Hoax-Slayer Top 10 Articles
Not all stories listed here are hoaxes.
The Hoax-Slayer Top Ten includes articles relating to hoaxes, scams, and true stories as well as stories that contain a mixture of true and false information. Click the title of each listed article to access a full report on the topic.
1: 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.
2: Amber Teething Necklaces - Suspect SIDS 'Warning'
Circulating social media message makes a connection between SIDS and amber teething necklaces. The message cites a case in which the SIDS related death of a baby in NSW was found by the coroner to be associated with use of the necklaces.
3: Viral Video Depicts Fatal Smash Between SUV and Truck
Widely circulated message, which features a video showing a horrendous collision between an SUV and a large truck, claims that the footage was captured by a State Trooper's dash cam. The message suggests that the video graphically illustrates the dangers of driver inattention due to texting, reading or other distractions.
4: 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.
5: Missing Teen Devon Ward Has Been Located and is Safe
Circulating social media message claims that 14-year-old Devon Ward is missing and asks users to share his photograph and description in the hope that someone has seen him.
6: 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.
7: Fake Three (Or Seven) Headed Snake Image
Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed (or seven headed) cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.
8: Christmas Lights were NOT Banned in Cardwell, North Queensland
Circulating rumours claim that the local council in the small north Queensland town of Cardwell have banned the displaying of Christmas lights after receiving a complaint from a local mosque.
9: Russian Sleep Experiment Story
Article circulating online and via email tells the horrifying story of an experiment conducted by Russian researchers during the 1940's in which five prisoners were kept awake in a sealed environment for 15 days.
10: Facebook 'Virus' Warning - 'Nobody can watch this for more than 15 seconds' Video
Message circulating on Facebook warns users that, if they receive a video titled "Nobody can watch this for more than 15 seconds", they should delete it because the video is a virus that will allow their Facebook accounts to be hacked.