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Hotmail Account Deactivation Phishing Scam

Email, purporting to be from Hotmail, claims that, due to several unsuccessful login attempts, the recipient's Hotmail account will be deactivated within 24 hours unless he or she logs in via an "activation link".


Fake Virus Warning - Do Not Add 'Howard Hertzberg' Because Its a Virus

Message circulating via social networks and email warns users not to add somebody called Howard Hertzberg to their friend list because it is a virus.


Exer-Hide Dog Chew Warning Message

Circulating message warns that a dog chew called Exer-Hide sold at Walmart and other outlets has caused seizures and deaths in dogs that have been given the product.


Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale

The video is not real footage and the man was not eaten by the killer whale. In fact, the video is a TV ad for La Sirena, a retail chain located in the Dominican Republic.


Picture of Huge King Brown Snake in Branxton NSW

Message that contains an image showing a very large snake, claims that the snake is a King Brown found in Branxton, NSW, Australia.


Dislike Button Virotrex Virus Warning

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on links about a Dislike Button, because doing so will install a virus called Virotrex that will steal private information from the infected computer.


Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message - "Visit The New Facebook" Links

Message warns users that have a Page on Facebook to watch out for links with the words "Visit The New Facebook" because following such links will allow a hacker to steal their information.


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Tip of The Week

Don't assume that your friends and workmates already know about common Internet scams like phishing or advance fee fraud. You might be surprised. Why not check and then, if necessary, take a little time to bring them up to speed. Education is the key and you CAN make a difference.


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Sumatra Island Tsunami Wave Photograph Hoax

Email claims that an attached photograph shows a residential area in Sumatra about to be engulfed by a gigantic tsunami wave.


Q33 NY Wingdings Hoax - Elevens and the Wrath of the Eagle

Email claims that entering Q33 NY in the Wingdings font reveals a combination of symbols that reflect the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. It also claims that a verse in the Quran predicts US involvement in Iraq and that "eleven" is a number with special significance to 9/11.


Osama Bin Laden Virus Emails

Emails claim that Osama Bin Laden has been captured or hanged and ask recipients to open an attachment or follow a link for more information.


July 2011 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays

Message claims that July 2011 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays and that this combination of days only occurs once in 823 years.


UPS Uniforms Hoax

Message claims that a large quantity of UPS uniforms has recently been bought on eBay and that the uniforms could be used by criminals or terrorists posing as delivery drivers.


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Giant Snake

Real snake, photoshopped, or fake? Discuss it here.


From the Hoax-Slayer Archive

Sachin Tendulkar And The Shell Shaped House

Email claims that an unusual and beautiful shell-shaped house depicted in a series of attached photographs is the home of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and is located in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, India


Frozen Tidal Wave Photographs

Description accompanying a series of photographs of a spectacular ice formation claims that the images show a giant wave that froze instantly as the wave broke.


Shark Attacking Helicopter Photograph

Email that includes an image depicting a large shark jumping at a helicopter claims that the photograph was nominated by National Geographic as "The photo of the year".


Nareepol Tree

Message claims that attached photographs show the "Nareepol Tree" in Thailand - an amazing tree that grows fruit in the shape of women


Dashboard Fuel Pump Icon "Secret"

Message claims that the side on which the handle is shown on the fuel tank icon on car dashboards always indicates which side the fuel tank filler is located.


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