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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: DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax

Circulating message warns consumers not to drink any bottled water called "DEW" because it contains a poisonous chemical that has already killed 180 people in Nigeria.

2: 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.

3: Fake-News: 'Woman Gives Birth to a Baby Elephant'

According to this circulating report, a Norwegian woman has given birth to a baby elephant. The report claims that, after the 'half-human/half-elephant hybrid' baby was born, millions of Hindus began a pilgrimage to 'Norwegia' to see the child. Supposedly, many Hindu practitioners believe that the child could be a reincarnation of the deity Ganesha.

4: Range Rover Giveaway Facebook Survey Scam

Message claims that, for the first time in Facebook history, two Range Rovers are being given away via the network. The message instructs you to like and share the post and click a link for a chance to win.

5: Nareepol Tree

Message claims that attached photographs show the "Nareepol Tree" in Thailand - an amazing tree that grows fruit in the shape of women. Another version claims the "naarilatha plant" grows in the Himalayas and only blooms with its woman shaped flowers once every twenty years.

6: Vladimir Putin's Supposed Speech to the Duma on Minorities and Sharia Law

Widely circulated message claims that, in a February 4, 2013 speech to the Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly advised Russian minorities that they should speak Russian and adapt to Russian culture if they wish to live in the country and that, if they prefer Sharia Law, then they should go somewhere else to live.

7: Misleading Warning about Missed Calls From +375 and +371 Numbers

Message circulating via SMS, social media and email warns you not to return missed calls from numbers starting with +375 or +371 because you will be charged between $15 and $30 for each returned call and your contact list and financial information will be instantly stolen from your phone.

8: Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?

Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

9: Strawberry Quick Methamphetamine Warning

Messages warn that a form of strawberry colored and scented methamphetamine dubbed "Strawberry Quick" is being distributed to school children.

10: Seventeen Pound Russian Baby Photographs

Message claims that attached photographs show a 17 pound, 1 ounce (7.75 kg) baby born in Russia.

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