Facebook 'Graphic App' Privacy Warning Hoax

Circulating Facebook message warns that, due to the new "Graphic App", material posted on Facebook is no longer private and can be seen by anyone. The message includes instructions for overcoming this supposed problem.


Harvey Norman Like Farming Scam

Facebook Page touting itself as the official Harvey Norman Australia Facebook Page claims that users who share and like a promotional photograph can win a 40 inch Samsung Smart TV.


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Capri Sun Mold Warning

Message circulating virally via social media posts warns parents that mold has been found inside a container of the popular fruit drink Capri Sun. The message includes a photograph of the moldy beverage in a glass. Another version claims a worm was found in the beverage and includes an image depicting the supposed worm.


False Child Abduction Alert 'Lilly Snatched From Surrey'

Circulating social media message claims that 3-year-old Lilly was snatched from the Surrey area of the UK within the last hour. The message includes a picture of the child along with the registration number and description of the car she was last seen in.


Gas Saving Tips Are They Really Saving You Anything?

An email forward that started in 2007 has made the jump to Facebook, added a new bit, and is still as wrong as it ever was.


China Food Imports Is It Really That Simple?

In a North American targeted screed, a copy/paste forward extolls the evils of food products imported from China. As the screed specifically targets North American imports, this article also focuses primarily on US/North American imports from China. However, the implications of the analysis could be applied to any importing country.


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Issue 49


Jury Duty Phone Scam Warning

Circulating message warns that scammers are committing identity theft by phoning potential victims and threatening them with prosecution for failing to report for jury duty unless they reveal sensitive personal information.


Myth Ice Water Can Cause Dangerous Bloating in Dogs

Long running Internet warning claims that pet owners should never give their dogs ice water and cites a case of a show dog that suffered severe bloat after drinking water with ice in it.


Amazon 'Important Message From Security Center' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services claims that recipients need to click a link to read an important message or risk having their Amazon account restricted.


Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue ( Or Gold)

Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.


Kmart Australia Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claiming to be the official Kmart Australia page offers giveaways of expensive items such as TV's and iPads to users who like the page and share its images.


Do Water Filled Zip-Lock Bags with Added Pennies Keep Flies Away?

Long circulated tip claims that hanging a plastic bag half filled with water and containing four pennies will repel flies.


Photos of Old Car Collection Found in Portugal Barn

Email with attached photographs of an extensive collection of valuable old cars claims that a New York man discovered the vehicles locked in a barn on a property he bought in Portugal.


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Faux Image Mounted Police Officer Riding Giant Dog

Circulating image appears to depict a police officer mounted on a giant dog alongside another officer on a horse.


Expedia Travel Itinerary Malware Email

Email purporting to be a trip itinerary from travel booking service Expedia.com.au provides details for a recently booked trip and claims that recipients can view trip details in an attached file.


'Google Account Hacked' Text Message Scam

Text message claims that the recipient's Google account has been hacked and he or she needs to reply with a specified code word to receive a call to verify and reactivate the account.


Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'

Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a "Facebook Privacy Notice" as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network.


Hoax - Pope Benedict XVI Resigned Papacy to Convert to Islam

Circulating story claims that Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February 2013 because he had decided to convert to Islam.


Wonga.com 'Account Error' Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from short-term loan company Wonga.com claims that, due to a database error, customers must fill in and submit an attached HTML form to update their account and avoid a hold being placed on their funds.