'Secutiry Info' Phone Phishing Scam

Message purporting to be from the "technical security services department" claims that an error found in the user's account could result in an account suspension unless the user calls an included phone number to validate card information.


Unsubstantiated Facebook Rumour - Lance K***** Paedophile Warning

Circulating message claims that a man named Lance tried to pick up a 13-year-old girl that he contacted via Facebook. The message includes a photograph allegedly depicting the man.


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FBI is NOT Searching for Woman Flipping Baby in Viral Video

Message circulating via social media claims that the FBI is calling on users to help identify a woman seen violently flipping a baby around and upside down in a viral video.


Motrin Infant Drops Recall

Warning to parents circulating via social media claims that infant pain reliever Motrin Infants' Drops, Original Berry Flavour, has been recalled.


iPhone 6 Like-Farming Scam

Circulating Facebook message claims that users who share a promotional image can get an iPhone 6 for free.


WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax

Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".


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Issue 55


Mother Teresa Novena Chain Email

Email purporting to contain a novena from Mother Teresa that started in 1952, claims that bad luck will befall those who do not pass on the message and an accompanying image.


IRS 'Invalid File Alert' Malware Email

Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that errors have been found in files electronically submitted by the recipient.


Seemingly Pointless Spam with No Links or Payload

From time to time, users may receive rather bizarre spam emails with no links, attachments, images or any sort of payload at all. The messages do not contain any hidden scripts, images or web beacons that could be of use to the spammers.


Circulating Health Warning: Beware of Little White and Black Caterpillarse

Message circulating via social media and email warns people to watch out for little white and black caterpillars because numerous kids have experienced reactions and rashes after touching them.


'He Needs Your Prayers Badly' Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

Facebook message featuring an image of a baby with a very serious skin condition claims that that you can offer prayers for the baby's recovery just by liking, sharing or commenting on his picture.


Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs show a new speed control tactic that consists of laying very realistic looking fake pothole stickers on the roadway.


Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

Message advises recipients that "Imitinef Mercilet", a medicine that cures blood cancer, is available free of charge from the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, India.


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Advance Fee Scam - 'MasterCard World Lottery 2013'

Message purporting to be from credit card provider MasterCard claims that the recipient has won a million dollars in the MasterCard World Lottery for 2013.


Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?

Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.


Phone Text Message Credit Card Phishing Scam

"Mobile banking alert" sent via phone text message claims that the recipient's debit card has been blocked. The message instructs the recipient to go to a "personal link" to unblock the card.


Circulating Story Claims 'Salvation Army says that Gays Should be Put To Death'

Circulating message claims that the Salvation Army has stated that gays should be put to death. The message includes an image of Salvation Army collectors posing beside a "Gays Not Allowed" sign.


Disney Cruise Line Job Offer Scam

Email purporting to be from Disney Cruise Line claims that a number of positions are currently available and invites recipients to contact a "client service officer" to get an application form.