Hot on Hoax-Slayer - The 15 Most Popular HS Stories This Week
- Etihad Airways “Two Tickets To Fly Anywhere” Facebook Giveaway Scam
Circulating Facebook post claims that you can click to get 2 free tickets to fly anywhere from the UAE’s Etihad Airways.
- Killer ‘Crunches’ Biscuits Warning Is A Hoax
Circulating social media message warns you not to buy or eat any biscuits called ‘crunches’ because they contain a poisonous chemical that has already killed 45 people in South Africa.
- '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.
- 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.
- '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.
- Facebook Scam – ‘I Can’t Believe The People I Caught Looking At My Profile’
Facebook post claims that you can see who viewed your Facebook Profile by clicking to install a Facebook app called ‘Profile Spy’.
- Toyota 4Runner Facebook Giveaway Scam
Facebook Page claims that, “for the first time in Facebook history”, you can win a 2016 Toyota 4Runner by liking the Page and liking, sharing, and commenting on a “prize” post.
- ‘Bananas Injected With HIV’ Hoax Warning
Circulating warning messages claim that people are injecting HIV infected blood into bananas so you should not eat bananas that contain a red colour inside. One recent version, which is presented as a ‘breaking news’ report from CNN, claims that bananas in an Oklahoma Walmart store have tested positive for HIV.
- ‘No Harm Done?’ Think Again! – 4 Reasons Why Participating In Bogus Facebook Giveaways Is NOT Harmless
Facebook scams, no harm done
Facebook is awash with bogus competition pages. You know, the ones that promise amazing prizes such as store vouchers, holidays, luxury vehicles, ocean cruises, free air travel, and even houses in exchange for liking, sharing, commenting, and filling in surveys.
- “Your Computer Has Been Blocked” Tech Support Scam Browser Popups
“Critical Alert” message that may appear while you are web browsing claims that your computer has been blocked due to virus and spyware infections and your personal information is being stolen.
- WhatsApp ‘Ultra-Light Wifi Feature’ Scam Messages
Messages claim that WhatsApp has launched a new ‘Ultra-Light Wifi’ feature and urge you to click a link to activate the feature.
- 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. The message, which comes with a photograph of the "killer plant", also warns that touching the plant and then rubbing your eyes can cause permanent blindness.
- 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.
- Facebook Posts Asking You To Type ‘Amen’ To Help Children Or Animals Are Like-Farming Scams Not Hackers
Circulating message warns that you should not enter “amen” under Facebook posts about children, animals, or old people because doing so allows “foreign men” to hack your Facebook account.
- Useless ‘He/She Arises Between The Comments’ Facebook Hack Warning
Circulating message warns that there is a ‘new hack on Facebook’ in which the perpetrators ‘arise’ between comments and are thus able to post offensive material that looks like it came from you.
Last updated: October 1, 2016
First published: June 10, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen