Prank Emails - Malicious Hoaxes - Joe Jobs
HOAX - Facebook 'No Religion Campaign'
Circulating message claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'No Religion' campaign during which people caught spreading religious beliefs on the network will have their accounts locked.
Published: March 10, 2014
Back to the Future Arrival Time Prank
Messages that have been repeatedly posted on social media websites claim that 'Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives'. The messages refer to the date that the character 'Marty McFly' from the 'Back to the Future' movies arrives in the future. The messages usually include a graphic supposedly depicting the arrival date.
Published: March 7, 2014
HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'
Circulating message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'no swearing campain' and that people subsequently caught using profanity on the network will have their accounts locked pending further investigations.
Published: March 4, 2014
HOAX - 'Deadly Snow Snake' Image
Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts the deadly 'snow snake'. According to the message, the snake's venom will fatally freeze the blood of those bitten. It warns that four people in the United States have already been bitten.
Published: March 4, 2014
Hoax - 'All European Newborn Babies Microchipped From May 2014'
Circulating report claims that from May 2014, all newborn babies born in Europe will be implanted with a subcutaneous RFID chip that will include a GPS that can be linked to a satellite.
Published: January 23, 2014
Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'
Circulating report claims that Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to long-standing Catholic doctrines after concluding the Third Vatican Council. Supposedly, Pope Francis declared that "all religions are true", that "there is no literal hell", and that the "church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice".
Published: January 8, 2014
Snow Canyon Roadway Image
Caption on a circulating image depicting a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon suggests that the picture was taken in Canada.
Published: January 7, 2014
Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'
Circulating report claims that 18 million blackbirds fell dead on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. The message includes an image depicting a worker picking up the bodies of the dead birds.
Published: January 3, 2014
Satire - 'Girl Suicides after Justin Bieber Beached Whale Comments'
Circulating report claims that an Australian girl committed suicide after being called a "beached whale" by pop star Justin Bieber
Published: December 23, 2013
Backwards Compatibility Pranks Bricks Xbox One Consoles
Circulating message describes how Xbox One users can configure their consoles to enable them to play Xbox 360 games.
Published: December 10, 2013
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