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Unsubstantiated Emails

In some cases, it is difficult or impossible to conclusively confirm or deny the veracity of the information in an email forward. Thus, the status of such emails needs to be classified as "Unsubstantiated", at least until further evidence is forthcoming.


Viral Image of Baby Being Tattooed

An image that appears to depict a crying child being forcibly tattooed by an adult male is currently circulating via social media, causing outrage as it travels.

Published: April 17, 2014



Young Romanian Woman' Car Crash Scam Warning

Circulating social media message describes a scam tactic in which a young Romanian woman deliberately causes a car accident and is then met at the scene by two male friends who try to take the victim's car away on a low loader.

Published: November 14, 2013


Did a Man in China Sue His Wife For Being Ugly?

Various reports and circulating messages claim that a man in China sued his wife for being ugly and won the case to the tune of $120,000.

Published: November 8, 2013


Spider in Oreo Cookie Photograph

Circulating message that features a photograph depicting an Oreo cookie (or a similar brand of sandwich cookie) with a spider apparently pressed into the cream, suggests that people might want to open their Oreos before eating them.

Published: November 7, 2013


Unsubstantiated Facebook Rumour - Lance K***** Paedophile Warning

Circulating message claims that a man named Lance tried to pick up a 13-year-old girl that he contacted via Facebook. The message includes a photograph allegedly depicting the man.

Published: October 8, 2013


Viral Image Depicts Woman Holding Gun to A Baby's Head

A widely circulated Internet message asks users to share an image depicting a young woman holding a gun to a baby's head in the hope that the woman can be identified.

Published: August 23, 2013


Circulating Message Claims a Dog Died after Playing With a Poisoned Filled Nerf Football

Circulating Facebook message claims that a dog playing at a community dog park died minutes after picking up a poison-filled Nerf football he found.

Published: August 19, 2013


Facebook Warning Claims Pedigree Dry Dog Food Killed Dogs

Viral Facebook message claims that a person's dogs died after eating Pedigree Dry Dog Food. The message includes an image of a sick dog lying in a pool of vomit.

Published: August 16, 2013


Image of Dog Heads On Supermarket Shelf

Message that features an image of what appears to show plastic wrapped dog heads displayed on a supermarket shelf claims that the Chinese have applied to have frozen dog heads imported for human consumption. Another version claims that the picture shows dog heads for sale in a Shoprite Shopping Mall in a Nigerian state.

Published: August 9, 2013


Has Sylvester Stallone Announced That He Has Surrendered His Life To Christ?

Circulating message claims that actor Sylvester Stallone publicly announced a few days ago that he had "surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ". The message suggests that the announcement was not given media coverage because "it has no rating, it pays no publicity and it is politically dangerous".

Published: August 9, 2013


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