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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: Chinese Teleportation Road Rescue Video
Circulating video supposedly shows CCTV footage of a man being instantly teleported out of the path of an oncoming truck by a helpful alien, time traveller or angel.

2: MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email

Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

3: Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale

A viral video appears to show a man taken by a killer whale as he walks along a beach.

4: Russian Sleep Experiment Story
Article circulating online and via email tells the horrifying story of an experiment conducted by Russian researchers during the 1940's in which five prisoners were kept awake in a sealed environment for 15 days.

5: NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'
Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.

6: 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.

7: Do Water Filled Zip-Lock Bags with Added Pennies Keep Flies Away?
Long circulated tip claims that hanging a plastic bag half filled with water and containing four pennies will repel flies.

8: Instant Noodles do NOT contain a Wax Coating That Causes Cancer

Message circulating via social media claims that instant noodles have a wax coating to stop them from sticking together and that this wax can build up in your body and cause cancer.

9: Breast Larvae Infestation From Undergarments Hoax
Message that includes an image depicting an unusual rash on a woman's breast, claims that the rash harboured live larvae that were feeding off her fat, tissue, and milk canals.

10: Absurd Warning Claims That Monster Energy Drink Logo Hails Satan
Message circulating via email and the blogosphere warns that Monster Energy Drinks claw "M" logo is actually made up of the Hebrew letter vav repeated three times to make the number 666 and is therefore the mark of Satan.

MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email
Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

Published: July 15, 2014

Scammers Target Australian Residents Via Fake Virgin Airlines Calls
A number of people in different parts of Australia have reported receiving 'prize' calls claiming to be from Virgin Australia.

Published: July 15, 2014

NONSENSE: August 2014 Date Combination - 'Once Every 823 Years'
Circulating message claims that August 2014 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a phenomenon that occurs only once every 823 years. The message also claims that sharing the information will bring you money based on Chinese Feng Shui.

Published: July 11, 2014

Malware : E-ZPass Unpaid Toll Email Links to Malware Website
Email purporting to be from US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that the recipient has not paid for driving on a toll road and should click a link to download an invoice.

Published: July 11, 2014

Facebook Scam - 'Free Baby Relief Kit From Johnson'
Message being distributed on Facebook claims that you can get a free baby relief kit from Johnson's by clicking a link and following the instructions.

Published: July 9, 2014

Phishing: 'Expiration Of Your BTinternet Email'
Message purporting to be from BTInternet claims that you must update all of your 'informations' via an attached form or risk the 'expiration' of your BTInternet email.

Published: July 8, 2014

'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
Message circulating on Facebook claims that lost Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 was found by a sailor moments ago. The message is presented as a video that users can supposedly click for more information and features a screenshot of a downed plane.

Published: July 8, 2014

True but Outdated - 'Man Punching Dog' Protest Message
Viral social media message features an image depicting a man about to punch a dog held against a wall and another image showing the dog buried up to its neck in sand. The message asks that people share the images in the hope that the man can be recognized and arrested.

Published: July 7, 2014

Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam
Email claims that the user's email account has exceeded its storage limit and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password in order to restore full functionality. Some versions ask users to click a link in the message.

Updated: July 5, 2014

'Credit Card Expired' PayPal Email
Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that your credit card has expired and you must therefore click a link to update card details.

Published: July 4, 2014


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Meet Team Hoax-Slayer

Brett Christensen

Research, writing, web-development, social networking, and business management: Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes almost all of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.

Brett 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.

Matthew Christensen


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.

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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:

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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.

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