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  • Fake Report Claims Man in India is 179 Years Old
    A circulating report claims that Mashashta Murasi, a man in Bangalore, India has reached the age of 179 years and that 'death has forgotten him'.

    Published: November 20, 2014



  • Message Claims +96723345 Calls Can Clone Your SIM Card
    Circulating social media post warns users not to answer calls from 96723345 because the callers may try to clone your SIM card when you answer.

    Published: November 20, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Receipt For Payment to Apple Store'
    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims to be a receipt for a recent payment to the Apple store. The email includes a 'dispute transaction' link that you can click if you did not authorize the charge.

    Published: November 19, 2014

  • 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.

    Published: November 19, 2014

  • Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake
    Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach.

    Published: November 19, 2014

  • Was a Man's Genitals Stolen in Thailand For Sale on the Black Market?
    Circulating report claims that a hapless male tourist in Bangkok, Thailand woke up to find that his genitals had been stolen during the night.

    Published: November 18, 2014

  • 'Naked Woman Eaten by Shark' Post Leads to Malware
    This Facebook post features an image of a naked woman apparently being eaten by a shark and includes a "Play" button that supposedly opens a video showing the attack.

    Published: November 17, 2014

  • Phone Scammers Pretending to be from IRS
    US news outlets are currently reporting a spate of IRS related phone scams. The scammers are cold calling residents and pretending to be from the IRS. The scammers claim that the victims owe considerable sums of money to the IRS and must arrange payment immediately or face serious legal consequences.

    Published: November 17, 2014

  • Sadly Predictable! Comet Landing Conspiracy Theories Emerging
    November 12, 2014 saw a new milestone in space exploration when Rosetta's Philae probe soft landed on a comet. This was an extraordinary event in human history.

    Published: November 16, 2014

  • 'Drunk Girl' Video Allegedly Not What it Seems
    A story circulating via social media reports that more than 250,000 holiday turkeys on a Texas farm may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus and will have to be destroyed. The report features a photograph depicting dead turkeys in a farm shed.

    Published: November 16, 2014

  • Hoax Report Claims 250,000 Texas Turkeys Infected With Ebola
    A story circulating via social media reports that more than 250,000 holiday turkeys on a Texas farm may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus and will have to be destroyed. The report features a photograph depicting dead turkeys in a farm shed.

    Published: November 10, 2014

  • Eating Fido in LA? - Hoax Report Claims American Restaurant Given Permission To Sell Dog Meat
    A circulating report claims that a Los Angeles restaurant called Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining has been given permission to sell and consume dog meat and is allowed to slaughter up to three dogs per day for that purpose.

    Published: November 10, 2014

  • Scam Email Pretends to be From Lottery Winners Bill And Andrea Groner
    Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winners Bill And Andrea Groner claims that the couple are giving you 1 million dollars as part of a charity project.

    Published: November 10, 2014

  • Israeli 'Airport Security Device' Joke Message
    A message that has circulated via email and social media for several years claims that the Israelis are developing an airport security system in which any explosives that passengers may have on them will be automatically detonated when they step into an armoured booth.

    Published: November 10, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Buzz Aldrin Admits Moon Landings Were Fake'
    Circulating report claims that astronaut Buzz Aldrin has confirmed via a confession video and Twitter post that the moon landings never happened and that videos of the landings depicted a 'setup that was created to simulate how the moon and space would look'.

    Published: November 10, 2014

  • PHISHING - 'Your Account is Temporarily Locked' Facebook Email
    Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that your account has been temporarily locked and you must therefore click a link to complete a security check and restore account access.

    Published: November 10, 2014

  • Macaulay Culkin is NOT Dead
    Circulating rumour claims that actor Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone fame has died.

    Published: November 9, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Ben Kingsley Admits he is a Dog Fighting Addict'
    Circulating report claims that greatly respected actor Sir Ben Kingsley has admitted to a media outlet that he is a dog fighting addict.

    Published: November 6, 2014

  • 'R.I.P. Miley Cyrus' Facebook Scam
    Circulating Facebook post claims that singer Miley Cyrus has died. The post features a teaser image of the star on a bed with a bottle of pills beside her. Clicking the image supposedly opens a video with more information about the star's demise.

    Published: November 6, 2014

  • 8 Highly Misleading Viral Messages About Food and Health
    Here we list eight health and food messages that circulate continually. All contain misleading and inaccurate information.

  • 'C-93 Virus Alert' Phishing Scam Email
    An email claiming to be from Windows Outlook warns that a 'C93 Virus' has been detected in your mailbox and you are therefore required to click a link to run a Norton anti-virus scan to resolve the issue.

    Published: November 4, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Death Row Inmate Requests Child as Last Meal'
    Circulating report claims that a Texas death row inmate convicted of murder and cannibalism has requested a little boy as his last meal and that the Department of Corrections has accepted the request. The report features a photograph of the supposed inmate.

    Published: October 31, 2014

  • Norman Reedus is NOT Dead
    Circulating social media rumour claims that American actor Norman Reedus has died. Reedus plays the character Daryl Dixon in 'The Walking Dead'.

    Published: October 30, 2014

  • SURVEY SCAM - '$100 KOHL'S Gift Card Giveaway' Facebook Post
    Facebook post claims that you can click a link to get a $100 gift card from department store Kohl's.

    Published: October 30, 2014

  • TRUE - Fireball Whiskey Recalled in 3 European Countries
    Reports and rumours currently buzzing around the Internet claim that popular cinnamon flavoured whiskey Fireball has been recalled in Europe because it contains an ingredient found in some types of antifreeze.

    Published: October 30, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Request to Terminate Microsoft Account'
    Email purporting to be Microsoft Account Services claims that you have submitted a request to terminate your Microsoft Account and the process has already started. The email incudes a link to cancel the termination request.

    Published: October 27, 2014

  • HOAX - 'NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness'
    A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between the 16th and the 22nd of December due to a solar storm.

    Published: October 27, 2014

  • Skype 'Missed Messages' Pharmacy Spam
    According to this email, which claims to be from Skype, you have missed messages waiting. The email invites you to click a link to view your messages.

    Published: October 27, 2014

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Professor Hinkley From Gilligan's Island is Zodiac Killer'
    Circulating report claims that the late Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island, has been identified as the notorious serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer.

    Published: October 27, 2014

  • Judd Nelson Of The Breakfast Club Fame is NOT Dead
    A rapidly circulating news report claims that actor Judd Nelson, who is best known for playing the character John Bender in The Breakfast Club, has been found dead in his Los Angeles home.

    Published: October 27, 2014

  • Beware Of Ebola Related Scams
    Scammers are increasingly using the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa as a cover for launching criminal schemes.

    Published: October 24, 2014


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  • SATIRE - 'Harper Changes Canadian Flag'
    A report circulating via social media claims that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unexpectedly unveiled a 'new-look' Canadian flag that matches the Conservative Party's red, white, and blue logo colours.

    Published: October 24, 2014

  • Circulating Messages Claim Video Shows MH17 Crash
    Messages circulating via SMS and social media suggest that an accompanying video depicts the crash of MH17.

    Published: October 24, 2014

  • Australia Post 'Parcel not Delivered' Email Points to Malware
    Email purporting to be from Australia Post claims that your parcel was not delivered to your address because nobody was home. The email instructs you to click a 'Track Your Item' link to get more information about the undelivered parcel.

    Published: October 23, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Ebola Vaccinations to Contain RFID Chips'
    Circulating report claims that the US government has hatched a nefarious scheme to secretly implant RFID chips in citizens by hiding the chips in Ebola vaccinations.

    Published: October 23, 2014

  • 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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