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  • PHISHING - PayPal 'We've temporarily limited your account ' Email
    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that the company needs your help resolving an issue with your account and asks you to open an attached file and follow the instructions.

    Published: October 23, 2014



  • 'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam
    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, 2014

  • Banksy 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, 2014

  • Bleach 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, 2014

  • FAKE-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, 2014

  • Nonsensical 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, 2014

  • MALWARE: ‘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, 2014

  • Current Ebola Related Hoaxes
    Here we list the current crop of Ebola related hoaxes.

    Published: October 17, 2014

  • HOAX - '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, 2014

  • Singer Chayanne Targeted in Death Hoax
    Messages spreading rapidly via social media claim that popular Puerto Rican singer Chayanne has died

    Published: October 14, 2014

  • MALWARE - Starbucks Card eGift Email
    Email claims that AT&T has sent you a Starbucks Card eGift valued at $20. The email instructs you to click a button to print out your Starbucks Card.

    Published: October 14, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'See Who Watched Your Profile'
    Facebook post claims that you can click a link to 'see who watched your profile'.

    Published: October 13, 2014

  • Hoax Message Claims Giant Ghatotkacha Skeleton Unearthed in India
    Circulating message featuring a photograph of a gigantic human skeleton laid out in a city plaza claims that the image shows the body of Ghatotkacha, a character from an ancient Indian epic.

    Published: October 13, 2014

  • FNBO Account Application Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) claims that your account application ahs been received and invites you to open an attached file to view documents about your application.

    Published: October 13, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: October 12, 2014

  • Three Malware Distribution Methods You REALLY Need to Know About
    Criminals use many ways to distribute malware. However, over recent years, they have repeatedly used the following three methods in their malware email campaigns.

    Published: October 12, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: October 9, 2014

  • Salt Water Ebola Prevention Hoax Leads to Deaths
    A social media hoax, which falsely claimed that drinking or bathing in salt water could prevent infection from the deadly Ebola virus, has reportedly led to at least two deaths.

    Published: October 9, 2014

  • Hoax Claims Jenni Rivera Faked Own Death
    Circulating report claims that famous Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera faked her own death in 2012 and now faces 15 years prison for fraud and conspiracy.

    Published: October 8, 2014

  • Vodafone 'One Unread Message' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that you have one unread message on your Online Vodafone Account and should click a link to view the message.

    Published: October 8, 2014

  • 'Invisible Art' Prank Fools Many Internet Users
    Circulating report, which features an image of art gallery visitors apparently staring at blank walls, claims that the visitors are viewing 'invisible art' created by artist Lana Newstrom. The report claims Newstrom's 'invisible art' pieces can sell for upwards of a million dollars each.

    Published: October 7, 2014

  • Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email
    Oft forwarded email claims that it is online friends day and a friend is sending your flowers. According to the email, the number of bouquet images in the email will increase each time it is forwarded.

    Published: October 7, 2014

  • Fake-News: 'Tax Refunds to be Delayed Until October 2015'
    Online 'news' story claims that, due to a directive from the Obama administration, tax refunds owed to American taxpayers will now be delayed until October 2015.

    Published: October 7, 2014

  • 'Reyfields Investigations' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from one Michael Reyfields of Reyfields Investigations claims that he is looking for the possible next of kin of a man who died intestate leaving unclaimed investments with the HSBC bank.

    Published: October 7, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: October 7, 2014

  • Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'
    Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.

    Published: March 13, 2014

  • 'Interested in Your CV' Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that a company is interested in your CV and invites you to apply for a job involving the 'payment control' of clients.

    Published: October 6, 2014

  • Fake-News: 'Sarah Palin Calls on Obama to Invade Ebola'
    Circulating report claims that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has called on President Obama to invade Ebola to deal with the 'dangerous and immediate threat to our freedoms and security' posed by the 'evil Ebola empire'.

    Published: October 6, 2014

  • Red Cross 'Job Offer' Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the American Red Cross claims that the organization is recruiting staff to work in a disaster zone and will pay workers $250 per day. To procure one of the positions, you are instructed to fill in a membership form and pay an 'enrollment' fee.

    Published: October 6, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: October 6, 2014

  • 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 off Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.

    Published: October 3, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Robert Mugabe Announces Plans For Final Solution Against White Racism'
    Circulating report claims that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has announced plans for a 'Holocaust' against white people in which every white man, woman, and child in Zimbabwe will be exterminated without mercy.

    Published: October 1, 2014

  • Misleading Protest Message Calls for KFC Boycott Due to Halal Hand Wipe Rules
    Protest message circulating via Facebook calls for a boycott of KFC after staff at a halal KFC branch in Leicester, UK, refused to give a customer hand wipes because they contain alcohol and might therefore break Islamic rules.

    Published: September 30, 2014

  • Viber 'Missed Call' Malware Email
    Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that you have a missed call waiting and invites you to click a link to listen to the message.

    Published: September 30, 2014

  • PHISHING - AOL Mail 'Exceeded Storage Limit' Email
    Message purporting to be from large US webmail provider AOL Mail claims that your email storage limit has been exceeded and you must therefore click a link to re-validate your mailbox.

    Published: September 29, 2014

  • Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
    Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.

    Published: September 29, 2014

  • Isis Door Knocking Warning Message is a Hoax
    A 'warning' circulating via social media websites and text messages claims that members of the terror group Isis are going door to door in Australia with a view to 'marking' Christian homes.

    Published: September 27, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
    Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.

    Published: September 26, 2014

  • 'HP Car Advertisement' Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from a firm called 'HP Car Advertisement' claims that you can earn $450 per week just by placing an 'auto wrap' advertising decal on your car and driving around as you normally do.

    Published: September 25, 2014

  • Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat was an Elaborate Hoax
    A threat to publish stolen nude photos of actress Emma Watson has turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

    Published: September 25, 2014

  • Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?
    Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

    Published: September 23, 2014

  • FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.

    Published: September 23, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'Texas to Legalize Marijuana Use'
    Circulating story claims that Texas has a new bill that will legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana from January 1, 2015.

    Published: September 22, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: September 22, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Facebook to Begin Charging Users From November 1st'
    Report circulating via social media claims that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month from November 1st 2014 in an effort to counter rising costs.

    Published: September 22, 2014

  • Do NOT Try to Charge your iPhone in a Microwave - 'Wave' iOS8 Hoax
    Viral message claims that new 'Wave' technology that comes with Apple's iOS8 allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone by placing it in a household microwave for a minute and a half.

    Published: September 19, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: September 17, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Invoice Overdue Notification'
    'Invoice overdue' email claims that, if you do not pay the outstanding amount within 7 days, legal action will be taken to recover the money owed. You are invited to 'press a link' to view the original invoice.

    Published: September 17, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Policy Violation - Employment Terminated Email'
    Email claiming to be from a specified company advises that your employment has been terminated due to violations of policy. The email has a file attachment that supposedly contains more details about the breach.

    Published: September 16, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Win Free Apple iPhone 6'
    Website claims that you can win an iPhone 6 by liking and sharing a Facebook Page and participating in online surveys.

    Published: September 15, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'Eminem Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab'
    Story circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab to deal with a heroin addiction.

    Published: September 15, 2014

  • Fake 'Islamic Rights' Facebook Page Inciting Hatred on Gold Coast
    A Facebook Page called 'Preserving Islamic Rights on the Gold Coast' has demanded that the Gold Coast mayor incorporate Islamic prayers into the Anzac Day Dawn service to 'honour fallen Islamic diggers'. It also proposes that an Islamic symbol be included on a newly designed Australian flag. It even suggests that an entire Islamic suburb to be called 'New Palestine' and complete with a 'Refugee Ferry Port and Processing Facility is to be built in the area.

    Published: September 13, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message features a strident letter supposedly sent to parents by Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.

    Published: September 12, 2014

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