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1: Photos of Old Car Collection Found in Portugal Barn

Email with attached photographs of an extensive collection of valuable old cars claims that a New York man discovered the vehicles locked in a barn on a property he bought in Portugal.

2: FAKE-NEWS: 'Prehistoric Shark Captured off Pakistan'

Circulating report claims that a giant prehistoric shark from a species that was thought to be extinct for 20 million years has been caught off the coast of Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.

3: 'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails

Emails purporting to be from the Clerk to the Court claim that recipients must appear in court on a specified date and should open a court notice contained in an attached file for further information.

4: Facebook Survey Scam - Free Tesco Voucher

Message appearing on Facebook claims that uses can receive a free Tesco Voucher just by clicking a link in the post.

5: SURVEY SCAM - 'Government Warning' About Bath Shampoo

'Government Warning' message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person's shoulder claims that the growth was caused by a type of bath shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the video to learn more about the 'disease'.

6: The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith

Email with a series of attached pictures claims that the pictures were created on a typewriter by the artist Paul Smith.

7: Bogus Warning – White Transit Van 'RH57 WSU' Trying To Steal Dogs

Message circulating virally via social media posts and email warns that a white transit van with the registration 'RH57 WSU' has been seen trying to steal dogs in various locations in the UK and elsewhere.

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: 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.

10: FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email

Emails purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package en route to the recipient has been returned due to an addressing error and that he or she must open an attached file or follow a link to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.


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