Prank Emails - Malicious Hoaxes - Joe Jobs
SATIRE - 'Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband'
Circulating report claims that US arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby recently fired a woman because she divorced her husband without company approval.
Published: April 14, 2014
HOAX - '15 foot Eastern Brown Snake Found Near Caloundra Golf Course'
Circulating message featuring images of a large snake claims that the snake is a 15 foot long Eastern Brown snake caught near a golf course at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. According to the message, the snake is the largest Eastern Brown ever recorded.
Published: April 11, 2014
HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'
Circulating report claims that the star Meccyroid will pass close to earth on April 21st 2014, resulting in the appearance of two suns in the sky over a 9-hour period.
Published: April 7, 2014
April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'
News snippet circulating via social media claims that the United States is set to ban raw meat sales as a means of ensuring that only pathogen free meats are sold to the public.
Published: April 7, 2014
SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'
Circulating Facebook post claims that lost Flight MH370 has been found in the Indian Ocean. The message features a teaser screenshot of an intact passenger aircraft crashed in the water and invites users to click the image to view a 'shocking video'.
Published: April 2, 2014
HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'
Report circulating via social media claims that scientists at the UK's John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur. The report features a picture that supposedly depicts the cloned baby dinosaur.
Published: March 31, 2014
Like-Farming Video Scam - 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Found in Forest'
'Breaking News' message circulating on Facebook claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found. The message features a video teaser image depicting a plane crashed on a dirt roadway beside a forest.
Published: March 24, 2014
'Eagle Snatching Kid' Viral Video is Fake
A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.
Published: March 21, 2014
HOAX - 'Google Earth Finds SOS From Woman Stranded on Deserted Island'
Circulating report that features an image depicting an SOS sign drawn on the ground and viewed from a high altitude, claims that the sign was made by a woman stranded on a deserted island for 7 years. The report suggests that the SOS was finally spotted via Google Earth.
Published: March 20, 2014
Viral Video Showing UFO Emerging From Behind Cloud
A video going viral via social media appears to show a UFO emerging from behind a cloud and then shooting down bolts of blue light. A message that comes with some versions of the video claims that the video is 'being deleted all over the Internet' and asks users to share because the 'truth is happening'.
Published: March 18, 2014
HOAX - Malaysia Airlines 'Lose Yourself' Advertisement
The text on a circulating poster that is billed as an advertisement for Malaysia Airlines includes the slogans 'Lose yourself on an journey of epic proportions' and 'Wherever you go no one will ever know'. The poster claims that the pictured plane is a Boeing 777. The ad is billed as an uncanny premonition of missing Boeing 777 aircraft Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Published: March 17, 2014
Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'
Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.
Published: March 13, 2014
HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'
Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.
Published: March 13, 2014
HOAX - Volat-Araneus, The Flying Spider
Circulating 'News' snippet claims that Volat-Araneus, a dangerous species of flying spider, will migrate to the UK this year. The snippet links to a longer report discussing the supposed threat.
Published: March 12, 2014
NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'
Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.
Published: March 12, 2014
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