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    Updated: June 30, 2015



  • Mercedes Benz G-Class Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    According to a Facebook Page being heavily promoted across the network, you can win one of two Mercedes Benz G-Class cars just by liking a specified page, liking and sharing a promotional post, and adding a comment specifying which colour car you would like should you win.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • Hoax - 'McDonald's Coffee Contains French Fry Grease'
    According to reports that are currently making their way around the Internet via social media, fast food giant McDonald's has admitted that its coffee contains french fry grease and is putting up signs in its outlets that warn customers about the additive.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • Hoax - 'Pregnant Woman Claims She was Raped By Pig'
    Circulating report claims that one Angie Houston of Texas expects to give birth to a pig after a large boar named 'Pete' raped her.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • 'Tax Inspections Next Week' Malware Emails
    According to this email, which purports to be from a tax advisor, the 'revenue service' is about to organise tax inspections for next week.

    Published: June 29, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'
    Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.

    Updated: June 29, 2015

  • 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For
    Facebook is a perfect venue for scammers to distribute their malicious messages and find new victims. Here are five current Facebook scams to watch out for.

    Updated: Last updated: June 26, 2015

  • Water Bottle Car Fire Warning
    Message warns that a water bottle left inside a car on a sunny day could ignite the upholstery and start a fire.

    Updated: June 26, 2015

  • Hoax - Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month
    Message warns recipients that cell phone numbers are set to be released to telemarketing companies this month and that consumers will be charged for incoming calls from these companies. The message urges people to register on the Do Not Call list to have their cell phone numbers blocked from such calls.

    Updated: Last updated: October 18, 2013

  • Facebook Post - Dog Saves Puppies From House Fire
    Message circulating rapidly via Facebook that features a photograph of a dog bringing her puppies to a fire truck, claims that the dog, named Amanda, saved her puppies from a burning house while firefighters fought the blaze.

    Updated: June 24, 2015

  • Delta Airlines 'Trip of a Lifetime' Like-Farming Scam
    According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, Delta Airlines wants to 'award its fans with a trip of a lifetime'.

    Published: June 24, 2015

  • Fake-News Story Claims Boy Raised by Kangaroos
    According to this report, which is circulating vigorously via social media, Australian authorities have discovered a feral boy living with a group of kangaroos near Broken Hill in far western New South Wales.

    Published: June 24, 2015

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  • Virgin Airways 'Complimentary First Class Flights' Facebook Survey Scam
    Facebook Page that is supposedly associated with airline Virgin Australia claims that you can win complimentary first class flights to any destination of your choice by liking and sharing a post and clicking a link.

    Published: June 23, 2015

  • Giant Snake in Electric Fence Photographs
    Message with photographs of a very large snake caught in an electric fence claims that the snake had been killing sheep on an Australian farm.

    Updated: June 23, 2015

  • Facebook Team Security Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'
    Message purporting to be a warning from 'Facebook Security' or the 'Facebook Team' claims that recipients must click a link and confirm their details or their Facebook account will be closed permanently.

    Updated: June 23, 2015

  • Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.

    Published: June 22, 2015

  • HM Revenue & Customs Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK tax agency, HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient can submit a tax refund request by clicking a link in the message.

    Updated: June 19, 2015

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    Updated: June 19, 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: June 19, 2015

  • Rottnest Island (Or Galveston) Great White Shark Hoax
    Message claims that attached photographs show a Great White Shark caught near Rottnest Island in Western Australia by the fishing vessel, 'Pirate'. Another version, which features one of the same shark photographs, claims that the shark was caught off the coast of Galveston, in the United States.

    Updated: June 19, 2015

  • K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax
    Message claims that an attached photograph depicts Brutus, a military K9 that won the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving soldiers in Iraq

    Updated: June 18, 2015

  • Nibbles and Bytes: Using Gmail To Backup All of Your Email
    You back up all of your data, including email, regularly and religiously right? Of course you do. But here’s a free and easy way to add an extra level of backup security, at least for email.

    Updated: June 18, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS - 'FDA Find Coors Light Beers Laced With Cocaine'
    Report being shared via social media claims that the FDA has discovered that thousands of Coors Light beers across the US have been laced with cocaine.

    Updated: June 18, 2015

  • 'Currency Rate Change' Malware Email
    This email supposedly contains information about an upcoming change in currency rates between US dollars and euros. It suggests that you open an attached file to review a document with more details about the exchange rate change.

    Published: June 18, 2015

  • Nibbles and Bytes: Spam? Delete, Delete, Delete!
    These days, when it comes to dealing with spam, I rely exclusively on a wonderful little spam management tool that is completely free and available on every computer system.

    Published: June 17, 2015

  • PayPal 'Account Access Limited' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that your account has been limited because PayPal needs more information to help confirm your identity.

    Updated: June 16, 2015

  • Social Media Rumours Claim that Rue McClanahan Has Just Died, But the Star Died in 2010
    RIP messages currently being shared via social media mourn the passing of actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux in the popular 1980's television series Golden Girls. But, the messages represent a rather bizarre twist on the typical celebrity death hoaxes that regularly traverse the Interwebs. In fact, Rue McClanahan died back in 2010, aged 76.

    Published: June 16, 2015

  • Kroger 'Free Coupons' Survey Scam
    Message being distributed across Facebook claims that users can receive free coupons from American retailer Kroger just by sharing a message and visiting a third party website to claim their prize.

    Published: June 16, 2015

  • 'Blue Tiger' Picture on Facebook
    Circulating picture depicting a blue coloured tiger is described as a "semi-hypothetical coloration morph of a tiger" known as a Maltese or blue tiger.

    Updated: June 16, 2015

  • Contact Lens BBQ Warning Hoax
    Message claims that staring at a BBQ fire while wearing contact lenses can cause the lenses to melt and lead to permanent blindness.

    Updated: June 15, 2015

  • Disney Still A Favourite Target for Facebook Scammers
    Perhaps because it is such a high-profile entity and is known all around the world, Disney tends to be a favourite target for Facebook scammers.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • Facebook 'Who is Your Soulmate' Warning Message
    Yet another breathless ALL CAPS 'security' warning has been let loose on Facebook and is going viral across the network.

    Published: June 15, 2015

  • Viber 'Will Become Chargeable' Hoax
    Circulating message claims that messaging service Viber will start charging you to send messages if you do not send the information to ten people to prove that you are an 'avid user'.

    Updated: Last updated: June 11, 2015

  • Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
    Message claims that a woman died after catching Leptospirosis from dried rat urine on the lid of a soda can.

    Updated: June 11, 2015

  • 'Here's the Link HeHe' Facebook Phishing Scam Messages
    Facebook timelines are currently being hit by scam messages designed to trick users into clicking a phishing link.

    Published: June 11, 2015

  • 'Forbidden Content' Facebook Phishing Scam
    According to this message, which appears to come from 'Content Reviews' at Facebook, forbidden content and suspicious activity has been discovered in your Facebook account.

    Published: June 11, 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. The message explains how to access Active Sessions and advises you to kick the listed 'hackers' off your account.

    Updated: June 11, 2015

  • Burned Texas Boy Prayers For Shares Hoax
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that you can offer prayers to help a badly burned Texas boy just by liking and sharing his picture.

    Updated: June 10, 2015

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  • 'Never Ever Drink Coca' Video Survey Scam
    According to a message being distributed on Facebook, you will never drink 'Coca' again after you have clicked on the message and watched leaked video footage.

    Published: June 10, 2015

  • Microsoft, Yahoo, Google Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery draw organized by Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.

    Updated: June 10, 2015

  • Bogus Health Warning - Scratch Card 'Silver Nitro Oxide' Coating Causes Skin Cancer
    Message warns people not to use fingernails to scratch off the coating on scratch tickets because the coating contains a substance called 'Silver Nitro oxide' that can cause skin cancer.

    Updated: June 10, 2015

  • '22 Foot 2500 Pound' Crocodile Photo
    Circulating photograph purportedly shows a 22 foot, 2500 pound crocodile killed near a village on Africa's Niger River.

    Updated: June 9, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims That Body Of Homeless Man Was Bob Marley
    Circulating report claims that when Jamaican authorities conducted DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found behind a fast food restaurant, they discovered that the man was actually reggae star Bob Marley.

    Published: June 9, 2015

  • Kidney Stealing Hoax
    Message warns that medically trained criminals are stealing kidneys from living victims to sell on the black market. According to the warning, victims awake in a bathtub full of ice to discover that their kidneys have been removed.

    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Current Top Five Fake-News Stories
    These days, fake-news 'satire' websites such as National Report, Huzlers and World News Daily Report are responsible for a hefty percentage of the nonsense that plagues our social media feeds and inboxes. Here we list five of the most commonly distributed fake-news stories of the moment.

    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Survey Scam
    Facebook Page claims that 'for the second time in facebook history' two Chevrolet Camaros are being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to share and like a promotional post, state their desired car colour via a comment, and click a link.

    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Facebook Scammers Hijack News of Alton Towers Roller Coaster Accident
    A scam post promising video footage of a roller coaster accident at Alton Towers is currently appearing on Facebook.

    Published: June 8, 2015

  • 'Invoice Number' Malware Emails
    When it comes to dirty tricks on the Internet, sometimes even the most simple can be effective. Take this current malware campaign for example.

    Published: June 8, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: June 8, 2015

  • Apple KYC Validation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Apple Genius Assistance', you must review your Apple ID information within two days. Supposedly, Apple is required by law under 'KYC legislation' to perform an account verification.

    Updated: June 6, 2015

  • 'WhatsApp in Blue' Survey Scam
    According to a message being distributed via cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, you can update to a cool blue version of WhatsApp by following a link in the message.

    Published: June 5, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: - '600-Pound Woman Gives Birth to 40-Pound Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a 600-pound woman has given birth to a 40-pound baby at a hospital in Perth, Western Australia. The report features photographs of the woman and baby.

    Updated: June 5, 2015

  • 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 June 30 and July 6, 2015 due to a solar storm.

    Updated: June 4, 2015

  • Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages or Sexual Content In Your Name
    'Hacker' alert messages circulating on Facebook claim that, without your knowledge, hackers are posting insulting or sexual messages that appear to come from you onto your Facebook Timeline.

    Published: June 3, 2015

  • Giant Girl with Teacher Image
    This image, which circulates via social media and email, and has also been posted to numerous blogs and forums, depicts an amazingly tall young lass standing beside an older man usually identified as her teacher.

    Published: June 2, 2015

  • Bill Gates $5000 Giveaway Hoax
    Circulating photograph depicts Bill Gates holding a sign that claims he will give $5000 to every user who shares his picture on Facebook.

    Updated: June 2, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Updated: June 1, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Costco to Sell Marijuana in Bulk
    According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media messages and blog posts, wholesale giant Costco is set to sell marijuana in bulk from its Washington based stores.

    Published: 1, 2015

  • Google 'Email Electronics Sweepstakes' Advance Fee Scam
    According to this 'official notification' message that claims to be from Google UK, you have won £950,000 in the 'Email Electronics Sweepstakes', a lottery organized by Google in conjunction with the 'Foundation for the Promotion of Software Products'.

    Published: June 1, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: May 31, 2015

  • HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

    Updated: March 2, 2015

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

    Updated: May 30, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Refer to Documents via Dropbox App'
    This email requests that you click a link to refer to 'urgent and highly confidential' documents using the Dropbox app.

    Updated: May 30, 2015

  • Hoax: Picture of Shark Swimming in Flooded Street After Hurricane Irene
    Message claims that an attached image depicts a shark swimming down a flooded street in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of August 2011's Hurricane Irene.

    Updated: May 27, 2015

  • Dangerous Hoax - 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'
    Circulating health "tip" claims that pricking the fingers and earlobes of a stroke victim with a needle to release blood can save the victim's life and lead to a full and rapid recovery.

    Updated: May 26, 2015

  • 'Tesco Game' £500 Voucher Giveaway Facebook Scam
    According to a Facebook Page that calls itself 'Tesco Game' and features the Tesco logo, you can win a £500 Tesco voucher just by sharing a post from the Page.

    Published: May 26, 2015

  • 'Facebook Online International Lottery' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient has won $950,000 in the annual Facebook Online International Lottery and should contact the Facebook "disbursement department" to claim the prize.

    Updated: May 25, 2015

  • 5 Current Facebook Scams To Watch Out For
    Facebook is a perfect venue for scammers to distribute their malicious messages and find new victims. Here are five current Facebook scams to watch out for.

    Published: Last updated: May 25, 2015

  • Spurious First Aid Advice - Flour For Treatment of Burns
    Widely circulated message recommends covering burns with plain flour as a first aid treatment and claims that the "miraculous" remedy will stop the burn from blistering.

    Updated: May 25, 2015

  • Scammers Use Names of Lottery Winners Richard and Angela Maxwell
    According to this message, your email address has been randomly selected to receive a cash donation of 1 million British pounds courtesy of EuroMillions lottery winners Richard and Angela Maxwell.

    Published: May 25, 2015

  • WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax
    Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".

    Updated: May 25, 2015

  • Carnival Cruises 'Goody Bags' Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that, just by sharing and liking, you can win a 'goody bag' containing 5 first class tickets for a Carnival cruise along with $2000 and a Carnival t-shirt.

    Published: May 25, 2015

  • 'Attempts to Export Opengraph File' Facebook Phishing Scam
    According to this supposed security warning, which purports to be from Facebook, you have made several attempts to export your opengraph file using an unauthorised application. The message claims that these attempts were made from a location in China.

    Published: May 25, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'FDA Approves Tranquilizing Darts for Children'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that America's FDA has approved the release of anaesthetic dart guns designed to calm children with ADHD.

    Published: May 21, 2015

  • American Express 'Request to Change Phone Number' Phishing Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from American Express, the company has recently received a request to change the phone number listed on your account.

    Published: May 21, 2015

  • 'Know Who Viewed Your Profile' Facebook Scam
    For years, Facebook users have been plagued by scam messages claiming that they can find out who has been viewing their profiles.

    Updated: March 10, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Skittles Laced With Cocaine
    According to a report that is currently making its way around the Internet, the FDA has discovered that the popular confectionary Skittles is laced with cocaine.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Bill Gates High School Speech - 11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School
    Email claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

    Updated: May 20, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a 4 Page Fax' Malware Email
    This email, which claims to have been sent by cloud-based fax service eFax Corporate, advises you that you have received a 4-page fax.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?
    Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

    Updated: May 20, 2015



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