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  • Debunks email and social media hoaxes
  • Thwarts Internet scammers
  • Combats spam
  • Educates web users about email, social media, and Internet security issues


  • Provides a resource where Internet users can check the veracity of email and social media messages
  • Counteracts criminal activity by publishing information about Internet scams


  • Shares anti-spam tips
  • Publishes computer and email security information
  • Features articles about true email forwards and social media posts

Hoax-Slayer - What We Do
We write about topics that are trending online or have been submitted by readers via email and social media.

We thoroughly research all articles published on Hoax-Slayer prior to publication. Our findings are based on information available via a variety of credible sources including other reputable websites, news articles, press releases, government or company publications and consumer alerts.

If required, we also contact companies, government departments, or other relevant entities directly to enquire about the veracity of particular messages.

Our articles include in-text hyperlinks and a separate reference list that allow you to check the information for yourself.

Researching Information

1: Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'

Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a "Privacy Notice" as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network and because Facebook has "chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of personal information".

2: 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.

3: Circulating Picture of Ferguson Protest Sign is Faked

Circulating image depicts a protester in the troubled city of Ferguson holding up a sign that reads 'No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store'.

4: Is Facebook Trying to Get Users to Remove a Nativity Scene Picture?

Widespread protest message warns that Facebook is trying to get users to remove a circulating Nativity Scene image because it may be offensive to some viewers.

5: Hoax - Julia Gillard Tells Muslims To Adapt or Leave

Widely circulated message claims that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia.

6: Eating Fido in LA? - Hoax Report Claims American Restaurant Given Permission To Sell Dog Meat

A circulating report claims that a Los Angeles restaurant called Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining has been given permission to sell and consume dog meat and is allowed to slaughter up to three dogs per day for that purpose.

7: Fake Costco Order Notification Leads to Malware

Email purporting to be from Costco thanks you for your recent order and invites you to view order details by clicking a link.

8: Christopher or Jessica Davies Hacker Hoax Warning

Message warns recipients not to accept a friend request from Christopher Davies or Jessica Davies because they are hackers who can gain access to your computer and the computers of your friends as well.

9: 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.

10: 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.

Don't Worry! Beanie Babies are NOT Hatching Spiders
Circulating report claims that Beanie Baby stuffed toys made in the 90's were filled with spider eggs and that these eggs are finally hatching their horde of baby brown recluse spiders.

Published: November 7, 2014

HOAX - 'Death Row Inmate Requests Child as Last Meal'
Circulating report claims that a Texas death row inmate convicted of murder and cannibalism has requested a little boy as his last meal and that the Department of Corrections has accepted the request. The report features a photograph of the supposed inmate.

Published: October 31, 2014

Norman Reedus is NOT Dead
Circulating social media rumour claims that American actor Norman Reedus has died. Reedus plays the character Daryl Dixon in 'The Walking Dead'.

Published: October 30, 2014

HOAX - 'NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness'
A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between the 16th and the 22nd of December due to a solar storm.

Published: October 27, 2014

'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam
Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 "pieces of iPad 2" to users who share an image and like the Page.

Published: October 21, 2014

Banksy Has NOT Been Arrested -Report is a Hoax
Circulating report claims that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been arrested in London and his identity has finally been revealed.

Published: October 21, 2014

Bleach Ebola Cure Hoax
Circulating social media message claims that drinking or injecting household bleach will cure Ebola and stop you from becoming infected.

Published: October 20, 2014

Nonsensical Report Claims Ebola Not Real
A circulated report, supposedly penned by a nurse from Ghana claims that Ebola is not real. The report claims the Red Cross is injecting people with poison and pretending that they are subsequently dying of Ebola as a means of furthering sinister Western interests.

Published: October 17, 2014

MALWARE: ‘Important - New Outlook Settings’ Email
Email with the subject line 'Important - New Outlook Settings' advises you to click a link to download instructions before updating settings for Microsoft. Outlook.

Published: October 17, 2014

Current Ebola Related Hoaxes
Here we list the current crop of Ebola related hoaxes.

Published: October 17, 2014


Meet Team Hoax-Slayer

Brett and Deborah Christensen

Research, writing, web-development, social networking, and business management

Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes most of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.

Deborah began working with Brett on Hoax-Slayer in late 2014. She conducts research and development for the site and helps to manage Hoax-Slayer's social media feeds.

Brett and Deborah Christensen

Matthew Christensen

Coding, web-development, site maintenance: Matthew converts Brett's articles to web format and publishes them on the site. He also prepares and sends the site newsletter and performs many other day-to-day maintenance tasks. Matthew is attending university with the goal of attaining a multi-media degree.

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Coding, web-development, site maintenance: Cameron looks after the mobile version of the Hoax-Slayer website and contributes to web development and general site maintenance. He is studying web development online.

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After you've encountered hoaxes of various types, they get easier to detect. Armed with a bit of foreknowledge, you'll find you can 'smell' a hoax as soon as it hits your inbox or social network. Our Internet Hoaxes page provides many different hoax examples divided into hoax catagories.

Help Your Friends:

After you've been hoax-slaying for a while, you might find that you are able to help your friends stay safe online by informing them that something they have posted is a scam or a hoax. In fact, you may find that your friends start asking you to check messages they have received. That is exactly how Hoax-Slayer got started.

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