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Lil Wayne is NOT Dead
Social media driven messages claim that American rapper Lil Wayne has died of a drug overdose.
UN Observers at USA Polls Protest Message
Recently circulated photos and posts accuse the Obama administration of bringing in UN troops to monitor polls during the 2012 general election (held on 06 November 2012). The observers are actually from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). OSCE is an intergovernmental organization and is independent of the United Nations. They have been observing major national elections in the US, by invitation of the US government, since the 2002 general election.
Post Circulating Rekindles a 1990ís Anti-Margarine Email
In the late 1990ís, an email was circulated extolling the virtues of butter v. the sins of margarine. Aside from the more preposterous claims (it killed the turkeys it was invented to feed), it was largely based on health effects of the products based on margarine being high in trans fatty acids. At the time of the original email, trans fatty acids were just beginning to attract attention, and since then many countries have enforced product labeling laws to advise consumers of products that are high in trans fats. Many of the claims made are true as they relate to margarines that contain trans fats, but reformulations in the past 6 years have seen a number of margarine products that contain no trans fats.
Spiderman Window Cleaners Picture
Caption claims that a circulating image depicts window cleaners at a children's hospital dressed as Spiderman.
Urban Legend - NASA Scientists Discover Biblical 'Missing Day'
Long circulated message claims that detailed calculations performed by scientists at NASA identified a missing day in time, thus proving as fact the Biblical stories that God at one time made the sun stand still and on another occasion made the sun go backwards by ten degrees.
Does a Circulating Image Show A Rapist Coach Slashed by a Protective Mother?
Social media driven message claims that a mother who caught a visiting baseball coach sexually assaulting her nine year old son, attacked the man with a large carving knife, thereby causing the severe back injuries depicted in an attached photograph.
LinkedIn 'Invitation to Connect' Malware Emails
Email purporting to be from business focused social network, LinkedIn asks recipients to click buttons to accept or ignore an invitation to connect to a LinkedIn user.
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Rey Mysterio is NOT Dead
Message circulating on Facebook claims that WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio has died in a stunt gone wrong. The message includes a link that supposedly provides more information about the accident.
NASA JPL Twitter Account Retweets Anti-Romney Material
Messages circulating via social media claim that a number of anti-Romney messages were recently retweeted via the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Twitter account.
Lloyds TSB 'Internet Banking Account Status' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from UK bank Lloyds TSB, and apparently signed by Lloyds own Digital Banking Director, explains how customers can benefit from using Intent banking and urges them to click a button to login and start using the service.
Hoax - 400 Marine Corps Dogs Need Homes
Messages circulating via social media, email and the blogosphere claims that 400 United States Marine Corps Improvised Explosive Device sniffing dogs are being decommissioned and are therefore in need of good "forever" homes.
Windows Email Security Update Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that the recipient's Windows installation records are out of date and that he or she must therefore update email account details by clicking a "Verify" button.
'News Report' Claims Gonorrhea Spread Through Air
Messages circulating via social media and email claim that a new airborne strain of gonorrhea is spreading rapidly through students at San Diego State University.
Skype 'lol is this your new profile pic' Ransomware Warnings
Warnings circulating via email, text message and social media posts warn users to watch out for Skype "lol is this your new profile pic" SMS messages because links in these messages lead to malware.
DealsDirect Phishing Scam
Emails purporting to be from Australian online store DealsDirect supposedly offer gift vouchers or heavily discounted products and entice recipients to click links in the emails to take advantage of these offers.