Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'

Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.


WhatsApp 'New Voicemail' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from cross platform IM application WhatsApp claims that the recipient has a new voicemail that can be accessed by clicking the "Play" button in the message.


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Hoax: HIV Infected Blood In Pepsi

Circulating messages warn people not to drink Pepsi because a Pepsi worker has contaminated bottles with his HIV infected blood.


Warning Claims Criminals Using Stolen Cell Phones to Get Bank Card PIN's

Warning message describes a case in which a criminal who stole a woman's handbag, complete with wallet, bank cards and cell phone, was able to empty her bank account by calling her husband on the stolen cell phone and asking for the card PIN.


MoneyGram International 73rd Anniversary Reward Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from MoneyGram claims that the company is rewarding customers with prizes of $60,000 as a means of celebrating its 73rd Anniversary.


Warning Claims Facebook Closing Business Profiles

Circulating Facebook message warns that Facebook is closing profiles that are considered businesses. The message notes that businesses using Facebook should use Facebook Pages instead of personal profiles.


Message Asks Users to Support Lawsuit About Dog Shot By Police

Circulating social media message claims that police threw a chair at a dog, tasered and shot him and then left him to bleed to death. The message asks users to like and share to support a family's lawsuit against the police.


Jill's Story - Romance, Fraud and Money Laundering Scam

Jill met a man via Facebook who built a relationship with her over several months. However, when the man asked for money and requested that she accept cheques into her bank account and wire him the proceeds via Western Union, Jill became suspicious and was able to identify him as a scammer.


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Issue 54


Radisson Blu Hotel Job Vacancy Scam Email

Email purporting to be from international hotel chain, Radisson claims that jobs are available at a Radisson hotel in London and interested applicants should email their CV's or call for further discussions.


Facebook Hoax - Pay to become Gold Member or All Your Documents will be Made Public

Message circulating on Facebook claims that from tomorrow all of the information that users have published on Facebook will be made public unless they pay a fee of $9.99 to become "Gold" members or repost the same message on their walls.


Image Showing a Kayak in the Mouth of a Whale

Email claims that an attached image depicts a kayak caught in the open mouth of a whale as it surfaces to feed.


Malicious Hoax Falsely Claims 'Baby Attacked by Asian Youth'

Circulating message featuring an image of a baby with what appears to be a badly beaten face linked to a supposed news article that claimed that the pictured baby was punched and thrown against a wall by "an Asian youth".


Unlucky Frog LADEE Rocket Launch Photograph

Message featuring what appears to be a frog leaping amidst a rocket launch claims that the photograph was taken at the LADEE launch at Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia on September 6, 2013.


Reshipping Fraud - Parcel Mule Scams

Jobs offered online or via email claim that participants can earn money by receiving items and resending them to specified addresses.


'Apple Account Frozen' Phishing Scam

Email claiming to be from Apple advises that the recipient's Apple account has been frozen and will remain frozen until the recipient opens an attached file and validates account information.


Warnings Claim Facebook Is Deleting Pet Profiles

Circulating messages claim that Facebook is now deleting pet profiles and pet rescue pages.


CASE NOW SOLVED - Message Asks For Help to Identify Man Killed By Train in Melbourne

A circulating social media message asks for help identifying a young man killed by a train in Melbourne, Australia in September, 2012.


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HM Revenue & Customs Refund of Overpayments Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from the UK tax department HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient has made tax overpayments over the last three years and is therefore owed a refund. The recipient is instructed to fill in a form contained in an attached file to claim the repayment.


'Special Education Week' and 'Autism and ADHD Awareness Month' Messages

Circulating social media messages claim that it is Special Education Week and Autism and ADHD awareness month and ask that users post the information and leave it as their status for one hour.


Charging a Mobile Phone with Peepal Leaves

Message claims that it is possible to charge a mobile phone battery by touching the stems of peepal tree leaves to the terminals.


Apple iPhone 5c Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that users who like and share a promotional image can gain a chance to win a new Apple iPhone 5c.


Fake Companies House Emails Contain Malware

Emails purporting to be from the UK government's Companies House claim that a company complaint has been submitted against the recipient. The emails claim that more information can be viewed by opening an attached file.


Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax

Email claims that attached photographs depict a huge living tree located in India in which figures of animals have miraculously grown naturally all over the tree's trunk without human influence.


Land Registry Debit Notification Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from the UK's Land Registry claim that fees will be debited from the recipient's account in the coming days. The messages claim that users can access details about the fees to be debited by opening an attached file.


Jennifer's Story - Dating and Money Laundering Scam

An online dating scammer tricked Jennifer into laundering the proceeds of crime via her own bank account.