Messages that were originally intended as jokes or humour pieces but have attained hoax status over time.
Fake Images and Videos
Images and videos that have been digitally manipulated or altered to depict imaginary things or to convey false information.
Petitions and Protests
False, inaccurate, or misleading messages that protest against various organisations, government departments, or individuals. Some are presented as petitions that ask recipients to 'sign' and pass them on.
Email and social media messages that predict dire consequences for people who 'break the chain' and do not share them with others.
Health and Medical Hoaxes
Circulating messages that contain false, misleading, or inaccurate information about health and medical issues.
Hoaxes that falsely claim that famous - or infamous - people have died. Some such messages contain malicious links.
Hoaxes about the supposed activities or unexpected demise of famous people.
Facebook Survey Scams
Survey scam messages try to trick users into participating in online surveys by promising them expensive prizes. The scam messages are usually distributed via Facebook.
Facebook Like-Farming Scams
Like-farming scams are designed to trick Facebook users into liking and sharing posts or Facebook Pages as a means of driving traffic to the Pages and increasing their like-numbers under false pretences.
Advance Fee Scams - 'Nigerian Scams' - 419 Scam Information
Criminals send messages offering victims a percentage of a large sum of money in exchange for their help with a supposed business deal. Victims are then tricked into sending the criminals various upfront fees that are supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed.
Payment Transfer Job Scam Emails - Laundering Scams
Scammers send bogus messages offering victims jobs in which they are instructed to bank payments from various third parties, keep a percentage as their 'wage' and wire the remainder back to their 'employers'. The scheme is a method of 'laundering' stolen money.
Overpayment scams are another form of money laundering in which criminals send considerably more than the agreed price for an item or service and ask victims to wire the remainder to a 'third party'.
Internet Dating Scams
Criminals pretend to be romantically interested in people they have 'met' online. After they have gained the trust of victims, the scammers will begin asking them for money or try to involve them in money-laundering schemes or other criminal activities.
A wide-ranging category that includes information about scams, malware, viruses, privacy issues, and security breaches.
Criminals use bogus emails and social media messages with the intent of tricking recipients into installing malware on their computers. Typically, this malware can harvest information from the infected computer and allow criminals
to control the computer from afar.
A collection of articles, tutorials and tips that can help you use email more securely and more efficiently.
A collection of articles, tutorials and tips about dealing with spam.
A category page featuring articles about scams, hoaxes, and computer security A category page featuring articles about scams, hoaxes, and computer security issues that are specifically related to Facebook.