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Survey Scam - Change Facebook to Black
Messages being sent out across Facebook invite users to click a link to change their Facebook profile to black or another color.
Missy, Dog Rescued From Colorado Mountain
Circulating message tells the story of Missy, a dog abandoned and left to die by her owners high on a Colorado mountain but later rescued by other hikers.
Adam Sandler is NOT Dead
Social media rumours claim that popular actor Adam Sandler has died.
Circulating images are claimed to depict an orchid flower that resembles the face of a monkey or baboon.
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.
Hoax - Oliver North Warned Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987
Long circulated message claims that, while testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North warned questioning US senator Al Gore about a very dangerous Muslim terrorist named Osama bin Laden and recommended that an "assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth".
Facebook Rogue App/Survey Scam - Free $100 McDonald's Gift Card
Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free McDonald's gift card worth $100 by following a link in the message.
USPS Malware Emails
Email purporting to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) claims that a parcel could not be delivered due to an address error and instructs recipients to click a link to print out a shipping label.
Rumors Regarding FEMA and Hurricane Sandy
Following a natural disaster, and especially one affecting a densely populated area as happened with Hurricane Sandy, it has become almost standard operating procedure for scammers and con-men to take advantage of the situation.
New and Updated Articles
Australia Day Name Change Hoax Targets Prime Minister Gillard
Vitriolic and abusive social media comments claim that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to change the name of Australia Day to "Citizens Day" in an attempt to pander to migrant groups.
Webmail Account Phishing Scam
Emails claim that recipients must confirm or re-validate their account by clicking a link or opening an attachment and providing username and password details or their webmail account will be permanently closed.
December 2012 - 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays
Circulating message claims that December 2012 will feature 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays, a combination of days that occurs only once every 823 years. The message claims that sending on the information will bring good luck to the sender.
Ectopia Cordis Sick Baby Facebook Hoax
Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with the birth defect Ectopia Cordis every time the baby's photograph is shared or liked on Facebook.
American Airlines Flight Ticket Order Malware Emails
Emails purporting to be ticket order notifications from American Airlines claim that the recipient can follow a link or open an attachment to print out airline tickets.
Facebook Survey Scam - Free $500 Woolworths Gift Voucher
Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Woolworths voucher worth $500 by following a link in the message.
ACH Payment Canceled Malware Email
Email purporting to be from the Automated Clearing House (ACH) claims that a recent payment made by the recipient has been canceled and that he or she should open an attached file to review details.
Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department claims that all email users around the world are required to validate their account by clicking a link in the message or risk having their email address deleted from the world email server.
World's First Flying Hotel - Hotelicopter Hoax
Message claims that attached photographs show a unique flying luxury hotel called the "Hotelicopter" that is soon to begin its first tours.