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Bogus Warnings - False Alert Hoaxes



NONSENSE - 'All Americans Microchipped by 2017'

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

Published: April 10, 2014



No, Energy Drinks Do NOT Contain Bull Sperm

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

Published: March 19, 2014



Misleading and Inaccurate Warning Ė 'Donít Answer Calls While Charging Cell Phone'

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

Published: February 3, 2014



Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax

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

Published: January 13, 2014



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

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

Published: January 13, 2014



Hoax - 'Instagram Randomly Deleting Accounts'

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

Published: December 16, 2013



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

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

Published: December 13, 2013


Paper Laced With Drugs Perfume Hoax

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

Published: November 29, 2013



ASDA Attempted Kidnapping Hoax

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

Published: November 5, 2013


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

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

Published: November 4, 2013


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

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

Published: October 28, 2013


Giraffe Profile Picture Virus Hoax.

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

Published: October 28, 2013


Bogus Warning - Canned Fruit From Thailand Contaminated With HIV

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

Published: October 28, 2013


Instant Noodles do NOT contain a Wax Coating That Causes Cancer

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

Published: October 25, 2013


Hoax - HIV Needles Hidden Under Gas Pump Handles

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

Published: October 9, 2013


Bogus Warning - 'Russian Booksellers Looking For Children'

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

Published: August 30, 2013


Nichole Morgan Friend Request Hacker Hoax

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

Published: July 31, 2013


Circulating Warning Claims Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer

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

Published: July 26, 2013


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