Mission StatementThe goal of the Hoax-Slayer Website is to help make the Internet a safer, more pleasant and more productive environment by:
- Debunking email and Internet hoaxes
- Thwarting Internet scammers
- Educating web users about email and Internet security issues
- Combating spam
About Hoax-Slayer's MissionHoaxes spread misinformation, waste bandwidth, and lessen the effectiveness of the Internet as a communication tool. Hoaxes circulate via email, social media, blogs, online forums, and fake-news websites. Hoax-Slayer helps stop the continued circulation of these hoaxes by publishing information about them. Hoax-Slayer allows Internet users to check the veracity of a large number of hoaxes. Information about new hoaxes is added every week.
Around the world, Internet scammers steal millions of dollars per year from unsuspecting Internet users. These criminal activities are successful largely because many Internet users are not aware of the ways in which scammers operate and may not recognize scam attempts if they are targeted. Hoax-Slayer aims to counteract these criminal activities by publishing information about common types of Internet scams and providing examples of scam messages.
Many users inadvertently compromise their online privacy and the security of their computer equipment because of poor computer security practices. Hoax-Slayer publishes information that makes users aware of email, Internet and computer security issues and what to do about them.
Spam is the scourge of the Internet. Hoax-Slayer combats the problem by providing information that can help Internet users recognize and deal with spam.
About Team Hoax-SlayerHoax-Slayer is owned and operated by the Christensen family from their home office in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. Bundaberg is a small city a few hours drive north of Brisbane and is famous for its rum, ginger beer and sugar cane.
Brett ChristensenResearch, writing, web-development, social networking, and business management: Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes almost all of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.
Matthew ChristensenCoding, web-development, site maintenance: Matthew converts Brett's articles to web format and publishes them on the site. He also prepares and sends the site newsletter and performs many other day-to-day maintenance tasks. Matthew is attending university with the goal of attaining a multi-media degree.
Cameron ChristensenCoding, web-development, site maintenance: Cameron looks after the mobile version of the Hoax-Slayer website and contributes to web development and general site maintenance. He is studying web development online.
Facebook Admin TeamOur three admins Steve (UK), David (US) and Shevaun (Australia) help keep our busy Facebook Page operating smoothly. Steve, David, and Shevaun give their time freely to help the Internet community and their contributions are greatly appreciated.
Site HistoryWork began on the Hoax-Slayer website in August 2003. Earlier in 2003, Brett Christensen created a Yahoo Email discussion group designed to debunk and expose hoaxes and scams. The idea for the Hoax-Slayer website grew out of this Yahoo group. In March 2004, Brett decided to close the Yahoo group and concentrate on adding information to the website and publishing the Hoax-Slayer Newsletter.
Since its launch, Hoax-Slayer has grown from a single home page to a large site with thousands of separate web pages. More articles are added to the website every week. The fortnightly Hoax-Slayer newsletter now has well over thirty thousand subscribers with more people joining every day.
Since 2009, the Hoax-Slayer website has been complemented by a popular and very active Facebook page where Facebook users can ask questions and offer comments about scams, hoaxes and computer security issues. Users can also follow Hoax-Slayer on Twitter and on Google+.
In early 2014, the team began implementing a mobile friendly version of the Hoax-Slayer website. All new articles have both a desktop and a mobile version. Mobile versions of older articles are gradually being rolled out.
If you wish to offer feedback, ask questions or submit examples, please contact us.
You can also write to:
14 Sims Road
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Hoax-Slayer forms part of a registered business that has the Australian Business Number (ABN) 12 992 424 947.