Australian Tax Refund Scam Email

Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office, claims that the recipient can receive a large tax refund by clicking a link in the message and filling out a web based form.


'Confidential Document' Google Docs Phishing Scam

Email asks the recipient to click a link to view an important confidential document in Google Docs.


Lottery Scams

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Starving Children Facebook Share Hoax

Facebook messages featuring a photograph depicting a group of starving children claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help the children every time the picture is shared on the network.


Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning

Circulating health message warns recipients not to eat shrimp or prawns while taking vitamin C because it can cause a chemical reaction that can lead to sudden death by arsenic poisoning.

HS Digest

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Issue 41


AOL Password Phishing Scam - 'TJ2117 Virus Detected
Email purporting to be from AOL claims that a TJ2117 virus has been detected in the recipient's computer folders and he or she must click a link to login and switch to a secure anti virus system.


Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?

Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.


Protest Message - Live 'Tortoise' Souvenirs Sold in China

Message circulating on Facebook claims that live tortoises sealed in bags of herbal solution are being sold as souvenirs in China.


Westpac '3 Incorrect Logins' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac, claims that the recipient's account has been limited due to three incorrect login attempts and he or she should fill in and submit an attached form within 24 hours, or the account may be suspended.


Bogus Facebook Giveaway - 'Free GHD Straighteners'

Facebook Page claims that it is giving away ghd straighteners to users who like the page and share a photo.


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March 2013 - Five Fridays, Five Saturdays, Five Sundays

Circulating message claims that March 2013 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a special calendar event that only occurs once every 823 years. The message also claims that the event is called "money bags" and those who share it with others will receive money within 4 days.


Use Left Ear For Mobile Phone Hoax

Message supposedly endorsed by the "Apollo medical team", claims that mobile (cell) phone users should always use the left ear for calls because using the right ear will directly affect the brain


Hoax - 'Pope Comes Out as Gay'

Social media driven message, couched as a news report, claims that Pope Benedict XVI resigned his papacy because he is gay and "could no longer live a lie."