" in your body.

Published: January 22, 2014



The Tale of The Lion, Tiger and Bear Rescued from a Drug Dealer

Circulating message that features a photograph depicting a lion, a tiger and a bear together claims that the animals were rescued from a drug dealer's property early in their lives and have lived together in an animal sanctuary ever since.

Published: January 21, 2014



Apple Account 'Update to New SSL Servers' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the user's online access has been blocked because customers are required to update their information in order to use new ssl servers.

Published: January 21, 2014



'Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge' Survey Scam

A "breaking news" message that features an image depicting a passenger jet crashed into a traffic bridge includes a link that supposedly opens a video with more on the disaster.

Published: January 21, 2014



Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

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

Published: January 20, 2014



Burger King 'Now Hiring Must Be Mexican' Billboard

Circulating social media post claims that a billboard with the message "Now Hiring Must Be Mexican" was displayed outside a Burger King in Ephrata, Washington. The message features a photograph of the billboard.

Published: January 17, 2014



Moon Melon Hoax Image

Message, which features an image depicting slices of bright blue melon that grows in Japan, claims that the fruit can switch flavours after you eat it so that everything sour will taste sweet and everything salty will taste bitter.

Published: January 17, 2014



Bogus Funeral Notification Emails Point to Malware

Message purporting to be from a funeral home notifies recipients about an upcoming funeral and instructs them to click a link to view an invitation and more details about the ceremony.

Published: January 17, 2014



'Giant Snake Eats Zookeeper' Video Survey Scam

Circulating Facebook message invites users to click a link to watch a "shocking video" of a zookeeper being swallowed by a large snake. The message features a teaser image supposedly depicting the snake about to devour the hapless zookeeper.

Published: January 17, 2014



No, Five Meter Tall Human Skeletons were NOT Found in Iran

Circulating report claims that Russian scientists have found 6 giant human skeletons while excavating a site in western Iran. The report features an image depicting one of the five-meter high skeleton.

Published: January 16, 2014



'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

Published: January 14, 2014



'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam

Facebook message claims that users can see who has been visiting them on Facebook by installing the 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' extension.

Published: January 14, 2014



PG & E Energy Statement Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from US energy service provider PG & E notify recipients that their most recent energy statement can be viewed by following a link.

Published: January 14, 2014



Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis

Circulating message, which features an image of a young girl with the lower body of a snake, claims that the Thai youngster suffers from a rare syndrome known as 'Serpentosis Malianorcis'. The message claims that thousands of people gather in front of snake girl Mai Li Fay's Bangkok home every day.

Published: January 13, 2014



Tom Crist Lottery Win Advance Fee Scam

Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winner Tom Crist, claims that the recipient's email address has been selected to receive $1.2 million. The email claims that Tom Crist is giving all of his winnings to "charity, individuals and organisations".

Published: January 13, 2014



Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax

Circulating message claims that a child went missing at Legoland but was later found with a shaved head and new clothes, drugged in a stroller, and ready to be taken out of the theme park by his would-be abductors.

Published: January 13, 2014



Fake Picasa 'New Photos' Emails Point to Dodgy Pharmacy Website

Emails purporting to be from image management system Picasa claims that new photos have been added to the user's album and they can click a button to view the album.

Published: January 13, 2014



'Win a Disney Cruise' Survey Scam

Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win a Disney cruise just by sharing a Disney World video and clicking a link to enter in the draw.

Published: January 10, 2014



Bogus Advice - Block Hackers by Adding 'Security' to Facebook Blocking Function

Circulating message advises Facebook users to type the word "security" into Facebook's "Block Users" function to reveal and block hackers.

Published: January 10, 2014



Fake - Giant Squid Image

Circulating message featuring an image depicting a massive squid on a beach surrounded by onlookers claims that it is the second giant sea creature washed ashore in recent months.

Published: January 10, 2014



Commonwealth Bank 'eStatement Ready' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank advises the recipient that an online account statement is ready for viewing.

Published: January 9, 2014



'Singer Rihanna Found to be Dead' Facebook Survey Scam

Facebook message claims that popular singer Rihanna has been found dead. The post includes a link to a video that supposedly offers more information about the death.

Published: January 8, 2014



Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'

Circulating report claims that Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to long-standing Catholic doctrines after concluding the Third Vatican Council. Supposedly, Pope Francis declared that "all religions are true", that "there is no literal hell", and that the "church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice".

Published: January 8, 2014



Snow Canyon Roadway Image

Caption on a circulating image depicting a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon suggests that the picture was taken in Canada.

Published: January 7, 2014



Albert (Tapper) Torney and the Can Car Sculptures That He Did NOT Make

Circulated message that features pictures of intricate model cars made from aluminium cans claims that the models were made by the late Albert (Tapper) Torney of Australia's Broken Hill.

Published: January 6, 2014



'Your Atmos Energy Bill is Available' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from US natural gas distributor Atmos Energy claims that the recipient's latest energy bill can be viewed on line by clicking a link.

Published: January 6, 2014



'Beware Hack Scam Rollercoaster Clip' Facebook Warning Message

The "rollercoaster" threat described is a typical survey scam, not a virus. And while some incarnations of such scams may attempt to trick users into installing rogue apps or malware, it will not "eat all your info" as claimed. This breathless, ALL CAPS message does not adequately warn users about the type of threat it attempts to describe and sharing it may be counterproductive.

Published: January 5, 2014


Sainsbury's 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scame

Email purporting to be from UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, claims that the recipient can receive a credit of £100 just for filling in a customer satisfaction survey contained in an attached file.

Published:January 5, 2014


Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'

Circulating report claims that 18 million blackbirds fell dead on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. The message includes an image depicting a worker picking up the bodies of the dead birds.

Published: January 3, 2014



Hoax - 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado'

Circulating report claims that 37 people in Colorado died of marijuana overdoses on the first day that recreational marijuana use became legal in that state.

Published: January 3, 2014



Hoax Report Claims Paul Walker Faked His Own Death

Circulating rumours suggest that actor Paul Walker faked his own death by staging a fiery car accident with the help of the Fast & Furious crew and production team.

Published: January 3, 2014



'Shark Eats Swimming Man' Facebook Survey Scam

Facebook message invites users to watch "exclusive" footage of a shark eating a swimming man. The message includes an image depicting a man being carried away inside a huge shark's mouth.

Published: January 2, 2014



'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from the Clerk to the Court claims that recipients must appear in court on a specified date and should open a court notice contained in an attached file for further information.

Published: January 2, 2014



'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



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