UK National Lottery Scams

Emails supposedly from the UK National Lottery claim that the recipient has won a large sum of money and must supply personal information to the "agent" in charge of the prize.D


Digital Pad ATM Skimming Device Warning

Circulating image depicts a scamming system in which a fake keypad is placed over the top of the genuine keypad on an ATM as a means of stealing card data.


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Viral Facebook Message Falsely Claims that a Pictured Man is Posing as an RSPCA Officer and Stealing Dogs

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that a man depicted in an attached photograph is posing as an RSPCA officer and has attempted to steal dogs in the South Yorkshire area of the UK.


'Bad Brit' - Nigel Farage and the Tory Party's Worst Nightmare

A circulating political piece that discusses perceived issues with UK social and political life is attributed to British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage.


The Bogus Tale of The British Flag Lapel Pin and the Rude Muslim Woman in the Checkout Queue

Message tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a British supermarket checkout queue was taken to task and put in her place by an elderly shopper after she made critical remarks about the cashier's British flag lapel pin and the UK's military involvement in Afghanistan.


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Bogus Facebook Message Claims Fake RSPCA Workers Trying to Steal Dogs in CoxhoeD

Facebook message warns that two women posing as RSPCA workers have been attempting to steal dogs in the Coxhoe area of the UK. The message claims that the RSPCA has confirmed that such activities are occurring.


Robin Williams 'Perfect Plan' For Peace Speech

Long circulated message claims that US comedian Robin Williams came up with a "perfect plan" for achieving peace in the world, which he delivered during a speech in New York.


'Like' and 'Share' Harvesting Hoax - Boy Beaten for Liking One DirectionD

Facebook message that features an image of a boy supposedly beaten around the face with a piece of wood claims that he has been bullied all his life and now beaten because he is a fan of the band One Direction. The message claims that "all face companies" will donate $10 per like and $50 per share to help pay for the boy's surgery.


Facebook 'Name and Shame Baby Beater' Message

Rapidly circulating Facebook message asks users to share a "name and shame" photograph of a man accused of severely beating a 17 month old baby.


'Your PayPal Account Was Deleted' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's PayPal account has been deleted and he or she must click a "Recover Account" link to get the account back.


False Claim - Anzac Day Badges Banned at Mt. Warren Park Shopping Centre

Circulating message claims that Anzac Day badges were not sold at Mt. Warren Shopping Centre because the owner of the centre is from the Middle East and he refused permission for businesses in the complex to sell the badges.


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'Warning Code: 11XXTT8765' Email Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the "Admin Team" claims that, due to a scheduled maintenance and upgrade, users must reply with their email password or their email account will be terminated.


Vladimir Putin's Supposed Speech to the Duma on Minorities and Sharia Law

Widely circulated message claims that, in a February 14, 2013 speech to the Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly advised Russian minorities that they should speak Russian and adapt to Russian culture if they wish to live in the country and that, if they prefer Sharia Law, then they should go somewhere else to live.


Satire - Message Claims Parents Put Daughter Up For Adoption Because She is Gay

A message circulating via social media claims that a Southern Carolina couple have put their sixteen year old daughter up for adoption after finding out that she was gay.


Optional Facebook Trial Allows Users to Pay to Send Messages to Non-Friend Inboxes

Various messages circulating via Facebook claim that the company is about to start charging users for sending messages on the network.


False Claim Muslims can Avoid Paying Bedroom Tax by Designating One Bedroom as a Prayer Room

Messages circulating via social media claim that Muslims can be exempted from the new bedroom tax imposed on UK welfare recipients by setting aside the spare bedroom as a prayer room.