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  • No, Adidas is NOT Giving Free Shoes to Everyone Who Clicks a Facebook Post
    According to a post that is circulating rapidly on Facebook, Adidas is giving free shoes to everyone as a means of celebrating its birthday. The post urges you to click to get your shoes while supplies last.

    Published: February 9, 2016



  • Mercedes Benz E63 AMG Giveaway Facebook Scam
    According to this Facebook post, you can get a chance to win one of two Mercedes Benz E63 AMG cars that are being given away by the car maker for the ‘first time in Facebook History’.

    Published: February 8, 2016

  • Fake-News Report Claims US Mother Gave Birth to 17 Babies at Once
    According to a supposed news report that is commonly shared via social media, a woman in the United States has given birth to 17 babies at once thereby setting a new world record.

    Published: February 5, 2016

  • ‘BP Fuel Card e-Bill’ Excel Macro Malware Email
    This email purports to be from a fuel card provider and claims to contain an e-bill for a BP fuel card in an attached Microsoft Excel file.

    Published: February 5, 2016

  • Fake Debt Collection Scam Emails
    According to this email, a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you failed to pay a debt. The email, which purports to be from a US based law firm, warns that your Social Security Number and ‘income paychecks’ are about to be put on hold and you will be blacklisted from getting any job.

    Published: February 4, 2016

  • Facebook Posts Asking You to Type ‘Amen’ To Help Children or Animals Are Like-Farming Scams Not Hackers
    According to a would-be warning message that is currently circulating rapidly via social media, you should not enter ‘amen’ under Facebook posts about children, animals, or old people because the posts are from hackers.

    Updated: November 24, 2015

  • Wegmans Grocery Coupon Scam Hitting Facebook
    Facebook scammers are currently targeting US based supermarket chain Wegmans. A circulating scam post claims that you can click to receive a $200 Wegmans grocery coupon.

    Published: February 2, 2016

  • Coca Cola 24 Pack Giveaway Facebook Scam
    According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, Coca Cola is giving EVERYONE who participates a free 24 pack of Coke. The post claims that coke is offering the freebie as a means of celebrating its birthday and urges you to click to get yours now while supplies last.

    Published: February 2, 2016

  • ‘Due to the Rate of Phishing’ Security Update Email is Itself a Phishing Scam
    In a rather ironic twist, this phishing scam message uses the threat of phishing as a cover story designed to trick people into divulging their email account login details. The email, which purports to be from the IT Department for Microsoft Outlook, claims that new security updates are being implemented ‘due to the rate of phishing’.

    Published: February 2, 2016

  • TRUE – Apple Recalls Power Adapters
    A number of warning messages are currently circulating that claim that Apple has recalled a range of its device power adapters due to a potential risk of electric shock. The claims in the warnings are true. Apple has indeed issued a recall.

    Published: February 1, 2016

  • Fake Google ‘Undeliverable Message’ Email Opens Pharmacy Spam Website
    This email, which claims to be from ‘Google Service’, supposedly notifies you that you have undeliverable messages. The email, which features the familiar Google logo, includes a ‘more information’ link and ‘View messages’ button that supposedly allow you to access the alleged ‘undeliverable messages'.

    Published: February 1, 2016

  • Circulating ‘Gate of Heaven’ Image is Digital Artwork Not a Photo Taken From Hubble
    A rather compelling star scene image that is circulating via social media and the blogosphere has been dubbed by some as the ‘Gate of Heaven’. Others claim that the image depicts ‘cosmic ice sculptures’ in the Carina Nebula.

    Published: February 1, 2016

  • Cybercriminals Using Text Messages to Distribute PayPal Phishing Scams
    Traditionally, phishing scams – including the seemingly endless stream of scam messages designed to steal your PayPal account details – have mainly been distributed via email. But, of course, criminals are quite willing to use any means at their disposal to find new victims. And, increasingly, these criminals are turning to phone text messages to achieve their nefarious goals.

    Published: January 28, 2016

  • No, (Insert Name of Fast Food Outlet) is NOT Giving Away Lifetime Passes For Free Food
    Facebook is currently being flooded by posts that claim that you can get free lifetime passes to various popular fast food outlets. The posts claim that you can enjoy free food from the specified restaurant for life by clicking a link and following the instructions to claim your ‘lifetime pass’.

    Published: January 28, 2016

  • Beware Of Tax Related Phone Scams
    Scammers pretending to be government taxation officials continue to target residents in several countries including the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

    Updated: January 27, 2016

  • KFC ‘Free Lifetime Pass’ Facebook Survey Scam
    According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can get a free ‘lifetime pass’ to KFC by clicking a link. Supposedly, this ‘limited time offer’ will allow you to ‘enjoy KFC for lifetime’ and is a way for the company to celebrate its 85th Anniversary.

    Published: January 25, 2016

  • Card Cutter Car Robbery Hoax Warning
    According to this would-be warning message, which is circulating rapidly via social media, criminals are using cutters concealed behind name cards to slash the faces of unsuspecting drivers in order to rob them.

    Published: January 25, 2016

  • ‘You Have Received a 5 Page fax’ Email Contains Malware
    According to this email, which at first glance appears to come from popular online fax service eFax, you have received a five page fax. The email, which features the eFax logo along with a fax reference number and other details, claims that you can view your fax using your PDF reader.

    Published: January 22, 2016

  • ‘Apple & iCloud ID Cancellation’ Phishing Scam
    According to this email, your Apple ID is about to be removed from iCloud and all Apple services. The message claims that Apple needs to ‘fully verify’ your Apple ID to ‘comply with mandatory European Union (EU) legislation and to confirm your identity’.

    Published: January 21, 2016

  • The Ten Most Popular Hoax-Slayer Stories of 2015
    Here we take a little trip down memory lane and revisit some of the most popular stories published on Hoax-Slayer during 2015.

    Published: January 20, 2016

  • Powerball 2016 Like-Farming Scam Facebook Page
    According to a Facebook Page that calls itself ‘Powerball 2016’ you can get a share in recent Powerball wins just by liking and sharing posts, liking the Page, and commenting ‘Done’ when you are finished.

    Published: January 20, 2016

  • 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. The post warns about a scammer tactic in which your Facebook profile picture and name may be taken and used to create a new Facebook account in your name.

    Published: January 19, 2016

  • HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

    Updated: January 19, 2016

  • ‘Please Reply My Previous Email’ Scammer Ruse
    Lately, I’ve been receiving brief emails that ask me to ‘please reply to my previous email’. The emails have the rather accusatory ALL CAPS subject line ‘WAITING’, which implies that the original message was perhaps something important that I should by now have attended to. But, alas, a diligent search of my email account found no trace of the original message that I supposedly missed.

    Published: January 18, 2016

  • IRS ‘Information Records Recently Changed’ Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which claims to be from America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you are required to verify your billing information because your records have recently changed.

    Published: January 18, 2016

  • John And Lisa Give Back Scams
    In recent days, a number of websites have appeared that claim that Powerball winners John and Lisa Robinson are giving away a portion of their winnings to Internet users.

    Published: January 18, 2016


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  • HOAX - 'Cosmic Rays Entering Earth From Mars'
    Circulating message warns that potentially dangerous cosmic rays will be entering the Earth from Mars between 10:30 pm and 3:30 am tonight and users should switch off their mobile devices. The message claims that the information comes from BBC News.

    Updated: January 13, 2016

  • American Express 'Security Concern' Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which purports to be a notification from American Express, the company needs to speak to you regarding an account security.

    Updated: January 11, 2016

  • ‘Problem Calculating Your Return’ IRS Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from the IRS, there has been a problem calculating your tax return and with your filed Social Security Number (SSN). The message claims that the IRS has reviewed your tax information and, because it has ‘verified the possibility of identity theft’, your account has been locked.

    Published: January 8, 2016

  • ‘Invoice for Penalty Charge Notice’ Malware Email
    This email purports to be an invoice related to a traffic offence penalty charge notice. According to the email, the sender has paid the fine on your behalf to prevent it from escalating further.

    Published: January 7, 2016

  • Audi R8 Facebook Giveaway Scam
    Facebook Page claims that you can win an Audi R8 car just by liking the page, commenting with your desired colour, and sharing a promotional post.

    Updated: January 6, 2016

  • Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces
    Scammers posing as court officials are calling people and claiming that they have missed a scheduled jury duty date and must therefore pay an immediate fine or face serious legal consequences.

    Updated: January 5, 2016

  • Burundanga Business Card Drug Warning
    Email warning claims that criminals are attempting to incapacitate women in order to rob or rape them by handing them business cards laced with a powerful drug called Burundanga

    Updated: September 28, 2015

  • ‘Your Account Has Been Blacklisted’ Email Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which claims to be from ‘Mail Services’, your email account has been blacklisted. The message advises you to click a button to remove the supposed blacklist and ‘renew’ your account.

    Published: January 4, 2016

  • ‘Win a Carnival Cruise’ Facebook Survey Scam
    According to a post currently being distributed across Facebook, you can win tickets for a Carnival Cruise just by sharing the post and then clicking a link that supposedly opens a Carnival Cruise website where you can enter.

    Published: January 4, 2016

  • 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’.

    Published: January 4, 2016

  • ‘St.George Website Changes’ Phishing Scam Email
    This email, which purports to be from Australian bank St.George, supposedly notifies customers that the bank’s website is set to be redesigned in coming days. It claims that you can click a link to review the upcoming changes and advises that you will need to ‘re-bookmark’ the site because the web address will change.

    Published: January 1, 2016

  • Kroger ‘40% Off Voucher’ Survey Scam
    According to a post currently being distributed across Facebook, you can follow a link to receive a 40% off voucher from US retailer Kroger.

    Published: December 18, 2015

  • Hoax - 'Dangerous 'New Known Spider' Spreading In Australia'
    Circulating message warns you to watch out for a very dangerous 'new known spider' that is spreading across Australia. The message includes a picture of the spider along with a series of images supposedly depicting a wound caused by a bite from one of the spiders.

    Updated: December 17, 2015

  • Department of Human Services ‘Qualification for 2015 Subsidy Benefit’ Scam Email
    This email, which purports to be from Australia’s Department of Human Services, supposedly informs you about ‘your qualification for 2015 subsidy benefit’. The email advises you to reply with your personal and financial information to ‘affirm your eligibility’ for the subsidy.

    Published: December 17, 2015

  • Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue (Or Gold)
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.

    Updated: December 12, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: December 9, 2015

  • No, Mark Zuckerberg is NOT Giving Millions of Dollars to Facebook Users Who Copy and Paste a Message
    This viral Facebook message claims that Mark Zuckerberg is giving $45 million to ordinary Facebook users. Supposedly, all you need do for a chance of being randomly selected as one of a thousand people to receive $4.5 million is copy and paste the message and tag five to ten of your friends.

    Published: December 7, 2015

  • FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package en route to the recipient has been returned due to an addressing error and that he or she must open an attached file to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.

    Updated: December 7, 2015

  • Bogus Skype ‘Deferred Notification’ Email Opens Pharmacy Spam Site
    According to this email, which claims to be from the ‘Skype team’, you have ‘deferred notifications’ waiting for you. The email invites you to click a link to view your notifications.

    Published: December 3, 2015

  • Hoax News Story Falsely Reports ISIS Attacks in Glasgow, Cheshire, and South Yorkshire
    According to several hoax news reports that are currently being distributed via social media, an ISIS terrorist attack has killed more than 20 people in the UK and injured many others. These reports are untrue.

    Published: December 3, 2015

  • Telstra 'Refund Bill Account' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company Telstra claims that the customer is owed a refund due to a billing error.

    Updated: December 3, 2015

  • Recycled Hoax Falsely Claims Maryborough Mayor Refused to Remove Pork From School Canteens After Muslim Demands
    According to a message that is being passed around via social media, the blogosphere, and email, the mayor of the Australian city of Maryborough has refused to comply to the demands of the local Muslim community to remove pork from school cafeterias in the district.

    Published: December 2, 2015

  • PayPal ‘You Sent a Payment to Kogan’ Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which appears to be from PayPal, you have sent a payment of $299 (or $199) to Australian online department store Kogan.

    Published: December 1, 2015

  • Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns users not to install the 'Christmas tree app' because it is a destructive trojan virus.

    Updated: December 1, 2015

  • Black Muslim in the White House Virus Hoax
    Message warns that an email attachment named 'Black in the White House' contains a damaging computer virus that can destroy the hard drive of the infected computer

    Updated: November 30, 2015

  • ‘Win Disney Vacation and $5000’ Facebook Scam
    According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, you can win a Disney World vacation for five people along with $5000 cash just by sharing, liking, commenting and then clicking a link to claim your entry.

    Published: November 30, 2015



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