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  • BBB Scam Tracker
    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the US has launched a handy Scam Tracker that makes it easy for US residents to stay informed about scams that may be occurring in their area.

    Published: April 1, 2015



  • Tanner Dwyer Friend Request Hacker Hoax
    Circulating social media message warns users that accepting friend requests from Tanner Dwyer, Christopher Butterfield, Stefania Colac or Alejando Spiljner can allow hackers to access your computer and steal personal information.

    Updated: April 1, 2015

  • Facebook Event Scams Promise Free Southwest Airlines Tickets
    A number of Facebook Event pages that claim to be associated with US based Southwest Airlines are currently being promoted across the network.

    Updated: April 1, 2015

  • Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error or because nobody was home. The messages instruct recipients to open an attached file or click a link to read more information about the package.

    Updated: April 1, 2015

  • Yahoo Account Confirmation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from Yahoo, your account has security issues and you must therefore click an “Authentication Page” button to visit your account and deal with the problems.

    Published: April 1, 2015

  • These April Fools' Day Hoaxes Still Circulate
    Here we revisit some popular April Fools' Day hoaxes that have circulated in years gone by. Once launched, such stories often continue to circulate for years on end. And, all year round, not just on April 1.

    Published: April 1, 2015

  • 8 Hoaxes Featuring Strange and Fabulous Creatures
    Here we discuss 8 popular hoaxes that feature mermaids, monsters, giants, and other strange creatures.

    Updated: March 31, 2015

  • Virgin Media 'Urgent Billing Update' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from Virgin Media, you have been set up to receive bills from the company online. Supposedly, the company is upgrading to a new and improved payment system and you must therefore urgently upgrade your billing details or risk losing your email address.

    Published: March 31, 2015

  • Spurious Health Tip - Onion on Feet to Take Away Illness
    Circulating health tip claims that placing raw onion on your feet can take away illness by absorbing toxins from the body. The message claims that onion placed on the bottom of your feet can gain direct access to your internal organs via "meridians" in your body.

    Updated: March 31, 2015

  • Hoax - 'Giant Skeleton Discovered In Bulgaria'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that archaeologists have unearthed a giant human skeleton in Bulgaria. The report features a picture depicting the skeleton with the archaeologists.

    Published: March 30, 2015

  • False Child Abduction Alert – 'Lilly Snatched From Surrey'
    Circulating social media message claims that 3-year-old Lilly was snatched from the surrey area of the UK within the last hour. The message includes a picture of the child along with the registration number and description of the car she was last seen in.

    Updated: March 30, 2015

  • [Video] 300 iPhones Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    As per usual, Facebook like-farmers continue to trick people into liking and sharing by offering the chance to win expensive prizes that do not exist. In this version of the scam, a bogus ‘IPhone 6s’ Facebook Page promises that you can win one of 300 iPhones just by liking the Page and a promotional post, adding a comment, and sharing the information with your friends.

    Published: March 30, 2015

  • E-ZPass Agent 'Unpaid Toll Road Bill' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from an agent at US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that you have an unpaid toll road bill and should open an attached file to review the invoice.

    Published: March 30, 2015

  • Yet Another Dying Widow Advance Fee Scam
    ’ve now been writing about scams and hoaxes for around 12 years. I have an archive containing thousands of advance fee scam emails. A goodly portion of them are very similar to the “dying widow” scam I’ve quoted below. But, despite a great deal of publicity about advance fee scams, people still fall for them. Every day. All over the world.

    Published: March 29, 2015

  • 'My Resume' Malware Emails
    Sometimes, the simplest criminal ruses are the most effective. One current malware campaign attempts to trick you into infecting your computer by opening what you believe is a simple resume.

    Published: March 29, 2015

  • [Video] Bogus 'Court Notice' Malware Emails Continue
    Criminals continue to use bogus “Notice to Appear in Court” emails to distribute malware. There are many variations of these malware messages.

    Published: March 29, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Netflix Account Cancellation'
    Message purporting to be from video streaming service Netflix claims that, due to a payment issue, your account will be cancelled unless you click a link and update credit card details.

    Updated: March 29, 2015

  • PayPal 'Payment Reversal' Phishing Scam
    According to the subject line of this email, which purports to be from PayPal, the company is investigating a payment reversal involving Apple.

    Published:March 29, 2015

  • AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax
    Message that lists the number of people in a particular group accused of various criminal or immoral activities claims that the group actually represents the 535 members of the Australian Parliament.

    Updated: March 28, 2015

  • Scam Calls From ‘911’ Threaten Legal Action
    In a new twist on the typical ‘arrest warrant’ phone scam, residents in Ohio have reported receiving bogus phone calls that seemingly come from the US emergency number 911.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • Facebook 'Your Account Will Be Disabled' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from 'Facebook Safety' claims that your account has been breaking Facebook rules and it will be permanently disabled if you do not click a link to perform an account recovery.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • Slack Reports Data Breach
    Team collaboration platform Slack has reported a March 2015 security incident in which hackers gained unauthorized access to user profiles.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • American Express ‘Unusual Activity’ Phishing Scam
    According to this email, unusual activity on your American Express account has raised security concerns and you need to click a link to login and secure your account.

    Published: March 28, 2015

  • Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax - 'Facebook Overpopulated'
    Messages claim that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.

    Updated: March 28, 2015

  • Brand New Blog For Hoax-Slayer
    We are thrilled to announce a brand new addition to Hoax-Slayer! This blog is a companion publication to the main Hoax-Slayer website. It works hand in glove with the main website.

    Published: March 27, 2015

  • MattyB Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page supposedly associated with young rapper MattyB claims that the star is giving away $100,000 and a new car to one lucky fan. To enter, claims the post, all you need do is like the Page and share and like the promotional image.

    Published: March 25, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Cloned Prehistoric Owl Plucks Out Scientist's Eyeballs'
    A circulating 'news' report claims that scientists in Brazil have successfully cloned an extinct prehistoric owl using DNA from remains found in a cave. But, claims the report, things took a tragic turn when the owl attacked one of the scientists, gouging out his eyes and rendering him permanently blind.

    Published: March 25, 2015

  • Don't Assume All Your Friends Know About These Six Internet Scams
    Perhaps you are already pretty Internet savvy and can easily recognize these six common Internet scams. But, don't assume that all of your friends and family know about them as well. You might be quite surprised!

    Published: March 24, 2015

  • Driver and Vehicle License Agency (DVLA) Payment Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the UK's Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) claims that you are eligible for a refund from a previous payment and should click a link to complete a refund application.

    Published: March 24, 2015

  • 'Unable to Display Message' Spam Emails Open Fake BBC 'Health' Site
    mails claiming that a message could not be displayed or can only be read in your browser invite you to click a link to view the supposed message.

    Updated: March 20, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from a bank or other financial institution claims that you have received a secure message that you can read by opening an attached file.

    Updated: March 20, 2015

  • Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs
    Message claims that attached photographs show a new speed control tactic that consists of laying very realistic looking fake pothole stickers on the roadway.

    Updated: March 19, 2015

  • ATO Tax Refund Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and should open an attached .zip file for further details.

    Updated: March 19, 2015

  • MALWARE - 'Urgent Notice Online Transaction Cancelled'
    According to an 'urgent' email that is currently hitting inboxes, an online transaction recently sent from your bank account has been cancelled by your bank.

    Published: March 17, 2015

  • Pepsi Car Wrap Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that you can make $350 per week just by displaying advertisements for Pepsi on your car.

    Published: March 17, 2015

  • Qantas 'Free First Class Flights' Like-Farming Scam
    According to Facebook Pages currently being promoted across the network, Australian airline Qantas is giving away free first class flights for all of 2015.

    Updated: March 16, 2015

  • 'If You Lose Your Mobile' IMEI Retrieval Tip
    Circulating message claims that you can key in *#06# on your mobile phone to retrieve the device's unique IMEI number. It notes that recording this number could be helpful if your phone is lost or stolen.

    Published: March 16, 2015

  • Facebook Deleting Inactive Likes Warning Messages
    Various messages warning that Facebook is now deleting inactive likes from Facebook Pages are circulating vigorously across the network. However, the messages are misleading and are apparently derived from a misinterpretation of a recent Facebook news update.

    Published: March 16, 2015

  • Three Facebook Related Hoaxes That Just will NOT Die
    Here we discuss three Facebook hoaxes that keep resurfacing at regular intervals, year in year out.

    Published: March 13, 2015

  • Product Barcode Country Identification
    Circulating message claims that consumers can identify what country a product was manufactured in by analyzing the first 3 digits of the product's barcode.

    Updated: March 13, 2015

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