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Site Info

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. 'Hanging Naked Man' Orchid Flower Images
    Circulating message claims that attached images show the 'Naked Man' orchid, which has flowers that resemble tiny - and clearly male - figures.

  2. ‘Bananas Injected With HIV’ Hoax Warning
    According to would be warning messages that are circulating via social media and various fake-news reports, people are injecting HIV infected blood into bananas so you should not eat bananas that contain a red colour inside.

  3. Killer Insect ‘SOS Alert’ Hoax Warning
    According to a rather breathless ‘warning’ message that is currently circulating the interwebs at speed, you should watch out for a ‘killer insect’ that, if touched, ‘spreads virus to the place of bodily contact and circulates the entire human system in minutes’.

  4. Hoax - 'Your Cell Phone Has a Name'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that entering the last three digits of your cell phone number into a Facebook comment will reveal the "name" of your cell phone.

  5. HOAX - 'Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.

  6. Misleading Warning about Missed Calls From +375 and +371 Numbers Outline
    Message circulating via SMS, social media and email warns you not to return missed calls from numbers starting with +375 or +371 because you will be charged between $15 and $30 for each returned call and your contact list and financial information will be instantly stolen from your phone.

  7. Viral Facebook Post Warns About Facebook Cloning – Warning Is Valid
    Unlike many ‘security warnings’ that circulate via social media, this message describes a genuine security risk and Facebook users would do well to take notice.

  8. ‘Sonia Disowns Rahul’ Virus Hoax
    Message circulating via social media and SMS warns people not to accept a video called ‘Sonia disowns Rahul’ because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

  9. Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake
    Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach.

  10. ‘Account In Violation Of Terms Of Service’ Facebook Phishing Scam
    ‘Account In Violation Of Terms Of Service’ Facebook Phishing Scam


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About Brett

Hoax-Slayer is owned and operated by Brett Christensen from his home office in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. Bundaberg is a small city a few hours drive north of Brisbane and is famous for its rum, ginger beer and sugar cane.

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.

Brett Christensen




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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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