Prank Emails - Malicious Hoaxes - Joe Jobs
No, NASA did NOT Intercept An Intergalactic Distress Call in 1998
Circulating report claims that NASA detected a distress call from another galaxy back in 1998 but has only recently been able to decipher the message.
Published: December 2, 2013
Circulating Story Claims Woman Found Guilty of Raping Eight Men
Circulating message claims that an 18-year-old woman in Germany has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men. The message links to a longer piece presented as a news article.
Published: November 27, 2013
Dr Phil 'Personality Test' Hoax
Message circulating as a slideshow purports to be a personality test devised by US talk show host Dr Phil. The message claims that Dr Phil did the test on Oprah Winfrey.
Published: November 26, 2013
Hoax - 'Harry Potter 8 Confirmed by J.K. Rowling'
Circulating press release claims that author J.K. Rowling has confirmed that she is writing an 8th Harry Potter novel after being disappointed by reaction to her adult novel "The Casual Vacancy".
Published: November 21, 2013
No, Scientists in Texas are NOT Going to Use Sex Offenders for Medical Research
Message circulating via social media claims that scientists in Texas are set to start using convicted sex offenders for medical research.
Published: November 13, 2013
Chinese Teleportation Road Rescue Video
Circulating video supposedly shows CCTV footage of a man being instantly teleported out of the path of an oncoming truck by a helpful alien, time traveller or angel.
Published: November 11, 2013
'Giant Fukushima Mutant Dog' Picture
Circulating Facebook message claims that a massive dog featured in an attached image is a mutant created in-vitro by infusing maternal cells with Fukushima irradiated male DNA. The message links to a longer story about the mutant dog presented as a news article.
Published: November 7, 2013
NO, Obama is NOT Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods
Message circulating via social media claims that US President Obama is rolling out a nationwide network of gas stations that will offer free gas to minority groups and the poor. The message links to a website article with more information about the supposed initiative.
Published: November 1, 2013
Facebook Surcharge Hoax - £1 Per Month From January 2015
Protest message being shared across Facebook claims that Facebook has announced plans to start levying a surcharge of £1 per month from 1st January 2015.
Published: October 30, 2013
Kik Messenger 'Over Usage Of Names' Forwarding Hoax
Message claims that cross platform messaging service Kik has experienced an over usage of user names and warns users that they must forward the information to their entire contact list within 48 hours or their account will be deleted. The message also warns that Kik is about to start charging people for using the system unless they prove that they are frequent users by sending the same message to at least 10 people.
Published: October 16, 2013
WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax
Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".
Published: October 7, 2013
Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?
Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.
Published: September 26, 2013
'Special Education Week' and 'Autism and ADHD Awareness Month' Messages
Circulating social media messages claim that it is Special Education Week and Autism and ADHD awareness month and ask that users post the information and leave it as their status for one hour.
Published: September 11, 2013
Russian Sleep Experiment Story
Article circulating online and via email tells the horrifying story of an experiment conducted by Russian researchers during the 1940's in which five prisoners were kept awake in a sealed environment for 15 days.
Published: September 4, 2013