A compendium of what's new and what's hot on Hoax-Slayer
Spider in Oreo Cookie Photograph
Circulating message that features a photograph depicting an Oreo cookie (or a similar brand of sandwich cookie) with a spider apparently pressed into the cream, suggests that people might want to open their Oreos before eating them.
'Giant Fukushima Mutant Dog' Picture
Circulating Facebook message claims that a massive dog featured in an attached image is a mutant created in-vitro by infusing maternal cells with Fukushima irradiated male DNA. The message links to a longer story about the mutant dog presented as a news article.
Oprah Winfrey is NOT Dead – Links in Message Lead to Rogue App
Message appearing on Facebook claims that media queen Oprah Winfrey has been found dead at her house after committing suicide at her home. The message invites users to click a link to watch an exclusive video message that the star made before her death.
ANZ Phishing Scam - 'We Detected a Login Attempt With a Valid Password'
Notification email purporting to be from Australian bank, ANZ, claims that a login attempt with a valid password from an unrecognized device has been detected. Recipients are urged to click an account review link if they did not make such a login attempt.
'Microsoft Facebook Yahoo Windows Live Award' Advance Fee Scam
Message claims the recipient has won £650,000 in a prize award organized by Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Windows Live and should contact the "fiduciary agent" to begin processing of the prize claim.
Chemical Burns From Gel In Diaper Warning Message
Circulating social media message claims that leaked gel from inside a Huggies Snug And Dry Diaper caused 2nd degree chemical burns on a 21-month-old child's leg.
Charles F. Feeney 'Grant Donation' Advance Fee Scam
Email purporting to be from millionaire philanthropist Charles Francis Feeney claims that the recipient has been awarded a grant of 1.9 million US dollars based on the random selection of his or her email address online.
False and Damaging Rumour – 'RSPCA Paid to Keep Quiet About Halal Slaughtering'
Messages circulating online claim that a wealthy Saudi prince pays the RSPCA £5 million per year to keep quiet about cruel Halal slaughtering methods in the UK and take no action to curtail the practise.
'Apple ID Information Updated' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient's Apple ID information was updated. The recipient is urged to click a link and change the account password if her or she believes that the change was in error or was unauthorised.