Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!

Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

Hoax-Slayer Website    Digest Archive    About and Privacy

New Articles

Jim Carrey is NOT Dead

Social media driven message claims that actor Jim Carrey died in a snowboarding accident in Sweden.

'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails

aEmail claims that you have received a secure message which can be read by opening an attached file.

RuneScape 'Real World Trading Account Notice' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Jagex, owners of popular online game RuneScape, claims that recipients have violated the company's legal policies by trading virtual items outside of the game environment or transferring an account . The message warns that offending accounts will be disabled if recipients do not click a link and fill in a "security form".

Did Peter Garrett Present a Novel Alternative for The Dingo Problem?

Message claims that Australian Government minister Peter Garrett suggested catching and castrating male dingos as a more humane solution to controlling the dingo population before being put firmly in his place by an old sheep farmer in the audience.

Jason Derulo is NOT Dead

Circulating social media messages claim that entertainer Jason Derulo has died in a car accident.

False Protest Message Claims Picture Shows 500 Christians Burned By Muslim Terrorists

False Protest Message Claims Picture Shows 500 Christians Burned By Muslim Terrorists

Hoax - Julia Gillard Tells Muslims To Adapt or Leave

Widely circulated message claims that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently stated that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country and that Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia.

Neil Tennant is NOT Dead

Social media driven message claims that Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant has died in a car accident.

Dog 'Capitán' Sleeps At Owner's Grave

Social media message that includes a photograph of a dog sleeping on a grave, claims that the picture depicts a German Shepherd named Capitán who has slept by the grave of his owner Miguel Guzmán since the man died in 2006.

Google Street View and the Donkey

Widespread speculation on the Internet suggests that the Google Street View car knocked over and possibly killed a donkey while driving down a bush road in Botswana.

Bogus Telstra 'Email Bill' Carries Malware

Email purporting to be a bill notification from Australian telecommunications company Telstra urges recipients to open an attached file to deal with an overdue account.

Blackberry 'Broadcast or Update Cancelled' Hoax

Rapidly circulating text message claims that Blackberry users must broadcast the same message to all their contacts or they will miss out a BBM update and will no longer be able to chat with friends because they will have the old version.

Who Will Be Your Valentine Virus Warning

A warning is spreading on Facebook claiming that posts are spreading relating to ‘seeing who your Valentine will be’ that actually harbor a virus.

New and Updated Articles

Telstra Bill Account Update Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra, claims that the company has detected a billing error or was unable to process a recent payment and the recipient is therefore required to click a link and update billing information or risk interruption to service.

Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax

Message warns that a free key holder being handed out at petrol stations contains a hidden device that is being used by criminals to track the movements of potential victims.

New US Presidential Coins Omit 'In God We Trust'?d

Protest message claims that 'In God We Trust' was intentionally omitted from the new United States Presidential $1 Coins issued in 2007.

Hoax Warning: Lost Child Lure – 'New Way for Gang Members to Rape Women'

Circulating message warns that violent gang members are using children who pretend to be lost as a means of tricking women into going to gang houses where they will be raped.

Interesting Old Human Formation Picturese

Message contains several old human formation photographs that depict the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the American Eagle symbol, the US Shield and more. The images are created by thousands of US soldiers and sailors standing in formation.

Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on May (or March) 15, 2013

Widespread rumours claim that Facebook will close down for good on either March or May 15, 2013.

Fake NSW Police Warning - Tracking Devices Placed on Cars

Widespread social media message purporting to be a warning from NSW police claims that criminals are placing tiny tracking devices on cars and then using the devices to locate victims at their homes and attack and rob them.

Westpac 'Credit Card Suspended' Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from large Australian bank Westpac claims that there was an error detected in the recipient's credit card account and asks him or her to click a link to update account information or risk permanent suspension of the card.

Criminals Use Names of Lottery Winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford in Advance Fee Scams

Emails purporting to be from UK EuroMillions winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford claim that the the recipient's email address was selected as a winner of a cash grant of one million pounds.

Destiny Valle Facebook Page Hacker 'Warning'

Facebook message claims that a hacker named "Destiny Valle" is taking control of Facebook Pages by deleting existing admins and removing details about the real Page owner so that she can can claim that she owns the page herself. d

Lead in Lipstick Alert - Cancer Causing Lipstick Hoax

Email claims that certain brands of lipstick contain dangerous amounts of lead and can cause cancer. The message includes a list of lipstick brands and instructions for testing lipsticks for lead content.

Shared Photo Request To Identify Cat Killers

A recently circulating, and extremely graphic, photo of four youth who appear to have beheaded a cat requests that the photo be shared further in the hopes of identifying the offenders.

Get notified via email when a new Digest is published. Enter email address:
Or subscribe to Digest notifications via RSS:

Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page Follow Me On Twitter

Bookmark and Share