A compendium of what's new and what's hot on Hoax-Slayer
Bogus Warning - 'Russian Booksellers Looking For Children'
Viral social media messages warn that Russian booksellers are going door to door in various US locations with the intention of getting information about children for later abductions and human trafficking.
Dave and Angela Dawes Advance Fee Lottery Scams
Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes claims that recipients have been randomly selected to receive 1.5 million pounds from the couple as part of a charity initiative.
Gang Initiation Warning Hoax - Infant Car Seat Left On Roadside
Warning message claims that criminals in the UK are placing infant car seats containing fake babies on the sides of rural roads as a means of tricking potential victims into stopping their cars so that gang members can rape and rob them as part of a gang initiation.
Dueling Banjos Hoax
Message claims that the "Dueling Banjos" scene from the movie "Deliverance" was not part of the original script but showed a real incident caught on film when guitar player Ronnie Cox and a local intellectually disabled boy engaged in a spontaneous musical interaction after the film crew stopped at an isolated gas station.
Football Star Joe Montana is NOT Dead
Message circulating via social media claims that retired pro football star Joe Montana has died in a single vehicle accident.
'I Am Meth' Poem
Message featuring a poem illustrating the danger and destructive nature of the drug meth claims that the poem was written by a young meth-addicted girl in jail who later died of a drug overdose.
Michelin Global Grant Program Advance Fee Scam
Message purporting to be from tyre company Michelin claims that the recipient has been awarded a grant of £1,500,000 as part of the company's "global economic empowerment program".
Nonsensical Hoax - Fungus Shiue Share Image to Get Money in Four Days
Social media message claims that, according to the Chinese art of "fungus shiue", those who share an attached image depicting a very large amount of cash will receive money in four days.
Western Union Mystery Shopper Money Laundering Scam
Email offers the recipient work as a mystery shopper evaluating Western Union outlets. The messages claim workers will be sent certified checks to cover evaluation costs and their pay.
Viral Image Depicts Woman Holding Gun to A Baby's Head
A widely circulated Internet message asks users to share an image depicting a young woman holding a gun to a baby's head in the hope that the woman can be identified.
Phishing Scam - 'Account Reported for Annoying and Insulting Facebook Users'
Message claiming to be from "Security The Facebook Team" warns recipients that their account has been reported for violating Facebook policies. Users are told that they must click a link to reconfirm their account within 12 hours or the account will be disabled.
Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard
Message warns users of public computers to check for a black device that, when plugged into the computer's keyboard by a fraudster, can store all key strokes entered, including passwords.
Phishing Email Masquerades as 'Trojan Virus' Infection Warning
Email purporting to be from an email service provider claims that the recipient's email has been infected with a Trojan Virus. The message claims that the recipient must click a link to delete the virus and recover the email account.
Westpac 'New Confirmation Form' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac claims that all customers must complete and submit a new "confirmation form" contained in an attached file.