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Bogus Warnings - False Alert Hoaxes

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

Published: July 10, 2014

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

Published: May 28, 2014

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

Published: May 15, 2014

BOGUS WARNING - ' White Van With Reg 7465 CGF Stealing Dogs'
Viral social media messages claim that men driving a white van with the registration number 7465 CGF are attempting to steal dogs for dog fighting in various locations in the UK and other parts of Europe. The messages include a picture of the white van.

Published: April 24, 2014

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

Published: February 3, 2014

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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