'Don't Travel on the Tubes' Terror Threat Rumour
Message circulating via SMS, social media, and email warns UK residents not to travel on the tubes tomorrow because of a possible terror threat. The warning claims that ALL Metropolitan Police have been called into work.
Published: September, 2014
Do Water Filled Zip-Lock Bags with Added Pennies Keep Flies Away?
Long circulated tip claims that hanging a plastic bag half filled with water and containing four pennies will repel flies.
Updated: July 30, 2014
Brown Recluse Spider Bite Warning
Email forward warns about the danger of Brown Recluse spiders and includes graphic pictures of a wound supposedly caused by a recluse bite.
Updated: July 10, 2014
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
Charging a Mobile Phone with Peepal Leaves
Message claims that it is possible to charge a mobile phone battery by touching the stems of peepal tree leaves to the terminals.
Updated: September 11, 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
Bogus Facebook Message Warns Cutest Baby Comp Images Being Misused
Viral Facebook message warns that baby photographs entered into a Cutest Baby competition via a UK website are being reposted on a sex related website.
Published: August 7, 2013
Message Warns Of Requests for Photos Of Babies With Nappies Open
Circulating social media message warns that a woman who frequents baby groups is asking users to send photographs of their babies with nappies open as part of a research project.
Published: August 6, 2013
The Tale of Pastor Jeremiah Steepek and the Homeless Man
Circulating message tells the tale of a newly appointed pastor who posed as a homeless man before meeting his congregation for the first time. The message features a photograph that it claims shows Pastor Steepek dressed as the homeless man.
Published: July 24, 2013
Siamese Pike Photograph
Message that includes a photograph of what appears to be a Siamese pike suggests that the freak fish is a result of chemicals in the water. A new, social media driven, version claims that the "creepy" fish was caught in Pigeon Lake, Alberta.
Updated: July 18, 2013
Google Maps 'Murder Scene'
Circulating message claims that an attached image taken from Google Maps may depict a grisly murder scene on a wooden jetty complete with blood trail. The message urges users to quickly go to the specified map coordinates to zoom in and view the scene before Google removes it.
Published: April 17, 2013
Amber Teething Necklaces - Suspect SIDS 'Warning'
Circulating social media message makes a connection between SIDS and amber teething necklaces. The message cites a case in which the SIDS related death of a baby in NSW was found by the coroner to be associated with use of the necklaces.
Published: March 1, 2013
Does Rubbing Vicks VapourRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing?
Widely circulated message claims that rubbing Vicks VapourRub on the soles of your feet can stop coughing 100% of the time.
Updated: January 28, 2013
Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning
Message warns drivers that roadside criminals are throwing eggs at the windshields of passing cars in the hope that the drivers will be forced to pull over due to obscured vision and therefore become vulnerable to robbery.
Updated: 30th November 2012
Does a Circulating Image Show A Rapist Coach Slashed by a Protective Mother?
Social media driven message claims that a mother who caught a visiting baseball coach sexually assaulting her nine year old son, attacked the man with a large carving knife, thereby causing the severe back injuries depicted in an attached photograph.
Published: October 19, 2012
Does a Photograph Show a Massive Spider found in a Manchester UK House?
Circulating message that features a photograph that depicts a very large spider in the corner of a wall claims that the picture was taken in a house in Manchester and that even the fire brigade was too scared to remove it.
Published: August 17, 2012
Facebook Warning Message - 'Animals in Danger on Craigslist.com'
Message circulating rapidly on Facebook warns that animals advertised as free on Craigslist are being acquired by a group of shooters who then take them to a remote location and use them for target practice. The message claims that a police report has been filed with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and urges anyone with any knowledge of the animal abuse to report it immediately.
Published: July 10, 2012
Can Birds Die From Eating Discarded Gum?
Circulating message claims that birds can die after eating gum thrown on the ground because it fouls their systems and prevents them from eating or drinking. The message includes a photograph depicting a small dead bird with another bird looking on.
Published: 12th June 2012
'22 Foot 2500 Pound' Crocodile Photo
Circulating photograph purportedly shows a 22 foot 2500 pound Crocodile killed near a village on Africa's Niger River.
Published: 23rd April 2012
Unsubstantiated Warning - Johannesburg Freeways 'Complete Shutdown 25th April'
Circulating message warns that major freeways around Johannesburg South Africa will be deliberately blocked by trucking and logistics companies on 25th April 2012 as a protest against the government's proposed implementation of a new toll system.
Published: 11th April 2012
Energy Saver Globe Warning Message - Mercury Exposure Foot Injury Images
Circulating messages that contain graphic images of a severe foot injury claim that the injury was caused by mercury exposure after the victim stepped on a broken energy saving globe (CFL).
Published: 20th October 2011
Shutdown Cell Phone Virtual Kidnapping Scam Warning
Circulated warning claims that people are receiving calls from criminals posing as phone service provider staff who ask them to shut down their cell phones because of an impending update. According to the message, while the victims are thus out of contact because their phones are shut down, the criminals launch a virtual kidnapping scam on their families.
Published: 11th July 2011
Exer-Hide Dog Chew Warning Message
Circulating message warns that a dog chew called Exer-Hide sold at Walmart and other outlets has caused seizures and deaths in dogs that have been given the product.
Published: 20th May 2011
Picture of Huge King Brown Snake in Branxton NSW
Message that contains an image showing a very large snake, claims that the snake is a King Brown found in Branxton, NSW, Australia.
Published: 2nd June 2011
Internet Rumour: Ramsgate Abduction Attempts - Man With Grey Hair & Glasses Driving a Red Car
Message circulating via social media claims that a man with grey hair & glasses driving a red car has been attempting to abduct children near schools in the Ramsgate (UK) area.
Published: 24th March 2011
Unsubstantiated Rumours Claim Michelle Obama is Pregnant
Circulating rumours claim that US First Lady Michelle Obama is pregnant with the couple's third child.
Published: 9th February 2011
Death From Poisoned Rhino Horn Rumour
Message claims that a man in Thailand died after consuming powdered rhino horn that had been deliberately poisoned in a controversial attempt to curtail the poaching of rhinos.
Published: 31st August 2010
Thirty-Two AA Batteries From One 6-Volt Lantern Battery Video
Widely circulated video supposedly shows how to save money by extracting 32 AA batteries from one 6-volt lantern battery.
Updated: 3rd June 2010
PF Lens - See Through Clothing Camera Warning
Email forward warns that unscrupulous photographers are using specialized camera lenses to capture images of women's bodies through their clothing and posting the resulting "nude" pictures on websites.
Updated: 2nd December 2009
Highest Position In The World - Babu Sassi Crane Operator
Email claims that Indian Babu Sassi, a crane operator working on the construction of the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, lives inside the crane's cabin because it takes too long to come down each day.
Published: 19th February 2009
Photographs of an Excavator Climbing a Tower
Photographs circulating via email and online appear to show an excavator climbing a specially constructed tower
Published: 30th January 2009
Video of Lebanese Girl Crying Crystal Tears
Video supposedly shows a 12 year-old Lebanese girl producing sharp crystals from her eyes
Published: 3rd September 2008
Montauk 'Monster' Photograph
A circulating photograph of a strange looking creature apparently washed ashore at Montauk, Long Island New York has generated a great deal of Internet discussion and debate as to its origin.
Published: 5th August 2008
Incredible Chinese Love Story
Message tells the story of a 70 year old Chinese man who lived with his wife in a mountain cave for fifty years and hand-carved more than 6000 stairs up the mountainside for her
Published: 30th July 2008
Heathrow Boeing 777 Crash - RF Interference Rumour
Email forward suggests that an accident involving a Boeing 777 at London's Heathrow airport in January 2008 may have been caused by a RF transmitter signal emitted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown's motorcade.
Published: 19th March 2008
Giant Rattlesnake Photograph
Email claims that a 9 foot, 1 inch rattlesnake that weighed 97 lbs. was caught in the American state of Missouri.
Published: 24th September 2007
Dartanyan Edmonds Suicide Rumour
Message claims that US actor and comedian Dartanyan Edmonds has committed suicide at home in Los Angeles
Published: 23rd August 2007
Fake Eggs from China
Email claims that artificial eggs are made in China from a variety of ingredients, some of which may be harmful to humans, and then sold to consumers for considerably less than real eggs.
Published: 8th August 2007
Wal-Mart Cell Phone Camera Check Scam Warnings
Supposedly official internal memo to employees of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections warns about a widespread scam in Wal-Mart stores in which employees defraud customers by using a cell phone camera to create fake checks.
Published: 7th August 2007
Smell the Candle Robbery Warning
Email forward claims that would-be robbers are trying to gain access to victim's houses by tricking them into smelling a candle that contains a substance that will render them unconscious.
Published: 6th February 2006
Acid Car Hijacking Warning.
Email forward warns recipients that criminals are using pool acid as a weapon to aid in the hijacking of vehicles.
Published: 9th June 2006
Indian Arrest Law Chain Letter - Women's Right to Refuse to Go With Police at Night
Message claims that women living in India have the right to refuse to go to a police station between the hours of 6pm and 6am unless the arresting officer is a woman.
Published: 1st August 2006
Soho Bag Stealing Warning
Email forward claims an attacker is stealing handbags in the Soho area of London then arranging to meet the victim, ostensibly to hand back the bag. According to the email, he uses this meeting to "vet" potential victims and may subsequently use house keys copied from those in the bag to access the victim's house and rape her.
Published: February 2006
Little Iraq Girl saves Marines Email.
Email claims that a little Iraqi girl saved a Marine convoy by sitting in front of a concealed mine with her teddy bear
Published: December 2004
Unborn Baby Footprint Image in Email Forward
Image that arrives by email displays the clearly visible impression of an unborn baby's foot on the mother's stomach.
Published: October 2004
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning by Candle Email Warning
Email warns that burning candles in an air-conditioned room can lead to death from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Are Phone Cameras being used to Steal Credit Card Information?
Email warns recipients that criminals are stealing credit card information from unwary consumers by photographing credit cards with mobile (cell) phone cameras.
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