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  • 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



  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales'
    Circulating report claims that 16 members of a Japanese whaling crew have been killed and eaten by a school of killer whales.

    Published: July 31, 2014

  • ATO 'Multiple Password Failures' Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that a security check discovered multiple failed login attempts and you are therefore required to reconfirm your account information within 48 hours.

    Published: July 30, 2014

  • SATIRE - 'George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession'
    Circulating report claims that former US President George W. Bush has been arrested after police found an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment during a routine traffic stop.

    Published: July 28, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Wiltshire Church to Become Mosque and Bodies Dug Up'
    Circulating social media message claims that a British church in Wiltshire, UK will be converted into a mosque and that bodies buried in the church's graveyard will be dug up and moved. The message features an image of the church.

    Published: July 28, 2014

  • Macro Virus Threat Returns - Beware Emails With Malicious Word Attachments
    Unsolicited emails with attached 'invoice' or 'payment' Microsoft Word documents ask users to enable Macros to view document contents.

    Published: July 24, 2014

  • FALSE - 'Jim Parsons Quits Big Bang Theory'
    Circulating report claims that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the popular TV show 'Big Bang Theory', has quit the show after an on-set argument with co-star Johnny Galecki.

    Published: July 24, 2014

  • Amazon 'Order Details' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Amazon, thanks recipients for their order and invites them to view order details in an attached file.

    Published: July 24, 2014

  • Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
    Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have appeared online. These sites publish articles that - for the most part - are simply made up by their authors.

    Published: July 23, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Actual Footage Missile MH-17'
    Facebook message claims that users can see actual footage of the missile fired at downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 by pro-Russian militants.

    Published: July 22, 2014

  • LIKE-FARMING - 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45' Facebook Giveaway
    Facebook Page claims that users can win a 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45 just by liking the page, liking and sharing a promotional post, and adding a comment specifying what colour car they would like.

    Published: July 21, 2014

  • Beware of Scams That Exploit M17 Disaster
    Sadly, callous criminals waste no time in exploiting disasters such as air-crashes, terrorist attacks, storms, or tsunamis.

    Published: July 21, 2014

  • RESHIPPING SCAM - 'Transportation Manager' Parcel Repacking Job Offer
    Email offers you a position as a 'Transportation Manager', a work-at-home job that involves accepting, repacking and reposting various parcels.

    Published: July 17, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email
    Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

    Published: July 15, 2014

  • Scammers Target Australian Residents Via Fake Virgin Airlines Calls
    A number of people in different parts of Australia have reported receiving 'prize' calls claiming to be from Virgin Australia.

    Published: July 15, 2014

  • PHISHING - 'Security Alert Facebook Disabled' Email
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Security team claims that, due to suspicious account activity that violates the Terms of Service, your Facebook account will be automatically disabled if you do not click a link and confirm account details within 12 hours.

    Published: July 15, 2014

  • LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.

    Published: July 14, 2014

  • Hoax - 'RFID Chip Will Be Implemented In All Public Schools By 2015'
    Circulating report claims that RFID Chips Will Be Implemented In All US Public School childrenby 2015 in an effort to curb gun violence.

    Published: July 14, 2014

  • NONSENSE: August 2014 Date Combination - 'Once Every 823 Years'
    Circulating message claims that August 2014 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a phenomenon that occurs only once every 823 years. The message also claims that sharing the information will bring you money based on Chinese Feng Shui.

    Published: July 11, 2014

  • Malware : E-ZPass Unpaid Toll Email Links to Malware Website
    Email purporting to be from US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that the recipient has not paid for driving on a toll road and should click a link to download an invoice.

    Published: July 11, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: July 10, 2014

  • Fiction - Facebook Messages from Dead Girlfriend
    Circulating message relates the scary tale of a man who continues to receive Facebook messages from his girlfriend even though she died in a 2012 car accident.

    Published: July 10, 2014

  • Facebook Scam - 'Free Baby Relief Kit From Johnson'
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that you can get a free baby relief kit from Johnson's by clicking a link and following the instructions.

    Published: July 9, 2014

  • Messages Protest Facebook's 'Creepy' Use of Browser History

    Various protest messages that are circulating rapidly via social media claim that Facebook is about to start using your browser history to show more targeted advertising.

    Published: July 9, 2014


  • Phishing: 'Expiration Of Your BTinternet Email'
    Message purporting to be from BTInternet claims that you must update all of your 'informations' via an attached form or risk the 'expiration' of your BTInternet email.

    Published: July 8, 2014


  • 'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that lost Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 was found by a sailor moments ago. The message is presented as a video that users can supposedly click for more information and features a screenshot of a downed plane.

    Published: July 8, 2014

  • True but Outdated - 'Man Punching Dog' Protest Message
    Viral social media message features an image depicting a man about to punch a dog held against a wall and another image showing the dog buried up to its neck in sand. The message asks that people share the images in the hope that the man can be recognized and arrested.

    Published: July 7, 2014

  • Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the user's email account has exceeded its storage limit and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password in order to restore full functionality. Some versions ask users to click a link in the message.

    Updated: July 5, 2014


  • 'Credit Card Expired' PayPal Email
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that your credit card has expired and you must therefore click a link to update card details.

    Published: July 4, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - 'Abnormal Creatures Growing In Woman's Breast'
    Circulating Facebook message claims that an image in the post depicts a woman's breast that has 'unusual and abnormal' creatures growing in it. The image includes a video play button that supposedly allows people to watch footage of the 'creatures'.

    Published: June 25, 2014

  • SATIRE - 'Unborn Baby Pregnant Inside Womb'
    Circulating report claims that doctors in Oregon discovered that a baby was pregnant while still in her mother's womb.

    Published: June 25, 2014

  • PRANK - 'England Gets Second Chance as Ref Charged'
    Circulating news snippet appearing to be from the BBC claims that England has been given a replay game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee was charged with match fixing and bribery.

    Published: June 23, 2014

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