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UNSUBSTANTIATED - 'Possible Maddy McCann Sighting at Football Game Stadium'
Viral social media message suggests that a picture taken from TV coverage of a European football game may show missing English girl Madeline McCann in the stadium audience.

Published: May 22, 2014

UNSUBSTANTIATED - 'Door-to-Door Salesman Stealing Dogs'
Viral social media message claims that an unidentified man in an attached photograph is posing as a door-to-door seller in an attempt to identify households with dogs so that the animals can later be stolen and used for dog fighting.

Published: April 24, 2014

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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