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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: Giant Fraser River Sturgeon Photograph

Message claims that an attached photograph depicts an 11-foot long, 1000lb sturgeon caught by a group of fisherman

2: Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture

Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

3: MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email

Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

4: Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck

Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.

5: NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'

Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.

6: Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish

Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

7: Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale

A viral video appears to show a man taken by a killer whale as he walks along a beach.

8: Giant Snake on Digging Machine Image

Circulating message claims that an attached photograph depicts a massive 700 lb snake hanging on the boom of a digging machine. According to the message, the snake was pulled from a lake in Proctor, North Carolina.

9: HOAX - 'Calls to 0809 Area Code from UK will be Charged at £1500 Per Minute'

Circulating message that includes the letterhead of the Greater Manchester Police warns users not to ever dial the area codes 0809, 0284 and 0876 from the UK because such calls will be charged at £1500 per-minute.

10: HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'

Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.


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