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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.
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, 2014Banksy 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, 2014Bleach 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, 2014FAKE-NEWS: 'Obama Declares International Muslim Awareness Month'
A story circulating via social media and political blogs claims that US President Obama has declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month' in an effort to celebrate 'the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran'.
Published: October 17, 2014Nonsensical 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, 2014MALWARE: ‘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, 2014Current Ebola Related Hoaxes
Here we list the current crop of Ebola related hoaxes.
Published: October 17, 2014HOAX - 'U2's Bono Has Ebola'
Circulating report claims that U2's Bono has likely contracted the Ebola virus after caring for a dying Liberian man.
Published: October 16, 2014'Crabzilla'- Giant Crab Hoax Image Has Internet Abuzz
A circulating aerial image appears to depict a gigantic crab lurking just off the coast of Whitstable in the UK.
Published: October 14, 2014Singer Chayanne Targeted in Death Hoax
Messages spreading rapidly via social media claim that popular Puerto Rican singer Chayanne has died
Published: October 14, 2014
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