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1: Gang Initiation Warning Hoax - Infant Car Seat Left On Roadside

Warning message claims that criminals in the UK are placing infant car seats containing fake babies on the sides of rural roads as a means of tricking potential victims into stopping their cars so that gang members can rape and rob them as part of a gang initiation.

2: 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.

3: Social Media Messages Misinterpret Red Bull 'Gives You Wings' Class Action

Circulating social media messages - and some news headlines - suggest that Red Bull has been sued because consumers of the drink did not actually grow wings as per the company's slogan.

4: 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.

5: Ebola Zombie Hoax

Circulating rumours and reports claim that there has been a confirmed case of an Ebola victim rising from the dead in Africa. Many of the messages include an image that supposedly depicts this Ebola zombie.

6: 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.

7: Q33 NY Wingdings Hoax - Elevens and the Wrath of the Eagle

Email claims that entering Q33 NY in the Wingdings font reveals a combination of symbols that reflect the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. It also claims that a verse in the Quran predicts US involvement in Iraq and that "eleven" is a number with special significance to 9/11

8: Rat served in Asian Restaurant Hoax

Email claims that a popular restaurant in the US city of Atlanta has been shut down after the owner was caught accepting shipments of rats and mice to use in meals.

9: Misleading Protest Message Decries 'Ban' on Help For Heroes Armbands

Circulating protest message decries the "disgusting and un-patriotic" decision of a UK school to ban the wearing of Help for Heroes armbands by pupils after Easter, 2012.

10: MALWARE - Emma Watson 'Private Video' Facebook Message

A message being posted on Facebook invites users to click a link to view a salacious leaked video depicting Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.


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