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  • Protest Message Claims Arab Man Refused to Sell Gas to Uniformed Soldier
    A boycott message going viral via social media claims that an Arabic worker at a Michigan gas station refused to sell gas to a uniformed U.S. Army reservist.

    Published: September 2, 2014



  • Kitty Cat-Astrophe! - 'Hello Kitty is Not a Cat'
    A recent revelation involving iconic cartoon character Hello Kitty has rocked the interwebs to its core. Shock horror. It seems that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat!

    Published: September 2, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Chemical Laced $100 Bills Placed on Cars to Kidnap Drivers'
    Circulating message claims that criminals are placing $100 bills laced with a debilitating chemical on cars as a means of making drivers who touch the note pass out so that they can be kidnapped or assaulted.

    Published: September 1, 2014

  • 'Don't Travel on the Tubes' Terror Threat Rumour
    Message circulating via SMS, social media, and email warns UK residents not to travel on the tubes tomorrow because of a possible terror threat. The warning claims that ALL Metropolitan Police have been called into work.

    Published: September 1, 2014

  • Ice Bucket Challenge Death Hoaxes
    Social media messages claim that teens have died when large tubs struck their heads while they participated in the ice bucket challenge meme that is currently circulating around the world. The articles include videos depicting the supposedly fatal stunts.

    Published: August 30, 2014

  • False Rumours Claim Joan Rivers Has Died
    Rumours circulating via social media suggest that US actress and comedian Joan Rivers has died. The rumours are untrue. Joan Rivers has not died.

    Published: August 29, 2014

  • Scam Callers Threaten Internet Disconnection
    Callers claiming to be from the technical department of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Telstra warn that your Internet service is about to be disconnected because hackers have accessed your computer or it has been infected with viruses.

    Published: August 29, 2014

  • Breaking Bad Season 6 Claim is a Hoax
    The interwebs have been all abuzz in recent days with rumours that popular TV series 'Breaking Bad' is set to return with a totally unexpected Season 6.

    Published: August 29, 2014

  • PHISHING - HSBC Bank 'Account Monitoring Process' Email
    Email claiming to be from HSBC bank advises you that your account has been suspended via an account monitoring process designed to protect you from fraudsters.

    Published: August 28, 2014

  • Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish
    Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

    Published: August 28, 2014

  • MALWARE - Order Number 'Thank You For Using Our Services' Email
    Email claims to be a notification about recent transaction and includes an order number, price, and payment method. It advises you to open an attached file for details about the purchase.

    Published: August 28, 2014

  • Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
    Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

    Published: August 27, 2014

  • Urgent Prayer Request for Northern Iraq Claims to be From Open Doors
    A circulating message, which purports to be from Christian support organization Open Doors, claims that there is a serious threat that all Christians in Northern Iraq may be beheaded within hours and calls for 'urgent prayer backing' to help those in danger.

    Published: August 27, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'K&L Gates Debt Recovery Notification'
    Debt recovery notification email purporting to be from K&L Gates claims that you have unpaid utility bills and must pay within three days or face court and possible eviction.

    Published: August 27, 2014

  • FAKE- NEWS: 'George Zimmerman Arrested in Ferguson'
    Circulating social media message claims that George Zimmerman, who shot and killed African American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been arrested in Ferguson after an altercation with two black teenagers.

    Published: August 26, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - Free $1000 Gift Card From Kmart
    A message circulating on Facebook says that you can claim a $1000 Kmart gift card for free by clicking a link.

    Published: August 26, 2014

  • Fake Adobe Invoice Email Contains Malicious Macro
    Email purporting to be from the Adobe Billing Department claims that you can view an invoice for Adobe services by opening an attached Microsoft Word document.

    Published: August 26, 2014

  • SCAM - 'Facebook Work From Home Program'
    Message claims that Facebook has launched a new 'Work From Home' program that will allow users to make money from the comfort of their own homes.

    Published: August 25, 2014

  • ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'Web Awards 2014' Notification Email
    Email claims that you have won three million US dollars in the 2014 Web industry award scheme.

    Published: August 25, 2014

  • FALSE - 'New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police About Illegal Activity'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that the new Facebook messenger app automatically alerts police when it detects messages mentioning illegal activities. According to the message, 250 people have already been arrested as a result.

    Published: August 25, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Sylvester Stallone Died in Horrible Car Accident'
    Facebook post claims that actor Sylvester Stallone has died in a car accident. The post features a teaser image of a crashed car and invites users to click a 'play' button to view video footage of the accident.

    Published: August 21, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts
    Circulating report claims that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.

    Published: August 21, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Baker & McKenzie' Court Notice Email
    Email purporting to be from law firm Baker & McKenzie claims that you are scheduled to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

    Published: August 20, 2014

  • FACEBOOK SCAM - 'Spiders Coming Out Of Guy's Leg'
    Facebook message featuring an image depicting a man with a strange growth on his thigh invites users to click a 'play' button to view spiders coming out of the man's leg.

    Published: August 19, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Free $250 McDonalds Gift Card'
    Message appearing on Facebook claims that you can click a link to get a McDonalds gift card worth $250.

    Published: August 18, 2014

  • Circulating Message Warns Parents About Kik Messenger App
    Social media driven warning message outlines an incident in which a 14-year-old girl was contacted via Kik Messenger by a man who tried to intimidate her into sending aninappropriate picture of herself via the app.

    Published: August 18, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - Robin Williams 'Goodbye' Video Message
    Message appearing on Facebook invites users to click a link to view an 'exclusive' video of Robin Williams saying goodbye with his cell phone.

    Published: August 15, 2014

  • UNFOUNDED - 'Kinder Joy Contains Wax Coating That Can Cause Cancer'
    Circulating warning claims that children's chocolate treat, Kinder Joy contains a wax coating that can cause cancer. It further claims that Styrofoam containers also have a wax coating.

    Published: August 15, 2014

  • Don't Get Caught by Celebrity Death Hoaxes and Scams
    This is a Knowledge Guide that explains how you can idenentify celebrity death hoaxes and scams.

    Published: August 14, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Upgrade Your Bigpond Account'
    Message purporting to be from Australian internet and email service provider Bigpond claims that unused accounts are being cancelled to create more space and you must therefore click a link to re-activate your account and prevent its permanent closure.

    Published: August 14, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email
    Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.

    Published: August 13, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.

    Published: August 5, 2014

  • Hulk Hogan is NOT Dead
    Rumours circulating via social media claim that wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has died.

    Published: August 5, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.

    Published: August 5, 2014

  • Gumtree 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from online buying and selling website Gumtree claims that you Gumtree account has been locked for security reasons and you must proceed with a verification process to restore access.

    Published: August 5, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Government Warning' About Bath Shampoo
    'Government Warning' message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person's shoulder claims that the growth was caused by a type of bath shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the video to learn more about the 'disease'.

    Published: July 31, 2014

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