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Hoax-Slayer:

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

Hoax-Slayer:

  • 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

Hoax-Slayer:

  • 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. How to Respond to Hoax Messages
    How do you respond if you see a social media post or email that you know is a hoax?

  2. SICK BABY SCAM: '1 Like = 1 Share'
    Circulating Facebook post that features a photograph of a baby with a large surgery scar across his face claims that liking the picture equates to a prayer for the child.

  3. Don't Get Caught! Fake Tiffany & Co. Facebook Page Promises Prizes for Liking and Sharing
    This Facebook Page supposedly belongs to famous jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. The Page claims that you can win fabulous prizes such as a £20,000 diamond ring, a Range Rover, and a £5000 spending spree just by liking and sharing.

  4. NONSENSE - 'All Americans Microchipped by 2017'
    Report claims that a 2007 NBC News segment predicted that all Americans would be microchipped by the year 2017. The reports suggest that the implanted RFID microchips will be used by the US government to control its citizens.

  5. HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'
    Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  6. 'Cloud Monster' Image
    A rather eerie image that supposedly depicts a strange 'cloud monster ' hovering above hills beside a highway is currently circulating the Internet.

  7. Killer House Plant Warning
    Message claims that an indoor plant that is commonly kept in homes and offices is so poisonous that it can kill a child in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes.

  8. Circulating Message Claims 'Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog'
    Circulating social media message claims that a newborn baby abandoned in a forest was carried across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to safety by a stray dog. The message features an image of a dog beside a baby on a bed.

  9. Capri Sun Mold Warning
    Message circulating virally via social media posts warns parents that mold has been found inside a container of the popular fruit drink Capri Sun. The message induces a photograph of the moldy beverage in a glass.

  10. Hoax - 'McDonald's Coffee Contains French Fry Grease'
    According to reports that are currently making their way around the Internet via social media, fast food giant McDonald's has admitted that its coffee contains french fry grease and is putting up signs in its outlets that warn customers about the additive.

  • Delixi Consults 'Payment Assistant' Job Offer Scam
    According to this email, a Chinese based company called 'Delixi Consults' would like to hire you as a payment assistant. Your job tasks, claims the message, would involve collecting customer checks and money orders, processing them via your bank account, and wiring the proceeds back to Delixi Consults via international money transfer.

    Published: July 22, 2015

  • False Claim - Colour of Squares on Tubes Denotes Chemical Content
    Circulating message claims that consumers can tell the chemical makeup of tube contents just by checking the colour of a small square at the bottom of the packaging.

    Updated: July 22, 2015

  • Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.

    Published: July 22, 2015

  • 'Exceptive Deduction for You' Malware Email
    According to this 'trade announcement' email, the sending company is going out of business and, as one of the company's ' best frequenters' you can take advantage of a final 70% off sale. The message urges you to open an attached file to view a priceless and access an 'identificational number' that you can produce to get your discount.

    Published: July 21, 2015

  • Mexican Largest Flower in the World Photo - 'Blooms Once Every Forty Years'
    Circulating message claims that an attached photograph shows a flower in Mexico that is the largest in the world and only blooms once every forty years for four days.

    Updated: July 21, 2015

  • 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For
    Facebook is a perfect venue for scammers to distribute their malicious messages and find new victims. Here are five current Facebook scams to watch out for.

    Updated: July 20, 2015

  • Nonsensical Fake-News Story Claims McDonald's Nuggets made from Aborted Fetuses
    According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, a McDonald's store in Alabama has been closed after health inspectors found a large collection of aborted fetuses and assorted body parts in rooms underneath the building. The report claims that the owners of the franchise were making their own 'chicken' nuggets out of the aborted fetuses.

    Published: July 20, 2015

  • Beware of Fake Facebook 'Prize' Pages That Claim to Belong to High-Profile Entertainers
    A scammer tactic that has become more common over the last year or so is to create fake Facebook Fan Pages that claim to be associated with various popular entertainers.

    Updated: July 19, 2015

  • How to Respond to Hoax Messages
    How do you respond if you see a social media post or email that you know is a hoax?

    Updated: July 17, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Facebook Set To Ban Religious Posts
    According to a circulating report, Facebook is set to implement new rules that will ban users from posting material that is in any way related to religion.

    Updated: July 17, 2015


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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.

Cameron Christensen

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.

Facebook Admin Team

Our three admins Steve (UK), David (US) and Shevaun (Australia) help keep our busy Facebook Page operating smoothly. Steve, David, and Shevaun give their time freely to help the Internet community and their contributions are greatly appreciated.




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Join the Fight

We can all be hoax-slayers! United, we can take back the Internet from the criminals, the spammers, and the pranksters. Here's how you can help:

Submit examples:

Submissions are an invaluable aid to Hoax-Slayer. Your submissions help us work out what hoaxes and scams are circulating at a given time. Submissions are one of the most important ways that we learn about new hoaxes and scams and chart how older versions are evolving over time.

Get Involved:

A great way to stay up-to-date with the latest hoaxes and scams is to get our newsletter or join us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Increase your scam literacy:

Perhaps you already have a good idea of how online scammers operate. If so, that's great! But, if you feel there might be some gaps in your knowledge, check out the resources in our Internet Scams page. Reviewing these articles should give you a great overview of the main types of online fraud and allow you to more easily recognize any scams that come your way.

Hone Your Nonsense Radar:

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.

Happy hoax-slaying!

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