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Harly A. Andrews Prayer Request

Social media driven message asks users to pray for five year old Harly A. Andrews. According to the message, Harly was hit by a car and is in intensive care.

Farmville White Gift Box Virus Warning Hoax

Facebook message warns Farmville players not to open a white gift box surrounded by blue lace because it is a virus.

UEFA EURO 2012 Email Draw Advance Fee Scam

Message purporting to be from organizers at UEFA EURO 2012 claims that the recipient has won a million pounds in an email address draw performed at UEFA headquarters.

Circulating Health Warning: Beware of Little White and Black Caterpillars

Message circulating via social media and email warns people to watch out for little white and black caterpillars because numerous kids have experienced reactions and rashes after touching them.

Hoax: Picture of Shark Swimming in Flooded Street After Hurricane Irene

Message claims that an attached image depicts a shark swimming down a flooded street in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of August 2011's Hurricane Irene.

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.

Amazon Account Review Phishing Scam

Email purporting to be from claims that, due to a recent review, access to the recipient's account has been limited until more account information is supplied via an attached form.

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Protest Message - First Responders Not Invited to 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Ceremony

Protest message circulating via social media decries the fact that first responders to the 9/11 disaster have not been invited to the tenth anniversary 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Diego Mendez Prayer Request

Message circulating via social media asks recipients to offer prayers for the recovery of five year old Diego Mendez. According to the message, the child is in intensive care after a TV fell on his head.

Bogus 'Free Items for Participating' Facebook Events

Numerous Events being promoted on Facebook claim that users who agree to attend and invite all of their friends will receive free shirts, shoes, iPhones or a host of other items.

Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" because it will launch an "Olympic torch" virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.

Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses

Circulating message asks recipients to help find new homes for 52 thoroughbred horses that must be rehoused urgently due to the death of their owner.

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Moon Split

Photographic evidence that the moon was once split in two?

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Product Barcode Country Identification

Email claims that consumers can identify what country a product was manufactured in by analyzing the first 3 digits of the product's barcode.

Neiman Marcus Cookie Hoax - $250 Cookie Recipe

Email claims that a person tricked into paying $250 for the Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe is taking revenge against the company by distributing the recipe for free.

Email Petition Against the Closure of South African Child Protection Unit

Email petition claims that South Africa's Child Protection Unit is to be closed and urges recipients to "sign" a message protesting the closure before sending it to others.

Mother Tiger Nurses Piglets Email

Email forward that includes photographs of a tiger suckling several tiger-costumed piglets claims that the baby pigs were given to the mother tiger to counteract her depression after losing her own cubs.

Digital Camera for Sale

Email claims to be advertising a digital camera for sale

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Apologies! I've been waylaid by other projects and commitments over the past few weeks so I have not managed to publish a News Digest for a while. All being well, I'll be back to a weekly publishing schedule from now on.
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