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Articles from 2015


  • Kroger ‘40% Off Voucher’ Survey Scam
    According to a post currently being distributed across Facebook, you can follow a link to receive a 40% off voucher from US retailer Kroger.

    Published: December 18, 2015



  • 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.

    Updated: December 17, 2015

  • Department of Human Services ‘Qualification for 2015 Subsidy Benefit’ Scam Email
    This email, which purports to be from Australia’s Department of Human Services, supposedly informs you about ‘your qualification for 2015 subsidy benefit’. The email advises you to reply with your personal and financial information to ‘affirm your eligibility’ for the subsidy.

    Published: December 17, 2015

  • Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue (Or Gold)
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.

    Updated: December 12, 2015

  • Hoax - 'Your Cell Phone Has a Name'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that entering the last three digits of your cell phone number into a Facebook comment will reveal the "name" of your cell phone.

    Updated: December 9, 2015

  • No, Mark Zuckerberg is NOT Giving Millions of Dollars to Facebook Users Who Copy and Paste a Message
    This viral Facebook message claims that Mark Zuckerberg is giving $45 million to ordinary Facebook users. Supposedly, all you need do for a chance of being randomly selected as one of a thousand people to receive $4.5 million is copy and paste the message and tag five to ten of your friends.

    Published: December 7, 2015

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

    Updated: December 7, 2015

  • Bogus Skype ‘Deferred Notification’ Email Opens Pharmacy Spam Site
    According to this email, which claims to be from the ‘Skype team’, you have ‘deferred notifications’ waiting for you. The email invites you to click a link to view your notifications.

    Published: December 3, 2015

  • Hoax News Story Falsely Reports ISIS Attacks in Glasgow, Cheshire, and South Yorkshire
    According to several hoax news reports that are currently being distributed via social media, an ISIS terrorist attack has killed more than 20 people in the UK and injured many others. These reports are untrue.

    Published: December 3, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: December 3, 2015

  • Recycled Hoax Falsely Claims Maryborough Mayor Refused to Remove Pork From School Canteens After Muslim Demands
    According to a message that is being passed around via social media, the blogosphere, and email, the mayor of the Australian city of Maryborough has refused to comply to the demands of the local Muslim community to remove pork from school cafeterias in the district.

    Published: December 2, 2015

  • PayPal ‘You Sent a Payment to Kogan’ Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which appears to be from PayPal, you have sent a payment of $299 (or $199) to Australian online department store Kogan.

    Published: December 1, 2015

  • Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users not to install the 'Christmas tree app' because it is a destructive trojan virus.

    Updated: December 1, 2015

  • Black Muslim in the White House Virus Hoax
    Message warns that an email attachment named 'Black in the White House' contains a damaging computer virus that can destroy the hard drive of the infected computer

    Updated: November 30, 2015

  • ‘Win Disney Vacation and $5000’ Facebook Scam
    According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can win a Disney World vacation for five people along with $5000 cash just by sharing, liking, commenting and then clicking a link to claim your entry.

    Published: November 30, 2015

  • Phishing Scam – ‘Final E-mail Before Apple ID Suspended’
    According to this email, which purports to be from Apple Support, your Apple ID and iCloud are set to be suspended because you did not complete a verification on time.

    Published: November 27, 2015

  • ‘Satanic Agents Looking for Blood ‘ WhatsApp Warning Hoax
    According to a rather breathless message that is currently traversing the interwebs, especially in Namibia, Uganda, and some other African nations, WhatsApp users should beware of messages with specified numbers because the messages come from ‘satanic agents looking for blood through internet’.

    Published: November 26, 2015

  • MISLEADING and OUTDATED - PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning
    Email forward warns that a card from PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) informing householders about a package delivery is actually a scam designed to trick them into making a premium rate phone call that will will cost £315.

    Updated: November 24, 2015

  • Fake Terror Alert Emails Contain Malware
    People have reported receiving ‘terror alert’ emails that claim to be from law enforcement agencies in several locations around the world, including Canada, Dubai, Bahrain, and Turkey. The emails are signed with the names of real law enforcement officials at the specified agencies.

    Published: November 24, 2015

  • Facebook Posts Asking You to Type ‘Amen’ To Help Children or Animals Are Like-Farming Scams Not Hackers
    According to a would-be warning message that is currently circulating rapidly via social media, you should not enter 'amen' under Facebook posts about children, animals, or old people because the posts are from hackers. The message warns that typing ‘amen’ will allow ‘foreign men’ to hack your Facebook account.

    Published: November 24, 2015

  • Standard Chartered ‘New Website Design’ Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from Standard Chartered Bank’s ‘Straight2Bank’ service, the design of the bank’s website is changing. The email advises that the look and feel of the site will change and that the site will have a new web address.

    Published: November 24, 2015

  • Bogus Warning – ‘Don’t Use French Flag as Your Profile Picture Because ISIS Will Find You and Kill You’
    This message, which is circulating via social media, email, and SMS, warns you not to use the French flag overlay on your Facebook profile because, if you do so, terrorist group ISIS will find you and kill you and your family.

    Published: November 18, 2015

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

    Published: November 17, 2015

  • ‘Proposal Letter on Google Drive’ Phishing Scam
    According to this email, the sender tried to attach a proposal letter but received an error message stating that the attachment exceeded the 25MP attachment size limit. So, claims the email, the sender put the document on Google Drive instead.

    Published: November 17, 2015

  • No, Obama has NOT Declared December As National Muslim Appreciation Month
    According to a report that is currently making its way around the interwebs at speed, US President Obama has declared December 2015 as ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’. The report, which is published on a website that – at first glance – appears to be associated with Fox News , notes that:

    Published: November 17, 2015

  • Fake WhatsApp ‘Incoming VoiceMessage’ Email Points to Pharmacy Spam Website
    According to this email, which purports to be from cross platform messaging application WhatsApp, you have an incoming voice message. The message features a large ‘Listen’ button that supposedly allows you to hear your message.

    Published: November 16, 2015

  • SURVEY SCAM – 'Get 5 Free Cineworld Movie Tickets'
    According to a post being distributed on Facebook, you can get five free movie tickets from the UK’s Cineworld Cinemas. Supposedly, Cineworld is giving away the tickets due to its 1ooth anniversary. However, the post is not associated with Cineworld and those who click will not receive any free movie tickets.

    Published: November 16, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Hundreds Dead after Eating Patti LaBelle Pie
    According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, 234 people have died after eating Patti LaBelle sweet potato pies contaminated with Tetrodotoxin 'a venomous substance found in the blue ringed octopus and puff fish'.

    Published: November 16, 2015

  • No, The French Flag Colours Overlay on Facebook Profile Pics is NOT a Virus
    According to a rather strange little rumour that is currently gathering momentum on Facebook, the French flag colours overlay that many people are currently using for their profile pictures is a virus.

    Published: November 15, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Racehorse to be Executed for Being Homosexual
    According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media, a famous racehorse in Saudi Arabia is set to be executed because he was found to be homosexual.

    Published: November 15, 2015

  • Michelle Obama Wants to Give You 4.5 Million Dollars (Not)
    This email is the hands down winner of Hoax-Slayer’s prestigious ‘Dumbest Scam of The Week’ award.

    Published: November 15, 2015

  • ‘Your Account Will Disable’ Facebook Phishing Scam
    According to this message, your Facebook account is about to be disabled for using a fake name, writing offensive content, and other issues that users have supposedly reported. It instructs you to click a link to re-confirm your account to avoid blocking.

    Published: November 14, 2015

  • ‘Employee Documents – Internal Use’ Email Points to Malware
    Sometimes, even simple tricks can be quite effective. In this case, criminals intent on distributing malware are using an email that claims to contain employee documents for internal use.

    Published: November 13, 2015

  • Facebook Lottery Scams Still Claiming Victims
    Advance fee lottery scams – you know, those messages that claim that you’ve won a vast sum of money in some overseas lottery that you’ve never even heard of let alone actually entered – have been around since Noah was a lad.

    Published: November 13, 2015

  • Fake-News: ‘Obama Bans Christmas Cards to Overseas Servicemen’
    According to a report currently being shared vigorously via social media, US President Obama has ordered a ban on the sending of all Christmas Cards to US military members deployed overseas. The report claims that the White House implemented the ban because sending traditional Christmas greetings will upset Muslims in host countries.

    Published: November 12, 2015

  • New Take On Tech Support Phone Scams
    Fraud prevention organisation Financial Fraud Action UK is warning consumers about a new take on the traditional tech-support phone scam.

    Published: November 11, 2015

  • Rumblr Fighting App Is Just a Hoax
    In recent days, news of a new app called "Rumblr" had the Internet all agog. Supposedly, the app, which was described by some outlets as the "tinder for fighting", allowed people to join up anonymously and arrange fights with other app members.

    Published: November 11, 2015

  • Microsoft 'Yearly Anniversary Winning' Advance Fee Scam
    According to this email , which purports to be from software giant Microsoft, you are the lucky winner of nine hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds Sterling. Supposedly, your email address was selected via an 'e-mail beta draw' as the winner of an annual Microsoft promotion. The message claims that the promotion is designed to encourage the use of Microsoft products and its software services.

    Published: November 10, 2015

  • UFO Over Memphis Hoax Images
    According to a post that is going viral on Facebook, a number of people have spotted what appears to be a giant UFO emerging from the clouds over Memphis. The post features several pictures of the UFO that it claims were taken by different people indifferent parts of the city.

    Published: November 10, 2015

  • Beware Of “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” Schemes
    A series of messages being posted via Facebook and other social media outlets are inviting people to participate in “secret sister” gift exchange schemes.

    Published: November 10, 2015

  • Free Marks & Spencer Voucher Facebook Survey Scam
    According to a post being widely distributed across Facebook, you can get yourself a free voucher valued at £100 from UK retailer Marks & Spencer.

    Published: November 9, 2015

  • ‘Application For Leave’ Emails Contain Malware
    Inboxes are currently being hit by emails that claim that a request for leave has been approved. The emails list the proposed dates for the leave and include a company name.

    Published: November 9, 2015

  • ANZ Bank 'You Have a New Statement' Phishing Scam
    This email, which purports to be from the ANZ bank, claims that you, 'dear customer' have a new statement for your credit card. It requests that you click a link to login to ANZ internet Banking and check your statement for errors or unauthorised transactions.

    Published: November 7, 2015

  • Bogus Department of Education and Training 'Form Receipt' Email Contains Malware
    An email claiming to be a form receipt from the Department of Education and Training is currently being distributed. The email claims that you recently submitted an application form at Business.gov.au and includes a reference number. The message advises you to open an attached PDF to review a copy of your form submission.

    Published: November 6, 2015

  • Toys "R" Us Free Coupon Facebook Scam
    According to a scam post currently being shared across Facebook, toy outlet Toys R Us is giving away clearance sale coupons worth $300. The post invites you to click to 'get yours before they run out'.

    Published: November 6, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims That Ruins of Viking Trade Center Found in Western Australia
    According to a report that has been making its way round the Internet since August 2015, archaeologists working in Western Australia have unearthed the remains of an 11th century Viking settlement.

    Published: November 5, 2015

  • 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).

    Updated: November 5, 2015

  • Facebook 'Daphne Bcsakai Serious Threat Warning' Hacker Hoax
    According to a 'serious threat warning' that is currently circulating via Facebook, you should not approve a person that uses the name Daphne Bcsakai or Daphne Bcstahl as a friend or group member. The message claims that the 'person' is in fact a 'hacker/virus' and that, if you approve it as a friend, it can take over your profile, access your account and remove you and other admins from groups that you operate.

    Published: November 5, 2015

  • Spurious First Aid Advice - Flour For Treatment of Burns
    Widely circulated message recommends covering burns with plain flour as a first aid treatment and claims that the "miraculous" remedy will stop the burn from blistering.

    Published: Last updated: August 6, 2015

  • Hoax Warning Claims 'Bompie' Brand Frozen Juice Has Killed 180 People
    According to a message that is circulating rapidly via social media, SMS, and email, you should not buy a frozen juice brand called 'Bompie'. Supposedly, the juice was shipped into Ghana from Nigeria and has so far killed 180 people. The warning rather vaguely suggests that the deaths occurred because the juice contains 'a poisonous chemical'.

    Published: November 4, 2015

  • Blue's Clues Star Steve Burns Did NOT Die in a Car Accident
    According to a fake-news report circulating via social media and the blogosphere, Steve Burns, former host of popular children's TV show Blue's Clues, has died in a car accident.

    Published: November 4, 2015

  • American Airlines, 'eTicket Itinerary and Receipt Confirmation' Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from American Airlines, claims to be an 'eTicket Itinerary and Receipt Confirmation' and claims that you can print out your flight ticket by opening an attached Microsoft Word document.

    Published: November 3, 2015

  • 5 Spooky Hoaxes For Halloween
    In homage to Halloween, we've resurrected five of our spookiest hoaxes for your reading pleasure!

    Updated: Last updated: November 1, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'Tupac Shakur Alive'
    Circulating report claims that rapper did not die in a September 1996 drive-by shooting as thought but has instead been in hiding for 18 years.

    Updated: October 30, 2015

  • British Airways 'Free Airline Tickets' Facebook Scam
    Yet another 'free airline tickets' scam is hitting Facebook. This version claims that British Airways is giving you the chance to get free first class airline tickets to anywhere around the world. The post invites you to click to claim your free tickets.

    Published: October 29, 2015

  • Bogus Simple Energy Bill Emails Contain Macro Malware
    'eBill' notification emails purporting to be from electricity and gas retailer Simple Energy are currently hitting inboxes.

    Published: October 29, 2015

  • Fake Domain Suspension Notice Emails Link to Malware
    Domain name holders are currently being targeted in an aggressive malware campaign that claims their domain name has been suspended for violation of the domain registrar's abuse policy.

    Published: October 29, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Updated: October 29, 2015

  • Lauren and the *677 Police Dispatch Cell Phone Number
    Circulating message describes how a young woman named Lauren avoided being raped by a police impostor in an unmarked car by dialling *677 on her cell phone.

    Updated: October 28, 2015

  • Hoax - 'All European Newborn Babies Microchipped From December 2016'
    Circulating report claims that from December 2016, all newborn babies born in Europe will be implanted with a subcutaneous RFID chip that will include a GPS sensor that can transmit data to cell phones and tablets.

    Updated: October 27, 2015

  • Prank Post Claims All McDonalds Stores to be Closed by 2016
    According to a message that is currently traversing the interwebs at speed, fast food giant McDonalds is set to close all its stores by 2016 due to 'recent finds in lab tests'.

    Published: October 27, 2015

  • Peter Dinklage is NOT Dead - Actor Targeted in Celebrity Death Hoax
    According to a report circulating via social media, actor Peter Dinklage has been killed in a car accident. Peter Dinklage plays the character Tyrion Lannister in the TV series Game of Thrones.

    Published: October 27, 2015

  • 'Free Primark Vouchers' Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook post promises free Primark vouchers to users who click a link in the post and participate as instructed.

    Updated: 27, 2015

  • 'Never Ever Drink Coca' Video Survey Scam
    According to a message being distributed on Facebook, you will never drink 'Coca' again after you have clicked on the message and watched leaked video footage.

    Updated: October 24, 2015

  • 'Free Cases of Smirnoff Vodka' Facebook Scam
    Supposedly, as a means of celebrating its 150th anniversary, Smirnoff is giving away free cases of vodka to Facebook users. A circulating post promoting the supposed giveaway urges you to click to claim your prize now and warns that the offer ends today.

    Published: October 22, 2015

  • Facebook Scam - 'Powerball Free $1 Million Jackpot'
    According to a post that is currently being shared across Facebook, lottery game Powerball is giving users free chances to win an instant jackpot of 1 million dollars. The post urges you to click to 'try your luck now'.

    Published: October 21, 2015

  • False Claim - Onions are Magnets for Bacteria
    Circulating health warning claims that raw or leftover onions are poisonous because they are magnets for bacteria and are therefore not safe to eat.

    Updated: October 20, 2015

  • Criminals Use Name of Lottery Winner John Liappas in Advance Fee Scam Messages
    According to this message, which purports to be from lottery winner John Liappas, you have been 'chosen by God' to receive a cash donation of $500,000.

    Published: October 19, 2015

  • Facebook Survey Scam - 'Grab a Free £75 Tesco Gift Card'
    According to a post circulating rapidly on Facebook, you can click to grab yourself a free Tesco gift card valued at £75. The post features a photograph depicting a letter from Tesco with a Tesco gift card attached.

    Published: October 19, 2015

  • Perfume Urban Legend - 'Car Park Criminals Using Ether Disguised as Perfume'
    Circulating messages claim that criminals lurking in parking areas are using drugs disguised as perfume to debilitate and rob victims.

    Updated: October 19, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from a bank or other financial institution claims that you have received a secure message that you can read by opening an attached file.

    Updated: October 16, 2015

  • Bristol Zoo Car Park Attendant Hoax
    Message claims that a man posing as a car park attendant at Bristol Zoo collected unauthorised parking fees from zoo visitors for 25 years before absconding to Spain to live in luxury on the proceeds of his illegal activities.

    Updated: October 15, 2015

  • Circulating Image Implies Heineken Supports Dog Fighting
    Widely circulated image shows a dog fight with a row of Heineken banners visible in the background.

    Updated: October 14, 2015

  • Fake 'First NetBank Third Party Payment' Emails From CBA Contain Malware
    This email, which purports to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank (CBA), is supposedly a notification about a recent payment from your account to a third party. The email suggest that more than $7000 has been transferred to another account for the purpose of 'Assistance to Refugees'.

    Published: October 14, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims That a Hunter Accidentally Shot His Wife Because He Thought She Was a Buffalo
    According to a report currently circulating via social media, a hunter in Texas has accidentally shot and killed his wife because he mistook her for a buffalo.

    Published: October 14, 2015

  • Facebook Scam - 'Get a Free iPhone in Memory of Steve Jobs'
    According to a post that is currently being shared widely across Facebook, Apple is giving away free iPhone 6 phones in memory of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

    Published: October 13, 2015

  • 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.

    Published: Last updated: October 12, 2015

  • 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 10, 2015

  • 'Teen in Critical Condition' Shocking Video Facebook Scam
    Yet another 'shocking video' scam is currently gaining momentum on Facebook. This version, which features a teaser image depicting a naked and obviously distressed young woman, claims that the 'girl is in critical condition after being forced to do this'.

  • Facebook Team Security Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'
    Message purporting to be a warning from 'Facebook Security' or the 'Facebook Team' claims that recipients must click a link and confirm their details or their Facebook account will be closed permanently.

    Updated: October 9, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'Climate Change Activist Spends a Year Living in a Freezer'
    According to a story that is making its way at speed around the interwebs, an environmental activist in California has spend an entire year living in a small commercial freezer in order to raise awareness of climate change issues and pressure the US government into taking more action.

    Published: October 8, 2015

  • AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax
    Message that lists the number of people in a particular group accused of various criminal or immoral activities claims that the group actually represents the 535 members of the Australian Parliament.

    Updated: October 6, 2015

  • Fake CargoSmart 'Sea Waybill Notification' Email Contains Malware
    This malware email, which purports to be from shipment management software provider CargoSmart, claims to be a sea waybill notification about a recent shipment.

    Published: October 6, 2015

  • 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: October 6, 2015

  • 'FacebookPremium' Prank Messages Cause Confusion
    A post circulating via Facebook has been causing a degree of confusion among some users. The post features a grey image that includes the words 'This Photo only viewable by FacebookPremium Users'. But, the message is just a silly prank.

    Published: October 2, 2015

  • Hoax-Slayer's Current Top Five Dumbest Hoaxes
    A Few of The Most Ridiculous Internet Hoaxes Currently Circulating

    Updated: October 2, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: October 1, 2015

  • DocuSign 'Completed: Optus Agreement' Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from electronic signature service DocuSign, claims that your agreement with Australian telecommunications company Optus has been completed.

    Published: September 30, 2015

  • Adam Sandler Has Not Died - Star Again Targeted in Nasty Death Hoax
    A contemptible fake-news report claims that popular actor Adam Sandler has been found dead in an apparent suicide. The claim is false. Adam Sandler is not dead.

    Published: September 30, 2015

  • Like-Farming Facebook Page Promises 'Luxury Villa in Spain' As Prize for Liking and Sharing
    Scam Facebook Page that falsely claims to be associated with UK travel company Thomson promises users the chance to win a luxury villa in Spain just for liking, sharing, and commenting.

    Published: September 29, 2015

  • Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
    Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a 'Privacy Statement' as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network. The latest 'better safe than sorry' version mentions Channel 13 News as a source.

    Updated: September 28, 2015

  • Fake FarmVille Zynga Games PayPal Payment Receipt Email Links to Phishing Website
    According to this phishing email, which appears to be an official payment notification from PayPal, you have sent a payment of $49.99 to FarmVille Zynga Games.

    Published: September 28, 2015

  • UWheels Giveaway Facebook Scam
    According to a post being shared on Facebook, you can get a free UWheels scooter just by liking and sharing the post and liking the Facebook Page that the post comes from. Supposedly, 125 UWheels are being given away because they are unsealed.

    Published: September 28, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Facebook To Start Charging to Keep Your Posts Private'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that from tomorrow all of the information that users have published on Facebook will be made public unless they pay a fee of £5.99 or repost the same message.

    Updated: September 28, 2015

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

    Updated: September 26, 2015

  • 'Rare Himalayan Flower' Image Depicts a Sea Pen
    Circulating posts claim that an attached image depicts a very rare flower found in the Himalayas. However, the image actually shows a marine organism known as a sea pen

    Published: September 23, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts
    Circulating report claims that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.

    Updated: September 22, 2015

  • 'Dislike Button' Scams Target Facebook Users
    Bogus messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can follow a link to install a 'Dislike Button' on their Facebook account.

    Published: September 22, 2015

  • Administrator 'Internal Only' Malware Email
    This malware email, which claims to be from the 'Administrator', warns rather cryptically that the linked file is INTERNAL ONLY.

    Updated: September 22, 2015

  • Fake National Australia Bank 'Monthly Report' Email Contains Malware
    According to this email, which purports to be from an Accounting Department Specialist at the National Australia Bank (NAB), your monthly account report is included in an attached file.

    Published: September 18, 2015

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

    Updated: September 18, 2015

  • Yet Another Tesco 'Free Voucher' Survey Scam Hitting Facebook
    According to a Facebook Page that claims to be associated with retailer Tesco, you can win a £500 voucher by liking, sharing, and commenting on a post promoting the supposed prize and then clicking a link to confirm your entry.

    Published: September 17, 2015

  • 'Administration Server Team' Malware Emails
    A series of malicious emails purporting to be from the Administration Server Team are currently invading inboxes.

    Published: September 17, 2015

  • Beware of Fake Facebook 'Prize' Pages That Claim to Belong to High-Profile Entertainers
    A scammer tactic that has become more common over the last year or so is to create fake Facebook Fan Pages that claim to be associated with various popular entertainers.

    Updated: September 17, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: - '600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at a hospital in Perth, Western Australia. The report features photographs of the woman and baby.

    Updated: September 16, 2015

  • Prank Post Falsely Claims Dunkin' Donuts Is Closing Down
    A post currently circulating the interwebs at speed is sending cold shivers down the spines of donut lovers. The post claims that, due to a failing economy that has left the restaurant industry in ruins, Dunkin' Donuts has declared bankruptcy and will close all its stores by late November.

    Published: September 16, 2015

  • Are Weird Human-Dog Hybrid Creatures Being Sold to the Super-Rich as Pets?
    According to a report currently circulating via social media, weird human-dog hybrid creatures are being sold to the super-rich as pets.

    Published: September 16, 2015

  • Fake Payment Summary Malware Email Targets Australian Taxpayers
    This email supposedly contains an attached copy of your payment summary for the 2014/15 financial year. It is apparently aimed at people working in the health sector and claims to be from Recruitment and Employee Transactional Services at HealthShare NSW.

    Published: September 15, 2015

  • Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
    Circulating protest messages claims that refugees receive a substantially higher monthly payment from the Australian government than do Australian pensioners.

    Updated: September 15, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims YouTube Will be Down For Three Weeks From October 1
    According to a 'news' report that is rapidly making its way around the interwebs, YouTube will be unavailable for a three week period due to a major update.

    Published: September 15, 2015

  • Fake 'Pedophiles in Your Area' Alert Emails Open Spam 'Shoppers Dream' Website
    Email inboxes are currently being hit by fake 'Neighborhood Safety Warning' messages that supposedly warn about pedophiles.

    Published: September 14, 2015

  • David Jason is NOT Dead - Actor Targeted in Poor Taste Prank
    According to a prank post that is circulating via social media, much loved English actor David Jason has died of a heart attack.

    Published: September 10, 2015

  • 'Confirm Your Apple Account' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient needs to click a link to log into his or her Apple account and confirm ownership.

    Updated: September 10, 2015

  • Desperate Advance Fee Scam Victims Can Be Vulnerable to Follow-Up Scam Attempts
    Some people who have lost money via advance fee scams can become increasingly desperate. Often, against all logic, they will steadfastly refuse to believe that they have been conned and cling forlornly to the vain hope that - somehow - they will still get the riches they were promised and it will all work out in the end.

    Published: September 9, 2015

  • Betty White is NOT Dead - Betty White 'Dyes' Joke Article Dupes Internet Users
    Circulating rumours suggest that Betty White has died.

    Updated: September 9, 2015

  • John Cena Did NOT Die in a Car Accident
    Viral social media posts claim that wrestling star John Cena has died in a car accident.

    Updated: September 7, 2015

  • Is Lemon A Cancer Killer That is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?
    Message purporting to be from the Institute of Health Sciences in Baltimore claims that lemon is a 'miraculous product' that can kill cancer cells, is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy, and is a 'proven remedy against cancers of all types'.

    Updated: September 7, 2015

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

    Updated: September 7, 2015

  • Three Facebook Related Hoaxes That Just Will NOT Die
    Here we discuss three Facebook hoaxes that keep resurfacing at regular intervals, year in year out.

    Updated: September 7, 2015

  • 'Attached is Your Credit Note' Malware Emails
    Malware emails claiming to include a 'credit note' in an attached file are currently hitting inboxes. The emails specify an invoice number for the supposed credit note. The emails also include a value for the supposed invoice along with the name of the company that purportedly sent the message.

    Published: September 7, 2015

  • Fake Emirates Facebook Page Promises Free Flight Tickets For Likes
    According to a Facebook Page that falsely claims to belong to airline Emirates, you can win free air tickets to any destination in the world along with $5000 spending money just by liking and sharing a promotional post and commenting 'Thank You'.

    Published: September 7, 2015

  • Bendigo Bank 'Morning Update' Malware Email
    A malware email professing to be a 'Morning Update' from Australia's Bendigo Bank is currently hitting inboxes.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • Pepsi Car Wrap Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that you can make $350 per week just by displaying advertisements for Pepsi on your car.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • Reshipping Fraud - Parcel Mule Scams
    Jobs offered online or via email claim that participants can earn money by receiving items and resending them to specified addresses.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • Warnings Claim Facebook Is Deleting Pet Profiles
    Circulating messages claims that Facebook is now deleting pet profiles and pet rescue pages.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

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

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For
    Facebook is a perfect venue for scammers to distribute their malicious messages and find new victims. Here are five current Facebook scams to watch out for.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • 2015 Rugby World Cup Advance Fee Scam
    According to this email, you have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and you are therefore eligible to receive a payout of two hundred and fifty thousand rand.

    Published: September 4, 2015

  • Are UK Companies Required by Law To Transfer 0800 Callers to UK Based Reps If Requested?
    Circulating message claims that UK residents who contact a company via a 0800 phone number and find that they are talking to an overseas customer service representative can ask to be transferred to a UK based representative, thereby helping to create more UK jobs. According to the message, there is a law requiring companies to make such a call transfer if requested by a customer.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • Don't Get Caught! Fake Tiffany & Co. Facebook Page Promises Prizes for Liking and Sharing
    This Facebook Page supposedly belongs to famous jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. The Page claims that you can win fabulous prizes such as a £20,000 diamond ring, a Range Rover, and a £5000 spending spree just by liking and sharing.

    Updated: September 4, 2015

  • Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax
    Message claims that an email with an attached file called Invitation contains a virus that will open an Olympic Torch that destroys the computer's hard drive.

    Updated: September 3, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims That Body Of Homeless Man Was Bob Marley
    Circulating report claims that when Jamaican authorities conducted DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found behind a fast food restaurant, they discovered that the man was actually reggae star Bob Marley.

    Updated: September 3, 2015

  • Facebook Survey Scam: 'Free $100 Coupon From The Cheesecake Factory'
    According to a post appearing on Facebook, you can click to receive a free gift coupon from The Cheesecake Factory worth $100. The post features a clickable image of the supposed coupon.

    Published: September 3, 2015

  • Westpac New Zealand 'Account Update' Phishing Scam
    According to this 'account update' email, which purports to be from the Security Team at Westpac New Zealand, your banking profile will no longer be available due to suspected login activity.

    Published: September 3, 2015

  • WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax
    Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are avid users

    Updated: September 3, 2015

  • Why Do Smart People Fall For Dumb Hoaxes and Transparent Scams?
    Every day - in fact, every minute - people fall for the dumbest hoaxes and the most transparent scams. Why? Many may conclude that the people who do fall for such scams and hoaxes are just plain dumb. But I don't believe that scam or hoax victims are always dumb or stupid. Not at all! It is just not that simple.

    Published: September 3, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from a bank or other financial institution claims that you have received a secure message that you can read by opening an attached file.

    Updated: September 3, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: September 3, 2015

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

    Updated: September 2, 2015

  • '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.

    Updated: Last updated: September 2, 2015

  • Hoax - Picture of 'World's Largest Tortoise'
    Social media message claims that an attached photograph depicts the world's largest tortoise, found in the Amazon River, being transported along a roadway strapped to the bed of a large truck. A newer variant claims that the giant beast is a mutant caused by radiation leaked from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

    Published: September 2, 2015

  • Six Old Internet Hoaxes That Are Once Again Circulating
    Here we list six tired old hoaxes that are once again circulating the Internet at speed.

    Published: Last updated: September 2, 2015

  • 'Terrible Car Accident' Prayers For Likes Sick Baby Scam
    This post, which is currently being distributed across Facebook, claims that, by liking and sharing, you can offer multiple prayers for a baby that 'meet in a terrible car accident'.

    Published: September 2, 2015

  • Tesco '£100 Back to School Coupon' Facebook Scam
    According to a post that is currently being shared across Facebook, you can get a 'back to school' Tesco coupon worth £100 by clicking on the post.

    Updated: September 2, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Boy Expelled For Asking For a 'Skin Colored' Crayon
    According to a report currently circulating via social media and the blogosphere, an 8-year-old Los Angeles boy has been expelled from school because he asked an African American class mate for a 'skin coloured' crayon.

    Published: September 2, 2015

  • 'Facebook Online International Lottery' Advance Fee Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient has won $600,000 in the Facebook Online International Lottery and should contact the Facebook

    Published: September 2, 2015

  • 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'.

    Updated: September 2, 2015

  • 'Like and Comment and See What Happens to the Picture' Facebook Like-Farming Scams
    A number of Facebook posts are circulating that claim that if you 'like' a picture and then type a number or a word 'something will happen' to the picture.

    Published: September 1, 2015

  • Hoax - Julia Gillard Tells Muslims To Adapt or Leave
    Widely circulated message claims that former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia.

    Updated: September 1, 2015

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is NOT Dead
    According to a circulating 'news' report, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has died of an apparent heart attack in his Los Angeles home. But, the message is yet another celebrity death hoax. Big Arnie has not been terminated.

    Published: August 31, 2015

  • Disney Still A Favourite Target for Facebook Scammers
    Perhaps because it is such a high-profile entity and is known all around the world, Disney tends to be a favourite target for Facebook scammers.

    Updated: August 31, 2015

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

    Updated: August 31, 2015

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

    Updated: August 31, 2015

  • HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

    Published: August 29, 2015

  • Fake FedEx 'Shipment Notification' Email Contains Malware
    According to this email, which claims to be a shipment notification from delivery company FedEx, you can view a tracking update by opening an attached file. Supposedly, FedEx sent the email in response to a request for a tracking update.

    Published: August 28, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: August 27, 2015

  • Dear Facebook, I Have a Question......
    In what universe is it NOT a violation of any decent set of 'community standards' to steal a picture of a sick baby and use it just to gather social media likes?

    Published: August 26, 2015

  • 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: August 26, 2015

  • Willie Nelson is NOT Dead
    'News' report claims that legendary country music star Willie Nelson has been found dead at his Maui home. Rumours derived from the report are circulating via social media.

    Updated: August 26, 2015

  • Royal Caribbean Facebook Survey Scam
    A Facebook Page that claims to be associated with cruise line Royal Caribbean is supposedly giving away free cruise tickets for a two week holiday topped up with $2500 spending money.

    Published: August 24, 2015

  • iPhone 6 Like-Farming Scam
    According to an 'Apple iPhone' Facebook Page currently being promoted across the network, you can win an iPhone 6 just by liking and sharing a promotional image, and adding a comment specifying what colour phone you would like should you win.

    Published: August 23, 2015

  • Pointless and Exploitive 'Share if You Are Against Child Abuse' Facebook Post
    Circulating Facebook message featuring a photograph of a little girl with a badly bruised face asks users to share the picture if they are against child abuse.

    Updated: August 21, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims NASA has Predicted 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015
    According to a 'news' report currently circulating via social media, NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015.

    Published: August 21, 2015

  • Fake Islamic 'America We Will Kill You All' Sign Image Spreading Hate
    This would-be protest message, which is circulating rapidly via social media and email, features a photograph that supposedly depicts a sign near Dearborn, Michigan that threatens American people with death in the name of Allah.

    Published: August 21, 2015

  • Tear Drop Monument - Russian Gift to the United States
    Email claims that attached photographs show a monument donated by Russia as a memorial for the victims of 9/11.

    Updated: August 21, 2015

  • Fake Companies House 'Important Documents' Email Contains Malware
    This email, which purports to be from UK Government department Companies House, supposedly contains important and confidential company documents in an attached file.

    Published: August 20, 2015

  • Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax - 'Facebook Overpopulated'
    Message claims that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.

    Updated: August 19, 2015

  • 'A for guest WARDE SAID' Hilton Hotel Receipt Malware Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from hotel chain Hilton, a receipt for your hotel booking is included in an attached file. However, the email is not from Hilton. The attachment contains malware.

    Published: August 19, 2015

  • The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith
    Email with a series of attached pictures claims that the pictures were created on a typewriter by the artist Paul Smith.

    Updated: August 18, 2015

  • Another Facebook Sick Baby Scam - 'Baby With Brain Cancer'
    This widely circulated Facebook message, which features a photograph depicting a baby with a very large growth on the side of her head, asks users to like, comment, and share the image as a means of raising money to help the pictured baby.

    Published: August 17, 2015

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

    Updated: August 17, 2015

  • Amazon 'New Security Feature' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which claims to be from Amazon, the company has added a new security feature and you must therefore click a link to update your account information.

    Published: August 17, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: August 17, 2015

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

    Published: August 14, 2015

  • PayPal 'Changes to Legal Agreements' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from PayPal, the company is making changes to its legal agreements and you therefore need to click a 'Confirm Account' button to accept the changes.

    Published: August 14, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: August 14, 2015

  • Apple KYC Validation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Apple Genius Assistance', you must review your Apple ID information within two days. Supposedly, Apple is required by law under 'KYC legislation' to perform an account verification.

    Updated: August 12, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: Last updated: August 10, 2015

  • How Can We Fight Against Disgusting Sick Baby Scams?
    Unfortunately, sick baby scams are still very common on Facebook. What can we do to stop these scams?

    Published: August 7, 2015

  • Hoax - Julia Gillard Tells Muslims To Adapt or Leave
    Widely circulated message claims that former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia.

    Updated: September 1, 2015

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is NOT Dead
    According to a circulating 'news' report, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has died of an apparent heart attack in his Los Angeles home. But, the message is yet another celebrity death hoax. Big Arnie has not been terminated.

    Published: August 31, 2015

  • Disney Still A Favourite Target for Facebook Scammers
    Perhaps because it is such a high-profile entity and is known all around the world, Disney tends to be a favourite target for Facebook scammers.

    Updated: August 31, 2015

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

    Updated: August 31, 2015

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

    Updated: August 31, 2015

  • HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

    Published: August 29, 2015

  • Fake FedEx 'Shipment Notification' Email Contains Malware
    According to this email, which claims to be a shipment notification from delivery company FedEx, you can view a tracking update by opening an attached file. Supposedly, FedEx sent the email in response to a request for a tracking update.

    Published: August 28, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: August 27, 2015

  • Dear Facebook, I Have a Question......
    In what universe is it NOT a violation of any decent set of 'community standards' to steal a picture of a sick baby and use it just to gather social media likes?

    Published: August 26, 2015

  • 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: August 26, 2015

  • Willie Nelson is NOT Dead
    'News' report claims that legendary country music star Willie Nelson has been found dead at his Maui home. Rumours derived from the report are circulating via social media.

    Updated: August 26, 2015

  • Royal Caribbean Facebook Survey Scam
    A Facebook Page that claims to be associated with cruise line Royal Caribbean is supposedly giving away free cruise tickets for a two week holiday topped up with $2500 spending money.

    Published: August 24, 2015

  • iPhone 6 Like-Farming Scam
    According to an 'Apple iPhone' Facebook Page currently being promoted across the network, you can win an iPhone 6 just by liking and sharing a promotional image, and adding a comment specifying what colour phone you would like should you win.

    Published: August 23, 2015

  • Pointless and Exploitive 'Share if You Are Against Child Abuse' Facebook Post
    Circulating Facebook message featuring a photograph of a little girl with a badly bruised face asks users to share the picture if they are against child abuse.

    Updated: August 21, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims NASA has Predicted 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015
    According to a 'news' report currently circulating via social media, NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015.

    Published: August 21, 2015

  • Fake Islamic 'America We Will Kill You All' Sign Image Spreading Hate
    This would-be protest message, which is circulating rapidly via social media and email, features a photograph that supposedly depicts a sign near Dearborn, Michigan that threatens American people with death in the name of Allah.

    Published: August 21, 2015

  • Tear Drop Monument - Russian Gift to the United States
    Email claims that attached photographs show a monument donated by Russia as a memorial for the victims of 9/11.

    Updated: August 21, 2015

  • Fake Companies House 'Important Documents' Email Contains Malware
    This email, which purports to be from UK Government department Companies House, supposedly contains important and confidential company documents in an attached file.

    Published: August 20, 2015

  • Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax - 'Facebook Overpopulated'
    Message claims that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.

    Updated: August 19, 2015

  • 'A for guest WARDE SAID' Hilton Hotel Receipt Malware Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from hotel chain Hilton, a receipt for your hotel booking is included in an attached file. However, the email is not from Hilton. The attachment contains malware.

    Published: August 19, 2015

  • The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith
    Email with a series of attached pictures claims that the pictures were created on a typewriter by the artist Paul Smith.

    Updated: August 18, 2015

  • Another Facebook Sick Baby Scam - 'Baby With Brain Cancer'
    This widely circulated Facebook message, which features a photograph depicting a baby with a very large growth on the side of her head, asks users to like, comment, and share the image as a means of raising money to help the pictured baby.

    Published: August 17, 2015

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

    Updated: August 17, 2015

  • Amazon 'New Security Feature' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which claims to be from Amazon, the company has added a new security feature and you must therefore click a link to update your account information.

    Published: August 17, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: August 17, 2015

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

    Published: August 14, 2015

  • PayPal 'Changes to Legal Agreements' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from PayPal, the company is making changes to its legal agreements and you therefore need to click a 'Confirm Account' button to accept the changes.

    Published: August 14, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: August 14, 2015

  • Apple KYC Validation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Apple Genius Assistance', you must review your Apple ID information within two days. Supposedly, Apple is required by law under 'KYC legislation' to perform an account verification.

    Updated: August 12, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: Last updated: August 10, 2015

  • How Can We Fight Against Disgusting Sick Baby Scams?
    Unfortunately, sick baby scams are still very common on Facebook. What can we do to stop these scams?

    Published: August 7, 2015

  • TRUE - Facebook Allows You to Choose A Custom Gender Option
    Several people have asked me about circulating claims that Facebook users can now specify any gender designation they want on their profile via a custom gender option. Some have suggested that the claim about a custom gender option might be just a hoax. However, the claims are true. There is indeed such an option.

    Published: August 6, 2015

  • Ofcom Spectrum Licensing Malware Emails
    Inboxes are currently being hit by malware emails that falsely claim to be from Ofcom Spectrum Licensing. The emails claim that you should open an attached Microsoft Word file to view 'important documents relating to your Wireless Telegraphy licence or application'.

    Published: August 6, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Updated: August 6, 2015

  • 'iPhone 7 Giveaway' Facebook Like-Farming Scam
    According to an 'iPhone 7' Facebook Page that is currently being promoted across Facebook, you can win one of 100 iPhones just by liking and sharing a Page post and adding a comment specifying which colour phone you would like should you win.

    Published: August 6, 2015

  • '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.

    Updated: August 6, 2015

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Free Large Domino's Pizza' Facebook Post
    According to a post currently being distributed across Facebook, you can get a free Domino's pizza by clicking a link in the message. However, the post is a scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the same fake giveaway message and providing your personal information via dodgy survey websites.

    Published: August 6, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Five Meter Tall Human Skeleton Found at Uluru
    According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, archeologists have unearthed the largest human skeleton ever discovered. Supposedly, the skeleton was found near Uluru in central Australia and was 5.3 meters long. The report also claims that an ancient 'megalithic civilisation' has been discovered at the site.

    Published: August 5, 2015

  • Facebook Releases New Security Checkup Tool
    Facebook has released a new Security Checkup tool that allows you to perform a quick security audit of your account.

    Published: August 5, 2015

  • 'Urgent' Social Media Warning Message Claims That a Video About MAS Flight Contains a Virus
    According to an 'urgent' warning that is circulating rapidly via social media, you should watch out for a video clip that claims to show a Malaysian Airlines aircraft crashing into the sea. The message claims that the video clip contains a virus.

    Published: August 5, 2015

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

    Updated: March 23, 2013

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

    Updated: August 4, 2015

  • Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Survey Scam
    Facebook Page claims that 'for the second time in facebook history' two Chevrolet Camaros are being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to share and like a promotional post, state their desired car colour via a comment, and click a link.

    Updated: August 4, 2015

  • Baby With Mermaid Syndrome - Yet Another Like-Farming Sick Baby Hoax
    Facebook message featuring an image of a child with her legs fused together being attended to by a surgeon claims that Facebook and CNN will pay $20 per like, $50 per comment and $100 per share to help pay the child's medical expenses.

    Updated: August 4, 2015

  • Fake Windows 10 Upgrade Emails Point to Ransomware
    Microsoft is currently rolling out its latest operating system, Windows 10, as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Cybercriminals are capitalising on this news by distributing dangerous ransomware via fake Windows 10 upgrade emails.

    Published: August 4, 2015

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

    Updated: Last updated: August 4, 2015

  • 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: July 31, 2015

  • How to Avoid Getting Ripped-Off via Pre-Paid Debit Card Phone Scams
    In recent months, reloadable debit card phone scams have become more and more common, especially in the United States.

    Published: July 30, 2015

  • Google Award Advance Fee Scam
    According to this email, you have won the sum of £750,000 in a Google Award. The message claims that your email address was randomly chosen as the winning entry via an 'online email balloting' supposedly designed to ensure that Google remains the most popular search engine.

    Published: July 30, 2015

  • AIDS From Contaminated Take Away Food Warning
    Message claims that a ten-year-old boy was diagnosed with AIDS after eating take-away food contaminated with blood from a cook who already had the illness.

    Published: July 30, 2015

  • Are You Seeing Fewer Fake-News Stories on Facebook?
    In January 2015 , Facebook rolled out an update designed to reduce the number of fake-news articles that showed up on user news feeds. At the time, I was not sure how effective the changes would turn out to be. But, in fact, they do seem to have significantly reduced the amount of fake news stories that circulate on Facebook.

    Published: 30, 2015

  • Circulating 'Fallen Angel' Image Depicts a Sculpture, Not a Real Angel
    A 'breaking news' message currently circulating via social media claims that a real life angel has fallen from the sky in London. The message features an image depicting a rather elderly winged angel prone on the ground surrounded by netting.

    Published: July 29, 2015

  • 'Voice Message Attached' Malware Emails
    Inboxes are currently being hit by emails claiming to contain an attached voice message. The attachments do not contain a voice message. Instead, they contain malware.

    Published: July 29, 2015

  • Challenging Tech Support Scammers
    At least once a week I receive a call from a tech-support scammer. Lately I've been challenging these scammers when they call and trying to engage them in conversation. This can be quite interesting.

    Published: July 29, 2015

  • UNFOUNDED - 'Kinder Joy Contains Wax Coating That Can Cause Cancer'
    Circulating warning claims that children's chocolate treat, Kinder Joy contains a wax coating that can cause cancer. It further claims that Styrofoam containers also have a wax coating.

    Updated: July 27, 2015

  • Jetstar '11th Birthday First Class Flights Giveaway' Facebook Scam
    This Facebook post, which comes from a Page that claims to be associated with Australian airline, Jetstar, is supposedly offering the chance to win first class flights plus $10,000 spending money to users who like, share, and comment.

    Published: July 27, 2015

  • Six Genuine Images That Are Often Mistaken For Hoaxes
    Here we list six circulating stories that feature real images that are often prematurely dismissed as fake.

    Published: Last updated: July 25, 2015

  • 'Know Who Viewed Your Profile' Facebook Scam
    For years, Facebook users have been plagued by scam messages claiming that they can find out who has been viewing their profiles.

    Updated: July 27, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Man Found With 30 Cow Eyeballs in Anus
    According to a report that is currently circulating the interwebs at speed, police who pulled over a motorist in Wyoming discovered that the man had 30 cow eyeballs inserted in his anal cavity.

    Published: July 27, 2015

  • Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message - 'Visit The New Facebook' Links
    Message warns users that have a Page on Facebook to watch out for links with the words 'Visit The New Facebook' because following such links will allow a hacker to steal their information.

    Published: July 25, 2015

  • MBNA 'Unauthorized Payment Attempts' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Online Card Services' at credit card provider MBNA, access to your card account has been limited to protect you against further unauthorized payment attempts. The email instructs you to 'download' and complete an attached form to remove the limits placed on the account.

    Published: July 25, 2015

  • Four Ways That Fake-News Sites Trick People Into Believing and Sharing
    Many fake-news websites have appeared online in recent years. And more seem to be springing up all the time. Between them, they manage to churn out a seemingly endless stream of drivelling nonsense, at least some of which gets shared far and wide via social media. So how do such sites trick people into believing and sharing their nonsensical stories?

    Published: July 24, 2015

  • Phishing Scam - 'Account Reported for Annoying and Insulting Facebook Users'
    Message claiming to be from "Security The Facebook Team" warns recipients that their account has been reported for violating Facebook policies. Users are told that they must click a link to reconfirm their account within12 hours or the account will be disabled.

    Updated: July 22, 2015

  • Delixi Consults 'Payment Assistant' Job Offer Scam
    According to this email, a Chinese based company called 'Delixi Consults' would like to hire you as a payment assistant. Your job tasks, claims the message, would involve collecting customer checks and money orders, processing them via your bank account, and wiring the proceeds back to Delixi Consults via international money transfer.

    Published: July 22, 2015

  • False Claim - Colour of Squares on Tubes Denotes Chemical Content
    Circulating message claims that consumers can tell the chemical makeup of tube contents just by checking the colour of a small square at the bottom of the packaging.

    Updated: July 22, 2015

  • Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.

    Published: July 22, 2015

  • 'Exceptive Deduction for You' Malware Email
    According to this 'trade announcement' email, the sending company is going out of business and, as one of the company's ' best frequenters' you can take advantage of a final 70% off sale. The message urges you to open an attached file to view a priceless and access an 'identificational number' that you can produce to get your discount.

    Published: July 21, 2015

  • Mexican Largest Flower in the World Photo - 'Blooms Once Every Forty Years'
    Circulating message claims that an attached photograph shows a flower in Mexico that is the largest in the world and only blooms once every forty years for four days.

    Updated: July 21, 2015

  • 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For
    Facebook is a perfect venue for scammers to distribute their malicious messages and find new victims. Here are five current Facebook scams to watch out for.

    Updated: July 20, 2015

  • Nonsensical Fake-News Story Claims McDonald's Nuggets made from Aborted Fetuses
    According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, a McDonald's store in Alabama has been closed after health inspectors found a large collection of aborted fetuses and assorted body parts in rooms underneath the building. The report claims that the owners of the franchise were making their own 'chicken' nuggets out of the aborted fetuses.

    Published: July 20, 2015

  • Beware of Fake Facebook 'Prize' Pages That Claim to Belong to High-Profile Entertainers
    A scammer tactic that has become more common over the last year or so is to create fake Facebook Fan Pages that claim to be associated with various popular entertainers.

    Updated: July 19, 2015

  • How to Respond to Hoax Messages
    How do you respond if you see a social media post or email that you know is a hoax?

    Updated: July 17, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Facebook Set To Ban Religious Posts
    According to a circulating report, Facebook is set to implement new rules that will ban users from posting material that is in any way related to religion.

    Updated: July 17, 2015

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

    Updated: July 17, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: July 16, 2015

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    Updated: July 9, 2015

  • Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
    Message warns that simply accepting an email from a sender called Simon Ashton will allow him to hack your email account as well as the accounts of others on your email contact list

    Published: July 16, 2015

  • Don't Get Caught! Fake Tiffany & Co. Facebook Page Promises Prizes for Liking and Sharing
    This Facebook Page supposedly belongs to famous jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. The Page claims that you can win fabulous prizes such as a £20,000 diamond ring, a Range Rover, and a £5000 spending spree just by liking and sharing.

    Published: July 16, 2015

  • Six Old Internet Hoaxes That Are Once Again Circulating
    Here we list six tired old hoaxes that are once again circulating the Internet at speed.

    Published: Last updated: July 15, 2015

  • 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: July 15, 2015

  • 'Cloud Monster' Image
    A rather eerie image that supposedly depicts a strange 'cloud monster ' hovering above hills beside a highway is currently circulating the Internet.

    Updated: July 15, 2015

  • 'Your Company's Debit' Excel Macro Malware
    According to this email, your company has a debit of $35,000. Supposedly, the unidentified sender has 'made all the necessary calculations' and included the information in an attached Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

    Published: July 15, 2015

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

    Published: July 15, 2015

  • Current Top Five Fake-News Stories
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    Updated: July 14, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: July 14, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Pastor Sentenced to Prison for Refusing to Marry Gay Couples'
    According to several circulating reports, a Christian Pastor in Proctor, Vermont has been sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to marry gay couples.

    Published: July 14, 2015

  • Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error or because nobody was home. The messages instruct recipients to open an attached file or click a link to read more information about the package.

    Updated: July 14, 2015

  • HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

    Updated: July 13, 2015

  • Carnival Cruises 'Goody Bags' Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that, just by sharing and liking, you can win a 'goody bag' containing 5 first class tickets for a Carnival cruise along with $2000 and a Carnival t-shirt.

    Updated: July 13, 2015

  • 'Confirm Your Apple Account' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient needs to click a link to log into his or her Apple account and confirm ownership.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • 'American Airline' Free Tickets Facebook Scam
    Yet another fake airline ticket giveaway Page has appeared on Facebook. This version, which claims to be associated with American Airlines, promises participants free tickets for a two week trip to Bora Bora with $5000 spending money.

    Published: July 9, 2015

  • 'New Photo Was Received' SMS Spam Messages
    Many phone users have reported receiving SMS messages about a supposed 'new photo'. The messages have the text '(1) new photo was received' or similar and include a link using URL shortening service zban.co.

    Published: July 8, 2015

  • Black Muslim in the White House Virus Hoax
    Message warns that an email attachment named 'Black in the White House' contains a damaging computer virus that can destroy the hard drive of the infected computer

    Updated: July 8, 2015

  • Perfume Urban Legend - 'Car Park Criminals Using Ether Disguised as Perfume'
    Circulating messages claim that criminals lurking in parking areas are using drugs disguised as perfume to debilitate and rob victims.

    Updated: July 8, 2015

  • HOAX - 'John Farnham Found Unresponsive At Thailand Hotel'
    According to a fake news story currently circulating vigorously via social media, iconic Australian entertainer John Farnham has been found unresponsive at a Thailand hotel and has been rushed to a hospital.

    Published: July 8, 2015

  • Killer House Plant Warning
    Message claims that an indoor plant that is commonly kept in homes and offices is so poisonous that it can kill a child in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes.

    Updated: July 6, 2015

  • 'Internet Capacity Warning' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which claims to be from the 'Support Department' at 'Information Technology Services', your internet capacity is 70% full and you therefore need to contact support to avoid problems.

    Published: July 6, 2015

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

    Updated: July 4, 2015

  • 5 Current Malware Emails To Watch Out For
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    Updated: July 4, 2015

  • 'Confidential Document' Google Docs Phishing Scam
    Email asks the recipient to click a link to view an important confidential document in Google Docs.

    Updated: Last updated: March 18, 2013

  • 1970 Dodge Charger Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Posts currently being distributed on Facebook claim that you can win a 1970 Dodge Charger just by liking and sharing a post, adding a comment stating what colour car you would like should you win, and liking the Page the post originates from.

    Updated: July 3, 2015

  • AFP 'Traffic Infringement Notice' Ransomware Email
    According to this malware email, which purports to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), you have been issued with a traffic infringement and must pay a fine within 14 days.

    Updated: April 29, 2015

  • Fake-News: '10,000 Signed Petition to Change American Flag to Rainbow Flag'
    According to a report that is currently traversing the interwebs causing angst and consternation is it travels, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition asking that the American flag be changed to the rainbow flag.

    Updated: July 2, 2015

  • 'Government Owes You Money' Phone Scams
    Australian residents have been receiving scam phone calls in which they are told that the government owes them a substantial sum of money, usually several thousand dollars.

    Published: July 1, 2015

  • American Express 'Security Concern' Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which purports to be a notification from American Express, the company needs to speak to you regarding an account security.

    Updated: July 1, 2015

  • Boob Melons Hoax – 'Vietnamese Gourd or Pumpkin' Images
    Circulating message that features a series of images depicting objects shaped like human female breasts claims that the objects are gourds or pumpkins that grow naturally in Vietnam.

    Updated: Last updated: August 2, 2013

  • Mercedes Benz G-Class Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    According to a Facebook Page being heavily promoted across the network, you can win one of two Mercedes Benz G-Class cars just by liking a specified page, liking and sharing a promotional post, and adding a comment specifying which colour car you would like should you win.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • Hoax - 'McDonald's Coffee Contains French Fry Grease'
    According to reports that are currently making their way around the Internet via social media, fast food giant McDonald's has admitted that its coffee contains french fry grease and is putting up signs in its outlets that warn customers about the additive.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • Hoax - 'Pregnant Woman Claims She was Raped By Pig'
    Circulating report claims that one Angie Houston of Texas expects to give birth to a pig after a large boar named 'Pete' raped her.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • 'Tax Inspections Next Week' Malware Emails
    According to this email, which purports to be from a tax advisor, the 'revenue service' is about to organise tax inspections for next week.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: June 29, 2015

  • Water Bottle Car Fire Warning
    Message warns that a water bottle left inside a car on a sunny day could ignite the upholstery and start a fire.

    Updated: June 26, 2015

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

    Updated: Last updated: October 18, 2013

  • Facebook Post - Dog Saves Puppies From House Fire
    Message circulating rapidly via Facebook that features a photograph of a dog bringing her puppies to a fire truck, claims that the dog, named Amanda, saved her puppies from a burning house while firefighters fought the blaze.

    Updated: June 24, 2015

  • Delta Airlines 'Trip of a Lifetime' Like-Farming Scam
    According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, Delta Airlines wants to 'award its fans with a trip of a lifetime'.

    Published: June 24, 2015

  • Fake-News Story Claims Boy Raised by Kangaroos
    According to this report, which is circulating vigorously via social media, Australian authorities have discovered a feral boy living with a group of kangaroos near Broken Hill in far western New South Wales.

    Published: June 24, 2015

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    Updated: Last updated: June 10, 2015

  • Virgin Airways 'Complimentary First Class Flights' Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook Page that is supposedly associated with airline Virgin Australia claims that you can win complimentary first class flights to any destination of your choice by liking and sharing a post and clicking a link.

    Published: June 23, 2015

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

    Updated: June 23, 2015

  • Facebook Team Security Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'
    Message purporting to be a warning from 'Facebook Security' or the 'Facebook Team' claims that recipients must click a link and confirm their details or their Facebook account will be closed permanently.

    Updated: June 23, 2015

  • Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.

    Published: June 22, 2015

  • HM Revenue & Customs Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK tax agency, HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient can submit a tax refund request by clicking a link in the message.

    Updated: June 19, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: June 19, 2015

  • Rottnest Island (Or Galveston) Great White Shark Hoax
    Message claims that attached photographs show a Great White Shark caught near Rottnest Island in Western Australia by the fishing vessel, 'Pirate'. Another version, which features one of the same shark photographs, claims that the shark was caught off the coast of Galveston, in the United States.

    Updated: June 19, 2015

  • K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax
    Message claims that an attached photograph depicts Brutus, a military K9 that won the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving soldiers in Iraq

    Updated: June 18, 2015

  • Nibbles and Bytes: Using Gmail To Backup All of Your Email
    You back up all of your data, including email, regularly and religiously right? Of course you do. But here’s a free and easy way to add an extra level of backup security, at least for email.

    Updated: June 18, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'FDA Find Coors Light Beers Laced With Cocaine'
    Report being shared via social media claims that the FDA has discovered that thousands of Coors Light beers across the US have been laced with cocaine.

    Updated: June 18, 2015

  • 'Currency Rate Change' Malware Email
    This email supposedly contains information about an upcoming change in currency rates between US dollars and euros. It suggests that you open an attached file to review a document with more details about the exchange rate change.

    Published: June 18, 2015

  • Nibbles and Bytes: Spam? Delete, Delete, Delete!
    These days, when it comes to dealing with spam, I rely exclusively on a wonderful little spam management tool that is completely free and available on every computer system.

    Published: June 17, 2015

  • PayPal 'Account Access Limited' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that your account has been limited because PayPal needs more information to help confirm your identity.

    Updated: June 16, 2015

  • Social Media Rumours Claim that Rue McClanahan Has Just Died, But the Star Died in 2010
    RIP messages currently being shared via social media mourn the passing of actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux in the popular 1980's television series Golden Girls. But, the messages represent a rather bizarre twist on the typical celebrity death hoaxes that regularly traverse the Interwebs. In fact, Rue McClanahan died back in 2010, aged 76.

    Published: June 16, 2015

  • Kroger 'Free Coupons' Survey Scam
    Message being distributed across Facebook claims that users can receive free coupons from American retailer Kroger just by sharing a message and visiting a third party website to claim their prize.

    Published: June 16, 2015

  • 'Blue Tiger' Picture on Facebook
    Circulating picture depicting a blue coloured tiger is described as a "semi-hypothetical coloration morph of a tiger" known as a Maltese or blue tiger.

    Updated: June 16, 2015

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

    Updated: June 15, 2015

  • Disney Still A Favourite Target for Facebook Scammers
    Perhaps because it is such a high-profile entity and is known all around the world, Disney tends to be a favourite target for Facebook scammers.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • Facebook 'Who is Your Soulmate' Warning Message
    Yet another breathless ALL CAPS 'security' warning has been let loose on Facebook and is going viral across the network.

    Published: June 15, 2015

  • 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'.

    Updated: Last updated: June 11, 2015

  • Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
    Message claims that a woman died after catching Leptospirosis from dried rat urine on the lid of a soda can.

    Updated: June 11, 2015

  • 'Here's the Link HeHe' Facebook Phishing Scam Messages
    Facebook timelines are currently being hit by scam messages designed to trick users into clicking a phishing link.

    Published: June 11, 2015

  • 'Forbidden Content' Facebook Phishing Scam
    According to this message, which appears to come from 'Content Reviews' at Facebook, forbidden content and suspicious activity has been discovered in your Facebook account.

    Published: June 11, 2015

  • Misleading Warning Claims You Can Expose Facebook Hackers by Looking in Active Sessions
    According to a 'warning' message currently circulating on Facebook, you can see how many people are currently hacked into your Facebook account by examining Active Sessions in your account's security settings. The message explains how to access Active Sessions and advises you to kick the listed 'hackers' off your account.

    Updated: June 11, 2015

  • Burned Texas Boy Prayers For Shares Hoax
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that you can offer prayers to help a badly burned Texas boy just by liking and sharing his picture.

    Updated: June 10, 2015

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  • 'Never Ever Drink Coca' Video Survey Scam
    According to a message being distributed on Facebook, you will never drink 'Coca' again after you have clicked on the message and watched leaked video footage.

    Published: June 10, 2015

  • Microsoft, Yahoo, Google Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery draw organized by Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.

    Updated: June 10, 2015

  • Bogus Health Warning - Scratch Card 'Silver Nitro Oxide' Coating Causes Skin Cancer
    Message warns people not to use fingernails to scratch off the coating on scratch tickets because the coating contains a substance called 'Silver Nitro oxide' that can cause skin cancer.

    Updated: June 10, 2015

  • '22 Foot 2500 Pound' Crocodile Photo
    Circulating photograph purportedly shows a 22 foot, 2500 pound crocodile killed near a village on Africa's Niger River.

    Updated: June 9, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims That Body Of Homeless Man Was Bob Marley
    Circulating report claims that when Jamaican authorities conducted DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found behind a fast food restaurant, they discovered that the man was actually reggae star Bob Marley.

    Published: June 9, 2015

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

    Updated: June 8, 2015

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    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Survey Scam
    Facebook Page claims that 'for the second time in facebook history' two Chevrolet Camaros are being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to share and like a promotional post, state their desired car colour via a comment, and click a link.

    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Facebook Scammers Hijack News of Alton Towers Roller Coaster Accident
    A scam post promising video footage of a roller coaster accident at Alton Towers is currently appearing on Facebook.

    Published: June 8, 2015

  • 'Invoice Number' Malware Emails
    When it comes to dirty tricks on the Internet, sometimes even the most simple can be effective. Take this current malware campaign for example.

    Published: June 8, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Apple KYC Validation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Apple Genius Assistance', you must review your Apple ID information within two days. Supposedly, Apple is required by law under 'KYC legislation' to perform an account verification.

    Updated: June 6, 2015

  • 'WhatsApp in Blue' Survey Scam
    According to a message being distributed via cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, you can update to a cool blue version of WhatsApp by following a link in the message.

    Published: June 5, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: - '600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at a hospital in Perth, Western Australia. The report features photographs of the woman and baby.

    Updated: June 5, 2015

  • 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 June 30 and July 6, 2015 due to a solar storm.

    Updated: June 4, 2015

  • Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages or Sexual Content In Your Name
    'Hacker' alert messages circulating on Facebook claim that, without your knowledge, hackers are posting insulting or sexual messages that appear to come from you onto your Facebook Timeline.

    Published: June 3, 2015

  • Giant Girl with Teacher Image
    This image, which circulates via social media and email, and has also been posted to numerous blogs and forums, depicts an amazingly tall young lass standing beside an older man usually identified as her teacher.

    Published: June 2, 2015

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

    Updated: June 2, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Updated: June 1, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Costco to Sell Marijuana in Bulk
    According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media messages and blog posts, wholesale giant Costco is set to sell marijuana in bulk from its Washington based stores.

    Published: 1, 2015

  • Google 'Email Electronics Sweepstakes' Advance Fee Scam
    According to this 'official notification' message that claims to be from Google UK, you have won £950,000 in the 'Email Electronics Sweepstakes', a lottery organized by Google in conjunction with the 'Foundation for the Promotion of Software Products'.

    Published: June 1, 2015

  • UNFOUNDED - 'Kinder Joy Contains Wax Coating That Can Cause Cancer'
    Circulating warning claims that children's chocolate treat, Kinder Joy contains a wax coating that can cause cancer. It further claims that Styrofoam containers also have a wax coating.

    Updated: May 31, 2015

  • HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

    Updated: March 2, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Refer to Documents via Dropbox App'
    This email requests that you click a link to refer to 'urgent and highly confidential' documents using the Dropbox app.

    Updated: May 30, 2015

  • Hoax: Picture of Shark Swimming in Flooded Street After Hurricane Irene
    Message claims that an attached image depicts a shark swimming down a flooded street in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of August 2011's Hurricane Irene.

    Updated: May 27, 2015

  • Dangerous Hoax - 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'
    Circulating health "tip" claims that pricking the fingers and earlobes of a stroke victim with a needle to release blood can save the victim's life and lead to a full and rapid recovery.

    Updated: May 26, 2015

  • 'Tesco Game' £500 Voucher Giveaway Facebook Scam
    According to a Facebook Page that calls itself 'Tesco Game' and features the Tesco logo, you can win a £500 Tesco voucher just by sharing a post from the Page.

    Published: May 26, 2015

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

    Updated: May 25, 2015

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    Published: Last updated: May 25, 2015

  • Spurious First Aid Advice - Flour For Treatment of Burns
    Widely circulated message recommends covering burns with plain flour as a first aid treatment and claims that the "miraculous" remedy will stop the burn from blistering.

    Updated: May 25, 2015

  • Scammers Use Names of Lottery Winners Richard and Angela Maxwell
    According to this message, your email address has been randomly selected to receive a cash donation of 1 million British pounds courtesy of EuroMillions lottery winners Richard and Angela Maxwell.

    Published: May 25, 2015

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

    Updated: May 25, 2015

  • Carnival Cruises 'Goody Bags' Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that, just by sharing and liking, you can win a 'goody bag' containing 5 first class tickets for a Carnival cruise along with $2000 and a Carnival t-shirt.

    Published: May 25, 2015

  • 'Attempts to Export Opengraph File' Facebook Phishing Scam
    According to this supposed security warning, which purports to be from Facebook, you have made several attempts to export your opengraph file using an unauthorised application. The message claims that these attempts were made from a location in China.

    Published: May 25, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'FDA Approves Tranquilizing Darts for Children'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that America's FDA has approved the release of anaesthetic dart guns designed to calm children with ADHD.

    Published: May 21, 2015

  • American Express 'Request to Change Phone Number' Phishing Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from American Express, the company has recently received a request to change the phone number listed on your account.

    Published: May 21, 2015

  • 'Know Who Viewed Your Profile' Facebook Scam
    For years, Facebook users have been plagued by scam messages claiming that they can find out who has been viewing their profiles.

    Updated: March 10, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Skittles Laced With Cocaine
    According to a report that is currently making its way around the Internet, the FDA has discovered that the popular confectionary Skittles is laced with cocaine.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Bill Gates High School Speech - 11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School
    Email claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

    Updated: May 20, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a 4 Page Fax' Malware Email
    This email, which claims to have been sent by cloud-based fax service eFax Corporate, advises you that you have received a 4-page fax.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?
    Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

    Updated: May 20, 2015

  • Jackie Chan Falls Victim to yet Another Death Hoax
    According to posts currently spreading rapidly via social media, much loved actor Jackie Chan has died. But, Jackie is alive and well.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Shark Behind Scuba Divers Photo Hoax
    Email claims that an attached image showing a large shark very close behind a scuba-diving couple is a real photograph taken during a family holiday in Australia

    Updated: May 19, 2015

  • PayPal 'Payment Made Without Permission' Phishing Email
    This email claims that PayPal is investigating a payment reversal. Supposedly, a payment you received was made without the account holder's permission or was the result of a transaction error.

    Published: May 19, 2015

  • Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error or because nobody was home. The messages instruct recipients to open an attached file or click a link to read more information about the package.

    Updated: May 19, 2015

  • Current Top Five Fake-News Stories
    These days, fake-news 'satire' websites such as National Report, Huzlers and World News Daily Report are responsible for a hefty percentage of the nonsense that plagues our social media feeds and inboxes. Here we list five of the most commonly distributed fake-news stories of the moment.

    Published: May 19, 2015

  • FTC 'Consumer Complaint Notification' Malware Email
    This email claims to be an official complaint notification from America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

    Published: May 19, 2015

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

    Updated: May 18, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Updated: April 7, 2015

  • NatWest 'Account Has Been Blocked' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which claims to be from UK bank NatWest, access to your NatWest account has been blocked because of unusual login activity.

    Published: May 18, 2015

  • '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.

    Updated: May 18, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Mosque to Have Speakers That Can be Heard 15 Miles Away'
    Report circulating via social media claims that a new mosque to be built in Birmingham UK will have a speaker system that can be heard 15 miles away, and will broadcast calls to prayer 5 times per day.

    Published: May 18, 2015

  • Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message - 'Visit The New Facebook' Links
    Message warns users that have a Page on Facebook to watch out for links with the words 'Visit The New Facebook' because following such links will allow a hacker to steal their information.

    Updated: May 18, 2015

  • Facebook Money For Likes Hoax - Baby With Many Cuts on Face
    Facebook message featuring a picture of a baby with many cuts on his face claims that the baby has cancer and that Facebook will donate money to help him each time a user likes, shares, or comments on the picture.

    Updated: May 16, 2015

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

    Updated: May 15, 2015

  • WhatsApp 'You Just Got an Audio Recording' Malware
    According to this email, which purports to be from messaging service WhatsApp, you have received an audio recording.

    Published: May 15, 2015

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

    Updated: May 15, 2015

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

    Updated: May 14, 2015

  • 'Cloud Monster' Image
    A rather eerie image that supposedly depicts a strange 'cloud monster ' hovering above hills beside a highway is currently circulating the Internet.

    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Fiserve 'Secure Message' Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from financial services provider Fiserve, claims that you have received a secure message.

    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Viral Image Depicts Woman Holding Gun to A Baby's Head
    A widely circulated Internet message asks users to share an image depicting a young woman holding a gun to a baby's head in the hope that the woman can be identified.

    Updated: May 14, 2015

  • Cheeseburger Oreos Anyone?
    An image currently circulating via social media has some hard-core Oreos fan salivating with excitement while others shudder with revulsion (not really).

    Published: May 14, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • Disney Still A Favourite Target for Facebook Scammers
    Perhaps because it is such a high-profile entity and is known all around the world, Disney tends to be a favourite target for Facebook scammers.

    Published: May 13, 2015

  • Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • 'Never Eat Snickers' Facebook Survey Scam
    According to a post being distributed on Facebook, you will never eat Snickers chocolate bars again after clicking a link to see 'leaked video footage'.

    Published: May 13, 2015

  • In My Opinion, Most Scam Victims are Naive, Not Stupid
    When I publish an article about a phishing, advance fee, or job scam, I often receive comments along the lines of 'If anyone is stupid enough to fall for that, they deserve to be ripped off!' Personally, I think that attitude is too harsh and is certainly not an accurate reflection of the average victim's intellect.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

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

    Updated: July 18, 2014

  • Fake-News: 'Walmart Shoplifter Arrested With Groceries in Vagina'
    Circulating report claims that a woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart store in Pennsylvania after police discovered she had hidden $100 worth of groceries in her vagina.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Share Image to Remove Pin from Baby'
    According to this post you can help pay for an operation to remove a safety pin from inside a baby by sharing the baby's image via messaging service WhatsApp.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • 'Verify Bank Transfer' Malware Email
    According to this email, the sender received a bank transfer from you and needs you to verify that the money was deposited correctly.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • Canada Revenue Agency Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Emails, purportedly from the Canada Revenue Agency, claim that recipients can claim a tax refund by filling in an online form.

    Updated: May 12, 2015

  • Tick Removal Advice - Liquid Soap Technique
    Message advises that the best way to remove a tick is to cover it with liquid soap and wait for it to detach itself.

    Updated: May 11, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: May 11, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 13, 2015

  • Beware of Fake Facebook 'Prize' Pages That Claim to Belong to High-Profile Entertainers
    A scammer tactic that has become more common over the last year or so is to create fake Facebook Fan Pages that claim to be associated with various popular entertainers.

    Published: May 7, 2015

  • Does Drinking Water at Certain Times Of The Day Maximize Its Health Benefits?
    Message purporting to be from a cardiac specialist claims that drinking water at specified times of the day can help activate organs, aid digestion, lower blood pressure and stop people from suffering strokes or heart attacks.

    Updated: May 7, 2015

  • 4 Ways to Avoid Having Your Identity Stolen on Facebook
    The possibility of having your identity stolen on the Internet is an ever present threat, and one with potentially devastating consequences.

    Published: May 7, 2015

  • Facebook 'Shocking Video' Scam - 'See What Happens to this Pregnant Lady'
    According to a post currently appearing on Facebook, you can click to see what happens to a pregnant lady at the beach, a viewing that it promises will make your jaw drop.

    Published: May 6, 2015

  • Bogus Resume Emails Contain Ransomware
    These seemingly innocent emails, which appear to include an attached resume from a jobseeker, actually harbour a sinister payload.

    Published: May 6, 2015

  • Facebook Hoax - 'Send Message to Twenty People to Stay Active'
    According to this message, which purports to be from 'the Facebook Company', you must send the same message on to twenty people to 'stay active'. The message warns that your account will be disconnected if you do not send the message as instructed.

    Updated: May 6, 2015

  • Hoax - ATM Security Advice Message : 'Enter PIN In Reverse to Call Police'
    Message claims that if you are forced by robbers to withdraw money from an ATM, you can secretly alert police by entering your PIN in reverse.

    Updated: May 6, 2015

  • Warning - Grapes and Raisins Toxic to Dogs And Cats
    Circulating message warns that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats.

    Updated: May 5, 2015

  • HM Courts 'Copy of Claim Passed for Consideration' Malware Emails
    Fraudulent emails purporting to be from the UK's HM Courts & Tribunals Service are currently hitting inboxes.

    Published: May 5, 2015

  • Apple KYC Validation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Apple Genius Assistance', you must review your Apple ID information within two days. Supposedly, Apple is required by law under 'KYC legislation' to perform an account verification.

    Published: May 4, 2015

  • No, Taco Bell Has Not Been Serving Human Body Parts
    According to what appears to be a news post that is being distributed via social media, US fast-food chain Taco Bell is being shut down because test results have revealed that the company has been serving human meat to customers.

    Published:May 4, 2015

  • SURVEY SCAM - '$200 Home Depot Coupon Giveaway'
    According to a message currently being distributed on Facebook, US based retailer The Home Depot is giving away coupons worth $200 each.

    Published: May 4, 2015

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

    Updated: May 4, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Chemical Laced $100 Bills Placed on Cars to Kidnap Drivers'
    Circulating message claims that criminals are placing $100 bills laced with a debilitating chemical on cars as a means of making drivers who touch the note pass out so that they can be kidnapped or assaulted.

    Updated: May 3, 2015

  • Six Phone Scams You Really Need to Know About
    Phone based scamming is on the rise. Phone scammers use many cover stories to trick people into sending them money and personal information. Here we discuss six methods that phone scammers are currently using.

    Updated: May 3, 2015

  • The Faded Gingham Dress - Stanford University Origin Legend
    Message tells the story of a seemingly backwoods couple in threadbare clothes who, after being rudely rebuffed by the President of Harvard University when they offered to donate a building in honour of their dead son, subsequently established Stanford University at Palo Alto, California.

    Updated: May 1, 2015

  • The Case Against 'Just in Case'
    If you tend to be the hoax and scam debunker among your social media friends, chances are you've come across the rather lame 'just in case' justification more than once.

    Published: May 1, 2015

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

    Updated: April 30, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Remains of Nazi Found in Giant Catfish'
    According to a 'news' story that has been traversing the interwebs since early April 2015, Polish fisherman have found the remains of a Nazi officer inside a massive catfish caught in the Oder River.

    Published: April 30, 2015

  • American Express 'Security Concern' Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which purports to be a notification from American Express, the company needs to speak to you regarding an account security concern.

    Published: April 30, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 29, 2015

  • Facebook Cloning Explained
    Facebook cloning describes a technique in which scammers create a fake Facebook profile by using images and other information stolen from a targeted user's real Facebook profile.

    Published: April 29, 2015

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

    Updated: April 29, 2015

  • Beware of Scams That Exploit the Nepal Earthquake Disaster
    Cybercriminals love major disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and air crashes. Such disasters give them the perfect opportunity to exploit the concern and sympathy of Internet users around the world. The earthquake disaster in Nepal will likely be no exception.

    Published: April 29, 2015

  • AFP 'Traffic Infringement Notice' Ransomware Email
    According to this malware email, which purports to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), you have been issued with a traffic infringement and must pay a fine within 14 days.

    Published: April 29, 2015

  • Lauren and the *677 Police Dispatch Cell Phone Number
    Circulating message describes how a young woman named Lauren avoided being raped by a police impostor in an unmarked car by dialling *677 on her cell phone.

    Updated: April 27, 2015

  • Warning Claims ALDI Beef Products Contain 100% Horsemeat
    'Breaking News' story claims that ALDI USA has confirmed that their 'beef' products contain 100% horsemeat.

    Updated: April 27, 2015

  • 'Your Facebook Login is Removed' Malware Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from Facebook, your Facebook login has been removed.

    Published: April 27, 2015

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

    Updated: April 27, 2015

  • Fake-News Story Claims AriZona Tea Contains Human Urine
    According to a circulating 'news' report, America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently investigated popular US beverage maker AriZona Tea and discovered that human urine is used as an active ingredient in the company's products.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Sydney Airport Hotel Reservation Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from the Reservations Department at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, claims that you have three rooms booked for tomorrow night.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Gas Saving Tips - Are They Really Saving You Anything?
    An email forward that started in 2007 has made the jump to Facebook, added a new bit, and is still as wrong as it ever was.

    Updated: April 24, 2015

  • Scam Facebook Page - 'Facebook International Lottery Program'
    The purpose of the so-called 'Facebook International Lottery Program' Page is to make the claims made in advance fee scam messages appear more legitimate.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Were Cages Placed Over Graves in Victorian Times to Trap the Undead?
    Circulating message that features an image depicting a grave covered by a sturdy iron cage claims that the cages were used in Victorian times to keep vampires and zombies from escaping should they rise from the dead.

    updated: April 23, 2015

  • Misleading Warning Claims You Can Expose Facebook Hackers by Looking in Active Sessions
    According to a 'warning' message currently circulating on Facebook, you can see how many people are currently hacked into your Facebook account by examining Active Sessions in your account's security settings

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • Don't Worry! Beanie Babies are NOT Hatching Spiders
    Circulating report claims that Beanie Baby stuffed toys made in the 90's were filled with spider eggs and that these eggs are finally hatching their horde of baby brown recluse spiders.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • HSBC 'Payment Advice' Malware Email
    This malware email purports to be a payment advice from Global Payments and Cash Management at HSBC.

    Published: April 23, 2015

  • 'Toasted Skin Syndrome' From Laptop Warning
    Health warning circulating in the form of a graphic claims that using a laptop computer across your legs can cause a heat related condition known as 'toasted skin syndrome' that may lead to skin cancer.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • Jeremy Clarkson is NOT Dead - Clarkson Targeted in Nasty Death Prank Message
    According to a 'BBC Breaking News' post being distributed via social media, ex Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been found dead in his Oxfordshire home.

    Published: April 23, 2015

  • Facebook Event Scams Promise Free Southwest Airlines Tickets
    A number of Facebook Event pages that claim to be associated with US based Southwest Airlines are currently being promoted across the network.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • Scan From Xerox WorkCentre Pro Malware Emails
    Malware emails that claim that an attached document 'was scanned and sent to you using a Xerox WorkCentre Pro' are currently hitting Inboxes.

    Published: April 22, 2015

  • Nicotine in Tim Hortons Coffee Hoax
    Message claims that Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Hortons, adds nicotine to its coffee and that patrons have suffered serious health problems as a result.

    Updated: April 22, 2015:

  • 'Baby Born With Heart Outside Body' Sick Baby Hoax
    According to a post currently circulating via Facebook, you can help a baby born with his heart outside his body just by sharing his image. Supposedly, Facebook has decided to donate $1 to help the child each time the post is shared on the network.

    Published: April 22, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Retired CIA Agent Confesses to Killing Marilyn Monroe'
    Circulating report claims that a retired CIA agent on his deathbed has confessed to assassinating Marilyn Monroe and a number of other people on orders from the American Government.

    Published: April 22, 2015

  • How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax
    Message claims heart doctors recommend that recipients learn 'Cough CPR', a procedure that involves vigorous coughing as a potential means of surviving a heart attack when alone.

    Updated: April 21, 2015

  • Tesco Bank 'Changes to Interest Rate' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which has the subject line 'Tesco Bank Changes to Interest rate', you can view the latest interest rate news and changes from Tesco Bank by opening an attached file.

    Published: April 21, 2015

  • Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
    Circulating message questions the mystery of a modern astronaut figure carved onto the wall of a centuries old cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.

    Updated: April 21, 2015

  • 1970 Dodge Charger Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Posts currently being distributed on Facebook claim that you can win a 1970 Dodge Charger just by liking and sharing a post, adding a comment stating what colour car you would like should you win, and liking the Page the post originates from.

    Published: April 21, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 21, 2015

  • Fake News - 'California Bans All .45 ACP Ammunition'
    According to a report that is currently circulating the Interwebs at speed, California has just implemented a state-wide ban on the sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammunition.

    Published: April 20, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 20, 2015

  • Elephant Encounter Story - Not the Same Elephant
    Circulating message tells the tale of a man who, twenty years after helped a young wild elephant with a sore foot, believes that he has encountered the same elephant, a belief that ends in tragedy.

    Updated: April 20, 2015

  • Scam Facebook Event Uses Free Delta Airline Tickets As Bait
    According to a 'Fly Delta' Facebook Event that is currently being promoted across the network, you can get two free Delta airline tickets by joining the event, inviting 300 people, adding a comment, and clicking a 'Find Tickets' link.

    Published: April 20, 2015

  • Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
    Message claims that an attached image depicting Europe and Africa from space when the sun is setting is a photograph taken on the last mission of doomed space shuttle Columbia.

    Updated: April 19, 2015

  • Circulated Warning Claims That Superheated Water In Microwave Can Explode
    Message claims that a cup of water boiled in a microwave oven can "blow up" and cause injury.

    Updated: April 17, 2015

  • 'New Unknown Species' Facebook Video Survey Scam
    Post being shared on Facebook claims that a new unknown species has been discovered in Africa and invites you to click an image of the creature to see video footage.

    Published: April 17, 2015

  • Rejected Electronic Payments Association Bill Transfer Malware Email
    According to this email, the Electronic Payments Association rejected a Bill Pay transfer from your online banking account.

    Published: April 17, 2015

  • Urban Legend - Car-Jacking Scheme Warning - Paper on Rear Window
    Message warns of a new car-jacking scheme in which paper is placed on the back window of parked cars as a ruse to get a driver to leave his or her vehicle so that the thieves can easily steal it.

    Updated: April 17, 2015

  • Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning
    Circulating health message warns recipients not to eat shrimp or prawns while taking vitamin C because it can cause a chemical reaction that can lead to sudden death by arsenic poisoning.

    Updated: April 16, 2015

  • Microsoft Easter Promotion Lottery Scam
    According to this message, your email address has emerged as a winner of the Microsoft Easter Promotion and you have therefore been awarded a cash prize of £950,000.

    Published: April 16, 2015

  • Cancer Info From Johns Hopkins Hoax Email
    Emailed collection of cancer related tips and information claims to originate from world-renowned medical research facility, Johns Hopkins.

    Updated: April 16, 2015

  • Virgin Australia eTicket Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from Virgin Australia, simply thanks you for choosing to travel with the airline.

    Published: April 16, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM: 'Wat are u Doing in This Video' Facebook Message
    Facebook personal message claims that the sender has seen you in an online video and suggests that you go to a website and skip to a specified place in the video to see yourself.

    Updated: April 16, 2015

  • 5 Current Malware Emails To Watch Out For
    Here are five of the most common malware emails currently hitting inboxes.

    Updated: April 15, 2015

  • Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax
    Message warns that a free key holder being handed out at petrol stations contains a hidden device that is being used by criminals to track the movements of potential victims.

    Updated: April 15, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 15, 2015

  • Martin Lawrence is NOT Dead
    Posts claiming that US comedian and actor Martin Lawrence has died are circulating vigorously via social media.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Fake Vodafone Bill Emails Contain Malware
    Inboxes are currently being hammered by 'bill' emails purporting to be from mobile phone service provider Vodafone.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Did a Total Stranger REALLY Leave You $17 Million in His Will?
    If you've been using the Internet for any length of time, chances are you've received emails pretty similar to the example I've discussed in this article.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Bogus 'ISGEC Heavy Engineering' Invoice and Payment Slip Email Contains Malware
    This email, which was supposedly sent by the accounts department at ISGEC Heavy Engineering, claims that you can review a Proforma Invoice for a recent purchase by opening an attached file.

    Published: April 14, 2015

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

    Updated: April 14, 2015

  • Disney World '50th Year Anniversary Ticket Giveaway' Facebook Scam
    Supposedly, a 'Disney World' Facebook Page that is being heavily promoted across the network is giving users a chance to win 5 tickets for a 7 day Disney World vacation with 5 star accommodation, park passes, and $2000 cash.

    Published: April 14, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 14, 2015

  • Seven Classic Email Hoaxes Of Days Gone By
    Here we revisit seven classic email hoaxes that got forwarded around the planet and back again multiple times.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • 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

    Updated: April 13, 2015

  • Microsoft Outlook 'Discontinue Support' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from the 'Outlook.com Team', on 11 May, 2015, Microsoft Outlook will 'discontinue support on your account and security'.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • Don't Panic! Nutella is NOT Going to be Discontinued
    According to a message that is currently circulating the Interwebs, much loved hazelnut chocolate spread, Nutella will be discontinued by the end of 2015.

    Published: April 13, 2015

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

    Updated: April 13, 2015

  • ANZ 'Manditory Account Verification' Phishing Scam
    According to this 'online alert' email, which purports to be from the ANZ bank, a manditory (sic) account verification is underway and you are required to help perform this check by clicking a link and signing into your account.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • Willie Nelson is NOT Dead
    'News' report claims that legendary country music star Willie Nelson has been found dead at his Maui home. Rumours derived from the report are circulating via social media.

    Updated: April 12, 2015

  • Does a Viral Image Depict a Monkey Saving a Puppy From An Explosion?
    Circulating message claims that an attached picture shows a monkey saving a small puppy from a factory explosion in China.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • Administrator 'Internal Only' Malware Email
    This malware email, which claims to be from the 'Administrator', warns rather cryptically that the linked file is INTERNAL ONLY.

    Published: April 10, 2015

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

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • Grandparent Phone Scams On the Rise
    Reports indicate that so-called 'grandparent' scams are increasingly common.

    Published: April 10, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • Facebook 'Shocking Video' Scam - 'Something Moving Inside Her Gums'
    Facebook Post featuring images of a young girl at the dentist claims that the little girl felt something moving around inside her gums. The post invites you to click a link to view video footage and see what was inside.

    Published: April 9, 2015

  • Live Ants In The Brain Hoax
    Warning claims that people have died after ants have entered their skulls by way of the ears and began eating their brains.

    Updated: April 9, 2015

  • 'Transfer Coordinator' Money Laundering Job Scam
    Email invites you to apply for a job as a 'Transfer Coordinator' by sending your resume to a specified Gmail address.

    Published: April 9, 2015

  • Bendigo Bank 'Morning Update' Malware Email
    A malware email professing to be a 'Morning Update' from Australia's Bendigo Bank is currently hitting inboxes.

    Published: April 9, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 9, 2015

  • Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.

    Updated: April 9, 2015

  • Don't be Fooled By Fake 'WhatsApp Calling' Invites
    Many WhatsApp users continue to be tricked by 'invite' scam messages claiming that they can activate a new voice-calling feature by following a link.

    Published: April 8, 2015

  • No, Facebook Is NOT Removing Veteran Amputee Images
    Circulating message claims that Facebook is removing images depicting veteran amputees because the images are considered offensive and against Facebook's Community Standards.

    Updated: April 8, 2015

  • Facebook Like-Farming Scam - 100 MacBook Laptop Giveaway
    Facebook Page claims that it is giving away 100 MacBook laptops. For a chance to win, users are instructed to like and share a photo of the prize, add a comment specifying their colour preference should they win, and like the Page.

    Published: April 8, 2015

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

    Updated: April 8, 2015

  • Chase Credit Card 'Thank-You For Scheduling Payment' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Chase Credit Cards thanks you for scheduling a recent payment 'as an attachment' and claims that the payment will be credited to your account.

    Published: April 8, 2015

  • Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office
    Circulating message claims that attached photographs show an innovative workplace enjoyed by Google employees.

    Updated: April 7, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Published: April 7, 2015

  • Hoax-Slayer's Current Top Five Dumbest Hoaxes
    A Few of The Most Ridiculous Internet Hoaxes Currently Circulating

    Updated: April 7, 2015

  • WhatsApp Voice Call Activation Hoax
    According to this message, which is circulating rapidly via social media, you can activate free voice calling on WhatsApp by sending the same message to eight people or four groups.

    Published: April 7, 2015

  • Eye Of God Image - Hubble Telescope Email
    Circulating message that includes an image described as the 'Eye of God' claims the image captures a rare event that only occurs once every 3000 years.

    Updated: April 7, 2015

  • FedEx Document Malware Email
    This malware email claims that a FedEx Document is contained in an attached file.

    Published: April 7, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 7, 2015

  • BBB Scam Tracker
    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the US has launched a handy Scam Tracker that makes it easy for US residents to stay informed about scams that may be occurring in their area.

    Published: April 1, 2015

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

    Updated: April 1, 2015

  • Facebook Event Scams Promise Free Southwest Airlines Tickets
    A number of Facebook Event pages that claim to be associated with US based Southwest Airlines are currently being promoted across the network.

    Updated: April 1, 2015

  • Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error or because nobody was home. The messages instruct recipients to open an attached file or click a link to read more information about the package.

    Updated: April 1, 2015

  • Yahoo Account Confirmation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from Yahoo, your account has security issues and you must therefore click an “Authentication Page” button to visit your account and deal with the problems.

    Published: April 1, 2015

  • These April Fools' Day Hoaxes Still Circulate
    Here we revisit some popular April Fools' Day hoaxes that have circulated in years gone by. Once launched, such stories often continue to circulate for years on end. And, all year round, not just on April 1.

    Published: April 1, 2015

  • 8 Hoaxes Featuring Strange and Fabulous Creatures
    Here we discuss 8 popular hoaxes that feature mermaids, monsters, giants, and other strange creatures.

    Updated: March 31, 2015


  • Virgin Media 'Urgent Billing Update' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from Virgin Media, you have been set up to receive bills from the company online. Supposedly, the company is upgrading to a new and improved payment system and you must therefore urgently upgrade your billing details or risk losing your email address.

    Published: March 31, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: March 31, 2015

  • Hoax - 'Giant Skeleton Discovered In Bulgaria'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that archaeologists have unearthed a giant human skeleton in Bulgaria. The report features a picture depicting the skeleton with the archaeologists.

    Published: March 30, 2015

  • False Child Abduction Alert – 'Lilly Snatched From Surrey'
    Circulating social media message claims that 3-year-old Lilly was snatched from the surrey area of the UK within the last hour. The message includes a picture of the child along with the registration number and description of the car she was last seen in.

    Updated: March 30, 2015

  • [Video] 300 iPhones Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    As per usual, Facebook like-farmers continue to trick people into liking and sharing by offering the chance to win expensive prizes that do not exist. In this version of the scam, a bogus ‘IPhone 6s’ Facebook Page promises that you can win one of 300 iPhones just by liking the Page and a promotional post, adding a comment, and sharing the information with your friends.

    Published: March 30, 2015

  • E-ZPass Agent 'Unpaid Toll Road Bill' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from an agent at US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that you have an unpaid toll road bill and should open an attached file to review the invoice.

    Published: March 30, 2015

  • Yet Another Dying Widow Advance Fee Scam
    ’ve now been writing about scams and hoaxes for around 12 years. I have an archive containing thousands of advance fee scam emails. A goodly portion of them are very similar to the “dying widow” scam I’ve quoted below. But, despite a great deal of publicity about advance fee scams, people still fall for them. Every day. All over the world.

    Published: March 29, 2015

  • 'My Resume' Malware Emails
    Sometimes, the simplest criminal ruses are the most effective. One current malware campaign attempts to trick you into infecting your computer by opening what you believe is a simple resume.

    Published: March 29, 2015

  • [Video] Bogus 'Court Notice' Malware Emails Continue
    Criminals continue to use bogus “Notice to Appear in Court” emails to distribute malware. There are many variations of these malware messages.

    Published: March 29, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Netflix Account Cancellation'
    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.

    Updated: March 29, 2015

  • PayPal 'Payment Reversal' Phishing Scam
    According to the subject line of this email, which purports to be from PayPal, the company is investigating a payment reversal involving Apple.

    Published:March 29, 2015

  • AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax
    Message that lists the number of people in a particular group accused of various criminal or immoral activities claims that the group actually represents the 535 members of the Australian Parliament.

    Updated: March 28, 2015

  • Scam Calls From ‘911’ Threaten Legal Action
    In a new twist on the typical ‘arrest warrant’ phone scam, residents in Ohio have reported receiving bogus phone calls that seemingly come from the US emergency number 911.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • Facebook 'Your Account Will Be Disabled' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from 'Facebook Safety' claims that your account has been breaking Facebook rules and it will be permanently disabled if you do not click a link to perform an account recovery.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • Slack Reports Data Breach
    Team collaboration platform Slack has reported a March 2015 security incident in which hackers gained unauthorized access to user profiles.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • American Express ‘Unusual Activity’ Phishing Scam
    According to this email, unusual activity on your American Express account has raised security concerns and you need to click a link to login and secure your account.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax - 'Facebook Overpopulated'
    Messages claim that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.

    Updated: March 28, 2015

  • Brand New Blog For Hoax-Slayer
    We are thrilled to announce a brand new addition to Hoax-Slayer! This blog is a companion publication to the main Hoax-Slayer website. It works hand in glove with the main website.

    Published: March 27, 2015

  • MattyB Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page supposedly associated with young rapper MattyB claims that the star is giving away $100,000 and a new car to one lucky fan. To enter, claims the post, all you need do is like the Page and share and like the promotional image.

    Published: March 25, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Cloned Prehistoric Owl Plucks Out Scientist's Eyeballs'
    A circulating 'news' report claims that scientists in Brazil have successfully cloned an extinct prehistoric owl using DNA from remains found in a cave. But, claims the report, things took a tragic turn when the owl attacked one of the scientists, gouging out his eyes and rendering him permanently blind.

    Published: March 25, 2015

  • Don't Assume All Your Friends Know About These Six Internet Scams
    Perhaps you are already pretty Internet savvy and can easily recognize these six common Internet scams. But, don't assume that all of your friends and family know about them as well. You might be quite surprised!

    Published: March 24, 2015

  • Driver and Vehicle License Agency (DVLA) Payment Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the UK's Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) claims that you are eligible for a refund from a previous payment and should click a link to complete a refund application.

    Published: March 24, 2015

  • 'Unable to Display Message' Spam Emails Open Fake BBC 'Health' Site
    mails claiming that a message could not be displayed or can only be read in your browser invite you to click a link to view the supposed message.

    Updated: March 20, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from a bank or other financial institution claims that you have received a secure message that you can read by opening an attached file.

    Updated: March 20, 2015

  • Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs
    Message claims that attached photographs show a new speed control tactic that consists of laying very realistic looking fake pothole stickers on the roadway.

    Updated: March 19, 2015

  • ATO Tax Refund Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and should open an attached .zip file for further details.

    Updated: March 19, 2015

  • MALWARE - 'Urgent Notice Online Transaction Cancelled'
    According to an 'urgent' email that is currently hitting inboxes, an online transaction recently sent from your bank account has been cancelled by your bank.

    Published: March 17, 2015

  • Pepsi Car Wrap Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that you can make $350 per week just by displaying advertisements for Pepsi on your car.

    Published: March 17, 2015

  • Qantas 'Free First Class Flights' Like-Farming Scam
    According to Facebook Pages currently being promoted across the network, Australian airline Qantas is giving away free first class flights for all of 2015.

    Updated: March 16, 2015

  • 'If You Lose Your Mobile' IMEI Retrieval Tip
    Circulating message claims that you can key in *#06# on your mobile phone to retrieve the device's unique IMEI number. It notes that recording this number could be helpful if your phone is lost or stolen.

    Published: March 16, 2015

  • Facebook Deleting Inactive Likes Warning Messages
    Various messages warning that Facebook is now deleting inactive likes from Facebook Pages are circulating vigorously across the network. However, the messages are misleading and are apparently derived from a misinterpretation of a recent Facebook news update.

    Published: March 16, 2015

  • Three Facebook Related Hoaxes That Just will NOT Die
    Here we discuss three Facebook hoaxes that keep resurfacing at regular intervals, year in year out.

    Published: March 13, 2015

  • Product Barcode Country Identification
    Circulating message claims that consumers can identify what country a product was manufactured in by analyzing the first 3 digits of the product's barcode.

    Updated: March 13, 2015

  • 'Pay Slip From Marketing' Malware Email
    Email claims that you can open an attached file to view a pay slip from an organization called 'Marketing Pty Ltd'.

    Published: February 18, 2015

  • Tamil Actress Manorama Has NOT Died
    Social media has been buzzing with rumours claiming that much loved and respected Tamil actress Manorama has died. Many Twitter and Facebook posts have expressed sorrow at her passing and offered condolences.

    Published: February 18, 2015

  • Phishing Scam - Fake Facebook 'Copyright Violations' Message
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Support Team claims that there are copyright violations on your Facebook Page and you are therefore required to click a link to verify the Page.

    Published: February 18, 2015

  • Eskom Power Grid Crash Warning is a Hoax
    According to a warning message that is circulating rapidly via email and social media, South African electricity supplier Eskom has notified the government that the main grid could crash at any time, plunging the country into darkness.

    Published: February 13, 2015

  • TurboTax Phishing Scams
    Emails purporting to be from US tax preparation software provider TurboTax claim that you must click a link to update details or unlock your account.

    Published: February 13, 2015

  • Scam Post Promises Facebook Users Free $50 Tim Hortons Tim Cards
    Post being distributed on Facebook claims that you can click a link to get a free $50 Tim Hortons Tim Card.

    Published: February 11, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.

    Published: February 11, 2015

  • Facebook Hoax - 'Send Message to Twenty People to Stay Active'
    According to this message, which purports to be from 'the Facebook Company', you must send the same message on to twenty people to 'stay active'. The message warns that your account will be disconnected if you do not send the message as instructed.

    Published: February 11, 2015

  • Circulating Halal Certification 'Warning' Message Falsely Quotes Dick Smith
    This widely circulated message supposedly outlines ideas and opinions about Halal certification expressed by iconic Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith, owner of Australian food brand Dick Smith Foods.

    Published: February 9, 2015

  • Phishing Scam - eBay 'Registration Suspension' Email
    Message purporting to be from eBay claims that your account has been suspended because your registration information could not be verified. The email instructs you to click a 'confirm your registration' link to remove the suspension.

    Published: February 9, 2015

  • Jetstar Fiji Holiday Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page that appears to be associated with Australian airline Jetstar claims that you can win a holiday in Fiji and $4000 spending money by liking the Page and sharing a promotional image.

    Published: February 9, 2015

  • Beware of Scams in Wake of Anthem Breach
    In early February 2015, giant US health insurer Anthem suffered a major security breach in which the personal information of up to 80 million current and former customers may have been compromised.

    Published: February 8, 2015

  • Rental Overpayment Scam Currently Active in Newfoundland, Canada
    On February 2015, CBC News, Newfoundland & Labrador, reported that landlords advertising homes to rent through online classified ad website Kijiji have been contacted online by people supposedly looking for a place to rent in the region.

    Published: February 7, 2015

  • BMW M Power Like-Farming Scam
    According to this Facebook post, you can go in the draw to win a BMW just by liking a Facebook Page, adding a comment noting your desired car colour, and sharing the post on your Wall. The post features an image depicting a BMW apparently being given away to a winning family.

    Published: February 7, 2015

  • Millions of Android Phones Infected with Malware via Dodgy Google Play Apps
    On February 3rd, 2015, anti virus company, Avast, warned Android smartphone users about malware apps that were available on the official Google Play app store.

    Published: February 5, 2015

  • Minecraft Player Account Login Details Leaked Online
    In January 2015, a list of usernames and passwords belonging to around 1800 Minecraft players was published online. The details were dumped on Pastebin (a web service that allows people to easily store and share text such as source code).

    Published: February 3, 2015

  • Fake News Claims Body of Homeless Man Identified as Elvis Presley
    Circulating report claims that DNA tests on the body of an elderly homeless man have identified him as Elvis Presley.

    Published: February 3, 2015

  • Facebook Hit By Tag Video Posts that Lead to Malware
    A malicious tagging campaign currently hitting Facebook is using the promise of raunchy videos to tempt users to click links.

    Published: February, 2015

  • False Facebook Warning to Parents - 'Dark Blue VW Caddy Van Near Schools'
    Circulating message warns parents to watch out for a dark blue VW Caddy Van around Herefordshire in the UK because it has been reported to police for suspicious activity around schools. The message includes the van's registration number and a description of the driver.

    Published: January 31, 2015

  • Fake Amazon Email Claims that Your Account Has Been Frozen
    According to this email, which claims to be from Internet giant Amazon, your account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it. And, claims the email, your account will remain frozen - and its password locked - until you click a link to confirm your details.

    Published: January 30, 2015

  • Misleading Warning Claims You Can Expose Facebook Hackers by Looking in Active Sessions
    According to a 'warning' message currently circulating on Facebook, you can see how many people are currently hacked into your Facebook account by examining Active Sessions in your account's security settings. The message explains how to access Active Sessions and advises you to kick the listed 'hackers' off your account.

    Published: January 30, 2015

  • Fake Ticketmaster Purchase Order Email Contains Malware
    Email purporting to be from large ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster thanks you for purchasing tickets and advises you to open an attached file to review order details.

    Published: January 29, 2015

  • Actor Gene Hackman is Not Dead
    A rapidly circulating social media rumour suggests that much-loved and respected actor Gene Hackman has died. Thankfully however, Gene Hackman is not dead.

    Published: January 29, 2015

  • FTC - Guest of Dr. Oz Show to pay $9 million Redress For Promoting Hoax Weight Loss Pills
    According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Lindsey Duncan,and his companies (PureHealth LLC & Genesis Today, Inc.), have agreed to pay $9 million in consumer redress in answer to charges from the FTC that he deceptively touted the weight loss benefits of green coffee bean extract to consumers on television shows including The Dr. Oz Show and The View.

    Published: January 29, 2015

  • Telstra 'Business Broadband Cancellation' Malware Email
    Order Acknowledgement' email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications giant Telstra claims that your request to cancel business broadband has been sent for processing. The email claims that you can view a copy of the cancellation order in an attached file.
  • Published: January 28, 2015

  • Email Invoice Scam Targeting Businesses in Australia
    Via its Scamwatch website, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has issued a warning about an invoice email scam that is currently targeting Australian businesses.

    Published: January 28, 2015

  • Warning: Canadian Phone Phishing Scam (Unauthorized Credit Card Use)
    On January 24th, 2015 it was reported that The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre is warning people about a new phone phishing scam that is hitting Canada and is being quite successful.

    Published: January 25, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Woman Gives Birth to a Baby Elephant'
    According to this circulating report, a Norwegian woman has given birth to a baby elephant. The report claims that, after the 'half-human/half-elephant hybrid' baby was born, millions of Hindus began a pilgrimage to 'Norwegia' to see the child. Supposedly, many Hindu practitioners believe that the child could be a reincarnation of the deity Ganesha.

    Published: January 25, 2015

  • Fake 'Child Predator Alert' Email Points to Malware
    Email purporting to be a community alert notice claims that a child predator has moved into your neighbourhood and advises you to click a link to get more information.

    Published: January 23, 2015

  • 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For
    Facebook is a perfect venue for scammers to distribute their malicious messages and find new victims. Here are five current Facebook scams to watch out for.

    Published: January 21, 2015

  • 'Undefined Transactions' Word Malware Emails
    Emails claiming to be from the account or remittance officer at a specified company claims that they need your assistance in processing 'undefined transactions' that appear to come from your bank account. The emails request that you open an attached Microsoft Word document to view the transactions.

    Published: January 22, 2015

  • Facebook Update Designed to Reduce Hoax Posts
    Facebook has announced a News Feed update that may help to slow down the spread of fake-news and hoax posts on the network.

    Published: January 21, 2015

  • Facebook Scam - 'Girl Was An Aware What She Have Inside Her'
    This widely distributed Facebook post, which features an image of a girl on a hospital bed, claims that the girl was not aware what she had inside her until they cut off her pants. The grammatically challenged post tries to entice you to click the image to see a video about the incident.

    Published: January 20, 2015

  • Advance Fee Scam - 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'
    Email purporting to be from Coca-Cola claims that your email address has been chosen as the winner of $1million in the 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'.

    Published: January 17, 2015

  • Don't Click on 'Hottest Leaked Snapchat' Facebook Posts
    A number of posts currently appearing on Facebook invite you to click on images of young women to view the '10 Hottest Leaked Snapchats Ever' or 'Babes Want to Show Their Private Part on Snapchat'.

    Published: January 17, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: - '600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at a hospital in Perth, Western Australia. The report features photographs of the woman and baby.

    Published: January 17, 2015

  • Misleading WhatsApp SMS 'Update' Messages Hit South African Users
    Mobile phone users in South Africa are being hit with SMS messages from a Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) stating, 'you have not updated to the latest WhatsApp Add-ons.'

    Published: January 17, 2015

  • [VIDEO] 'Webhosting Account Transmitting Viruses' Phishing Scam
    According to this phishing email, your webhosting account has been transmitting viruses. The message warns that your account will be deactivated permanently if you do not urgently take action to 'scan and sanitize' your website.

    Published: January 16, 2015

  • Phishing Scammers Targeting US University Employees
    The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in the United States has issued a warning about a phishing campaign that is currently targeting staff members at US universities.

    Published: January 16, 2015

  • FBI Warns Of Virtual Kidnapping Scams
    The FBI and New York City Police have published a press release warning members of the public about an increase in virtual kidnapping scams.

    Published: January 15, 2015

  • Malware 'Court Hearing Notice' Pretends to be From Orrick
    Email purporting to be from law firm Orrick claims that you must attend a hearing in the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. The email urges you to click a link to access and study a 'plaint note' prior to the court appearance.

    Published: January 15, 2015

  • ATO ' Tax Agent Report' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims to contain a tax agent report for delayed tax returns in an attached file

    Published: January 15, 2015

  • Fake Email Warning About 2015 ISIS Attacks In Sydney Contains Malware
    Email claims that ISIS has warned Australian Police about new attacks in Sydney during 2015. The email instructs recipients to open an attached Word document to read a detailed news story about the supposed attack threats.

    Published: January 13, 2015

  • How to Avoid Getting Ripped-Off via Pre-Paid Debit Card Phone Scams
    In recent months, reloadable debit card phone scams have become more and more common, especially in the United States.

    Published: January 13, 2015

  • Facebook Scam - 'Trryfying' Girl With Pimple Video Post
    Viral Facebook post that features a teaser image of a girl squeezing a large pimple on her forehead entices users to click a link to see more.

    Published: January 8, 2015

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive Phishing Scams
    When trying to buy, sell or trade your in-game items in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) people will often add you as a friend via Steam then send you a phishing link using Steam chat.

    Published: January 8, 2015

  • Fake-News - 'Old Lady Arrested For Making Fur Coats From Cats'
    Circulating report claims that an 85-year-old woman in Waco, Texas has been arrested on suspicion of making fur coats from local cats she had kidnapped.

    Published: January 8, 2015

  • HOAX: 'Skype Very Crowded - Deleting Inactive Users'
    Message supposedly sent by the creator of Skype claims that Skype will be closing on March 15 because it is 'very crowded'. According to the message, users must send the warning to at least 15 other Skype users to prove that they are active and prevent their account from being 'deleted without hesitation'.

    Published: January 7, 2015

  • Fake UK Fuels E-Bill Message Contains Malicious Macro
    This message claims that you can click a link to find out your top three friends on Facebook.

    Published: January 6, 2015

  • 'Top Three Friends' Facebook Spam
    This message claims that you can click a link to find out your top three friends on Facebook.

    Published: January 5, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Michael Jackson Is Father Of Bruno Mars
    According to this 'news' report, which is circulating via social media, DNA testing has confirmed that Michael Jackson is the biological father of American singer Bruno Mars.

    Published: January 5, 2015

  • Ricky Martin Death Hoax Video
    News video published on YouTube claims that singer Ricky Martin has died in a car accident.

    Published: January 5, 2015

  • Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
    Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a 'Privacy Statement' as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network. The latest 'better safe than sorry' version mentions Channel 13 News as a source.

    Published: January 5, 2015

  • Fake 50 Cent Cash Giveaway Facebook Page is a Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page posing as the official fan page for 50 Cent, claims that the rapper is giving away millions of dollars to people who like his Page and share its posts.

    Published: January 5, 2015