'Really Bad Virus' Warning

Circulating social media message warns users about a "really bad virus" that can encrypt your entire computer and show a message demanding that you send $300 to a specified address.


Facebook Surcharge Hoax - 1 Per Month From January 2015

Protest message being shared across Facebook claims that Facebook has announced plans to start levying a surcharge of 1 per month from 1st January 2015.


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BMW M5 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Messages being shared on Facebook claim that "for the 1st time on Facebook", users who like a Facebook Page, share the promotional image and comment with their desired car colour can have a chance to win a BMW M5.


'Baby Andrei Needs Help' Facebook Page Donations Scam

Facebook Page asks users to send donations to help Baby Andrei who was born with almost no intestines.


Beware of Fake Obamacare Websites

Circulating messages warn users that hundreds of fake health care websites have been created as a means of tricking US citizens into divulging their personal information.


'Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages' Facebook Message

Facebook users have reported being blocked from liking Pages after receiving a message stating that they have been blocked for thirty days because of the amount and types of Pages they have liked recently.


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'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam

Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 "pieces of iPad 2" to users who share an image and like the Page.


Hoax - Hacking Group Anonymous Targeting Facebook Users With Giraffe Profile Pics

Facebook warning message claims that the hacking group Anonymous is wiping out the bank accounts and hard drives of people who have played the popular giraffe challenge riddle game and are therefore using giraffe profile images.


Bogus Warning - Canned Fruit From Thailand Contaminated With HIV

Circulating message claims that HIV carriers in Thailand have deliberately contaminated canned fruit in a factory by dripping their blood into the food.


Giraffe Profile Picture Virus Hoax

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that changing your profile picture to that of a giraffe will allow hackers to steal your Facebook login details and remotely control your computer.


Instant Noodles do NOT contain a Wax Coating That Causes Cancer

Message circulating via social media claims that instant noodles have a wax coating to stop them from sticking together and that this wax can build up in your body and cause cancer.


Stephen Harper Inflammatory 'First Nations' Tweet Exposed as a Hoax

Circulating message features a screenshot of a supposed tweet by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in which he states that Canada will not yield to the First Nations and promises to crush their demonstrations. The message claims that the offending tweet was quickly removed and asks users to share the screenshot as a means of exposing and shaming Prime Minister Harper.


Inaccurate 'Now Hiring' Toll Free Phone Number Message Still Circulating

Message circulating via social media claims that Fed Ex, Home Depot, UPS, Verizon, and Staples are hiring staff. The message lists toll-free phone numbers for the companies and asks that users share the information to help job seekers.


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Celine Dion Death Hoax Points To Rogue App

Circulating messages designed to look like news headlines or "breaking news" articles claim singer Celine Dion has died and invite users to click a link to watch an exclusive news video about her demise.


Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

Facebook Page claims that "for the first time ever in Facebook history" a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to like the Fan Page, share an image of the Camaro, and state their desired car colour via a comment.


PayPal 'ASDA Stores Order' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has submitted an order for 59.99 GBP to Asda Stores.


Amy Hamilton Missing Child Hoax

Missing person poster circulating via social media claims that 6-year-old Amy Hamilton is missing from the Croydon area of London and is believed to have been kidnapped by an "Asian grooming gang".


Will Smith Facebook Death Post Leads to Rogue App

Circulating Facebook message claims that actor Will Smith has died due to a doctor's negligence during an operation. The message invites users to click a link to see CCTV footage of the operation.