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  • Lauren and the *677 Police Dispatch Cell Phone Number
    Circulating message describes how a young woman named Lauren avoided being raped by a police impostor in an unmarked car by dialling *677 on her cell phone.

    Updated: April 27, 2015



  • Warning Claims ALDI Beef Products Contain 100% Horsemeat
    'Breaking News' story claims that ALDI USA has confirmed that their 'beef' products contain 100% horsemeat.

    Updated: April 27, 2015

  • 'Your Facebook Login is Removed' Malware Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from Facebook, your Facebook login has been removed.

    Published: April 27, 2015

  • Christopher or Jessica Davies Hacker Hoax Warning
    Message warns recipients not to accept a friend request from Christopher Davies or Jessica Davies because they are hackers who can gain access to your computer and the computers of your friends as well.

    Updated: April 27, 2015

  • Fake-News Story Claims AriZona Tea Contains Human Urine
    According to a circulating 'news' report, America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently investigated popular US beverage maker AriZona Tea and discovered that human urine is used as an active ingredient in the company's products.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Sydney Airport Hotel Reservation Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from the Reservations Department at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, claims that you have three rooms booked for tomorrow night.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Gas Saving Tips - Are They Really Saving You Anything?
    An email forward that started in 2007 has made the jump to Facebook, added a new bit, and is still as wrong as it ever was.

    Updated: April 24, 2015

  • Scam Facebook Page - 'Facebook International Lottery Program'
    The purpose of the so-called 'Facebook International Lottery Program' Page is to make the claims made in advance fee scam messages appear more legitimate.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Were Cages Placed Over Graves in Victorian Times to Trap the Undead?
    Circulating message that features an image depicting a grave covered by a sturdy iron cage claims that the cages were used in Victorian times to keep vampires and zombies from escaping should they rise from the dead.

    updated: April 23, 2015

  • Misleading Warning Claims You Can Expose Facebook Hackers by Looking in Active Sessions
    According to a 'warning' message currently circulating on Facebook, you can see how many people are currently hacked into your Facebook account by examining Active Sessions in your account's security settings

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • Don't Worry! Beanie Babies are NOT Hatching Spiders
    Circulating report claims that Beanie Baby stuffed toys made in the 90's were filled with spider eggs and that these eggs are finally hatching their horde of baby brown recluse spiders.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • Range Rover Giveaway Facebook Survey Scam
    Message claims that, for the first time in Facebook history, two Range Rovers are being given away via the network. The message instructs you to like and share the post and click a link for a chance to win.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • HSBC 'Payment Advice' Malware Email
    This malware email purports to be a payment advice from Global Payments and Cash Management at HSBC.

    Published: April 23, 2015

  • 'Toasted Skin Syndrome' From Laptop Warning
    Health warning circulating in the form of a graphic claims that using a laptop computer across your legs can cause a heat related condition known as 'toasted skin syndrome' that may lead to skin cancer.

    Updated: April 23, 2015

  • Jeremy Clarkson is NOT Dead - Clarkson Targeted in Nasty Death Prank Message
    According to a 'BBC Breaking News' post being distributed via social media, ex Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been found dead in his Oxfordshire home.

    Published: April 23, 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 23, 2015

  • Scan From Xerox WorkCentre Pro Malware Emails
    Malware emails that claim that an attached document 'was scanned and sent to you using a Xerox WorkCentre Pro' are currently hitting Inboxes.

    Published: April 22, 2015

  • Nicotine in Tim Hortons Coffee Hoax
    Message claims that Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Hortons, adds nicotine to its coffee and that patrons have suffered serious health problems as a result.

    Updated: April 22, 2015:

  • 'Baby Born With Heart Outside Body' Sick Baby Hoax
    According to a post currently circulating via Facebook, you can help a baby born with his heart outside his body just by sharing his image. Supposedly, Facebook has decided to donate $1 to help the child each time the post is shared on the network.

    Published: April 22, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Retired CIA Agent Confesses to Killing Marilyn Monroe'
    Circulating report claims that a retired CIA agent on his deathbed has confessed to assassinating Marilyn Monroe and a number of other people on orders from the American Government.

    Published: April 22, 2015

  • How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax
    Message claims heart doctors recommend that recipients learn 'Cough CPR', a procedure that involves vigorous coughing as a potential means of surviving a heart attack when alone.

    Updated: April 21, 2015

  • Tesco Bank 'Changes to Interest Rate' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which has the subject line 'Tesco Bank Changes to Interest rate', you can view the latest interest rate news and changes from Tesco Bank by opening an attached file.

    Published: April 21, 2015

  • Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
    Circulating message questions the mystery of a modern astronaut figure carved onto the wall of a centuries old cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.

    Updated: April 21, 2015

  • 1970 Dodge Charger Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Posts currently being distributed on Facebook claim that you can win a 1970 Dodge Charger just by liking and sharing a post, adding a comment stating what colour car you would like should you win, and liking the Page the post originates from.

    Published: April 21, 2015

  • Fake STD 261 Form Email Contains Malware
    This email claims that all employees are required to fill out an 'STD 261' form contained in an attached file. Supposedly, the form is an 'Authorization to Use Privately Owned Vehicle on State Business' and is sent out annually.

    Updated: April 21, 2015

  • Fake News - 'California Bans All .45 ACP Ammunition'
    According to a report that is currently circulating the Interwebs at speed, California has just implemented a state-wide ban on the sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammunition.

    Published: April 20, 2015

  • iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the iTunes store lists orders supposedly made via the user's Apple account. The email informs users that, if they suspect that their account has been hijacked, they should click a link and supply information to rectify the issue.

    Updated: April 20, 2015

  • Elephant Encounter Story - Not the Same Elephant
    Circulating message tells the tale of a man who, twenty years after helped a young wild elephant with a sore foot, believes that he has encountered the same elephant, a belief that ends in tragedy.

    Updated: April 20, 2015

  • Scam Facebook Event Uses Free Delta Airline Tickets As Bait
    According to a 'Fly Delta' Facebook Event that is currently being promoted across the network, you can get two free Delta airline tickets by joining the event, inviting 300 people, adding a comment, and clicking a 'Find Tickets' link.

    Published: April 20, 2015

  • Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
    Message claims that an attached image depicting Europe and Africa from space when the sun is setting is a photograph taken on the last mission of doomed space shuttle Columbia.

    Updated: April 19, 2015

  • Circulated Warning Claims That Superheated Water In Microwave Can Explode
    Message claims that a cup of water boiled in a microwave oven can "blow up" and cause injury.

    Updated: April 17, 2015

  • 'New Unknown Species' Facebook Video Survey Scam
    Post being shared on Facebook claims that a new unknown species has been discovered in Africa and invites you to click an image of the creature to see video footage.

    Published: April 17, 2015

  • Rejected Electronic Payments Association Bill Transfer Malware Email
    According to this email, the Electronic Payments Association rejected a Bill Pay transfer from your online banking account.

    Published: April 17, 2015

  • Urban Legend - Car-Jacking Scheme Warning - Paper on Rear Window
    Message warns of a new car-jacking scheme in which paper is placed on the back window of parked cars as a ruse to get a driver to leave his or her vehicle so that the thieves can easily steal it.

    Updated: April 17, 2015

  • Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning
    Circulating health message warns recipients not to eat shrimp or prawns while taking vitamin C because it can cause a chemical reaction that can lead to sudden death by arsenic poisoning.

    Updated: April 16, 2015

  • Microsoft Easter Promotion Lottery Scam
    According to this message, your email address has emerged as a winner of the Microsoft Easter Promotion and you have therefore been awarded a cash prize of £950,000.

    Published: April 16, 2015

  • Cancer Info From Johns Hopkins Hoax Email
    Emailed collection of cancer related tips and information claims to originate from world-renowned medical research facility, Johns Hopkins.

    Updated: April 16, 2015

  • Virgin Australia eTicket Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from Virgin Australia, simply thanks you for choosing to travel with the airline.

    Published: April 16, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM: 'Wat are u Doing in This Video' Facebook Message
    Facebook personal message claims that the sender has seen you in an online video and suggests that you go to a website and skip to a specified place in the video to see yourself.

    Updated: April 16, 2015

  • 5 Current Malware Emails To Watch Out For
    Here are five of the most common malware emails currently hitting inboxes.

    Updated: April 15, 2015

  • Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax
    Message warns that a free key holder being handed out at petrol stations contains a hidden device that is being used by criminals to track the movements of potential victims.

    Updated: April 15, 2015

  • Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams
    Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.

    Updated: April 15, 2015

  • Martin Lawrence is NOT Dead
    Posts claiming that US comedian and actor Martin Lawrence has died are circulating vigorously via social media.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Fake Vodafone Bill Emails Contain Malware
    Inboxes are currently being hammered by 'bill' emails purporting to be from mobile phone service provider Vodafone.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Did a Total Stranger REALLY Leave You $17 Million in His Will?
    If you've been using the Internet for any length of time, chances are you've received emails pretty similar to the example I've discussed in this article.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Bogus 'ISGEC Heavy Engineering' Invoice and Payment Slip Email Contains Malware
    This email, which was supposedly sent by the accounts department at ISGEC Heavy Engineering, claims that you can review a Proforma Invoice for a recent purchase by opening an attached file.

    Published: April 14, 2015

  • Baby With Bong Protest Message
    Facebook message that features a young woman holding a bong to a baby's mouth asks users to spread the photo so that the woman will not regain custody of the child.

    Updated: April 14, 2015

  • Disney World '50th Year Anniversary Ticket Giveaway' Facebook Scam
    Supposedly, a 'Disney World' Facebook Page that is being heavily promoted across the network is giving users a chance to win 5 tickets for a 7 day Disney World vacation with 5 star accommodation, park passes, and $2000 cash.

    Published: April 14, 2015

  • Facebook Scam - 'Guy Removes Blackhead' Post
    This message, which is making its way rapidly around Facebook, claims that you can click to see the terrifying outcome when a 'guy removes his blackhead'. The post features a picture of said blackhead.

    Updated: April 14, 2015

  • Seven Classic Email Hoaxes Of Days Gone By
    Here we revisit seven classic email hoaxes that got forwarded around the planet and back again multiple times.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax
    Circulating message claims that a child went missing at Legoland but was later found with a shaved head and new clothes, drugged in a stroller, and ready to be taken out of the theme park by his would-be abductors

    Updated: April 13, 2015

  • Microsoft Outlook 'Discontinue Support' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from the 'Outlook.com Team', on 11 May, 2015, Microsoft Outlook will 'discontinue support on your account and security'.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • Don't Panic! Nutella is NOT Going to be Discontinued
    According to a message that is currently circulating the Interwebs, much loved hazelnut chocolate spread, Nutella will be discontinued by the end of 2015.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • Cold Water Causes Cancer Warning Message
    Message claims that drinking cold water after a meal will solidify 'oily stuff' present in the food consumed and will lead to cancer. A new version recommends drinking warm water with meals and tacks on unrelated information about heart attacks.

    Updated: April 13, 2015

  • ANZ 'Manditory Account Verification' Phishing Scam
    According to this 'online alert' email, which purports to be from the ANZ bank, a manditory (sic) account verification is underway and you are required to help perform this check by clicking a link and signing into your account.

    Published: April 13, 2015

  • Willie Nelson is NOT Dead
    'News' report claims that legendary country music star Willie Nelson has been found dead at his Maui home. Rumours derived from the report are circulating via social media.

    Updated: April 12, 2015

  • Does a Viral Image Depict a Monkey Saving a Puppy From An Explosion?
    Circulating message claims that an attached picture shows a monkey saving a small puppy from a factory explosion in China.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Calls to 0809 Area Code from UK will be Charged at £1500 Per Minute'
    Circulating message that includes the letterhead of the Greater Manchester Police warns users not to ever dial the area codes 0809, 0284 and 0876 from the UK because such calls will be charged at £1500 per-minute.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • Administrator 'Internal Only' Malware Email
    This malware email, which claims to be from the 'Administrator', warns rather cryptically that the linked file is INTERNAL ONLY.

    Published: April 10, 2015

  • KFC 'Genetically Manipulated Organisms' Hoax
    Message claims that fast-food outlet KFC changed its name from Kentucky Fried Chicken because it uses genetically manipulated organisms rather than real chickens and therefore cannot legally use the word "chicken" in its name. As evidence, the message cites a "recent study" conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • Grandparent Phone Scams On the Rise
    Reports indicate that so-called 'grandparent' scams are increasingly common.

    Published: April 10, 2015

  • MALWARE - 'My New Photo' Emails
    Emails with the subject line and text 'my new photo :)' include an attached .zip file that supposedly contains the promised image.

    Updated: April 10, 2015

  • Facebook 'Shocking Video' Scam - 'Something Moving Inside Her Gums'
    Facebook Post featuring images of a young girl at the dentist claims that the little girl felt something moving around inside her gums. The post invites you to click a link to view video footage and see what was inside.

    Published: April 9, 2015

  • Live Ants In The Brain Hoax
    Warning claims that people have died after ants have entered their skulls by way of the ears and began eating their brains.

    Updated: April 9, 2015

  • 'Transfer Coordinator' Money Laundering Job Scam
    Email invites you to apply for a job as a 'Transfer Coordinator' by sending your resume to a specified Gmail address.

    Published: April 9, 2015

  • Bendigo Bank 'Morning Update' Malware Email
    A malware email professing to be a 'Morning Update' from Australia's Bendigo Bank is currently hitting inboxes.

    Published: April 9, 2015

  • Spurious Health Claim - 'Asparagus Can Cure Cancer'
    Long circulated Internet message claims that pureed asparagus can cure cancer. The message cites several cases as examples. It claims that the information came from one Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. and was printed in the 'Cancer News Journal' back in December 1979.

    Updated: April 9, 2015

  • Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.

    Updated: April 9, 2015

  • Don't be Fooled By Fake 'WhatsApp Calling' Invites
    Many WhatsApp users continue to be tricked by 'invite' scam messages claiming that they can activate a new voice-calling feature by following a link.

    Published: April 8, 2015

  • No, Facebook Is NOT Removing Veteran Amputee Images
    Circulating message claims that Facebook is removing images depicting veteran amputees because the images are considered offensive and against Facebook's Community Standards.

    Updated: April 8, 2015

  • Facebook Like-Farming Scam - 100 MacBook Laptop Giveaway
    Facebook Page claims that it is giving away 100 MacBook laptops. For a chance to win, users are instructed to like and share a photo of the prize, add a comment specifying their colour preference should they win, and like the Page.

    Published: April 8, 2015

  • Anti Text-Driving Message - Car Wedged Under Truck Image
    Message circulating on Facebook that features a photograph of a fatal car accident in which a red car is wedged under a large truck claims that the accident occurred because the driver was texting. The message asks people to share if they are against texting and driving.

    Updated: April 8, 2015



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