Circulated warning claims that people are receiving calls from criminals posing as phone service provider staff who ask them to shut down their cell phones because of an impending update. According to the message, while the victims are thus out of contact because their phones are shut down, the criminals launch a virtual kidnapping scam on their families.
Email forward warns that scammers are committing identity theft by phoning potential victims and threatening them with prosecution for failing to report for jury duty unless they reveal sensitive personal information.
Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue.
A beautiful photograph of desert wildflowers is circulating via email and online.
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Twitter is not just a microblogging platform, but also a very powerful way of receiving and exchanging information about topics that interest you. I've used Twitter for Hoax-Slayer for a while now, but I've recently been paying a lot more attention to the platform and learning a lot more about it via reading and examining how others use it. I figure it's a great way to spread the word about scams, hoaxes and computer security issues as well as engage with and learn from other Twitter users interested in those topics. To that end, I've been "tweeting" a lot more of late. And, I'm also looking to use Twitter as a kind of mini Hoax-Slayer Helpdesk, where people can fire scam or hoax related questions at me. I can't guarantee that I'll always have an answer, but I do promise to give it my best shot
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