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Bogus Warnings - Page 2

Myth Ice Water Can Cause Dangerous Bloating in Dogs

Long running Internet warning claims that pet owners should never give their dogs ice water and cites a case of a show dog that suffered severe bloat after drinking water with ice in it.

Published: July 11, 2013

Hoax Warning Claims Deadly Swine Flu Epidemic in South Africa

An Afrikaans language message circulating rapidly via email and social media claims that 65 people have died and 25 women have miscarried in recent months due to an outbreak of a deadly strain of swine flu.

Published: July 4, 2013

Bogus Warning - Don't Flash Headlights Gang Initiation

Message purporting to be from security company Chubb warns drivers not to flash their headlights at any cars driving with no lights on. The message claims that, as part of a gang initiation, gang members will chase any car that flashes them and shoot and kill all of the cars occupants.

Published: June 13, 2013

No, A Facebook Page is NOT Stealing Baby Photos of People Who Have 'Baby' On Their Walls

A flurry of breathless Facebook messages warn users that a Facebook Page is automatically stealing baby photos from anyone that has the word "baby" written on their Facebook Walls or images and compiling the photos into one place.

Published: May 9, 2013

Viral Facebook Message Falsely Claims that a Pictured Man is Posing as an RSPCA Officer and Stealing Dogs

Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that a man depicted in an attached photograph is posing as an RSPCA officer and has attempted to steal dogs in the South Yorkshire area of the UK.

Published: March 28, 2013

Gun Owner Vehicle Tagging Hoax

Circulating warning claims that criminal gangs are tagging gun owner vehicles with dots, check marks or coloured stickers so that guns can be later stolen.

Published: March 26, 2013

Bogus Warning White Transit Van 'RH57 WSU' Trying To Steal Dogs

Message circulating virally via social media posts and email warns that a white transit van with the registration 'RH57 WSU' has been seen trying to steal dogs in various locations in the UK and elsewhere.

Published: March 23, 2013

Urban Legend - Couple Arrested at Airport with Dead Baby Stuffed With Drugs

Circulating message claims that police who detained a young couple with a baby at a Las Vegas airport discovered that the baby was dead and that its body had been packed with illegal drugs.

Published: March 22, 2013

KFC 'Genetically Manipulated Organisms' Hoax

Messages claims that fast-food outlet KFC changed its name from Kentucky Fried Chicken because it uses genetically manipulated organisms rather than real chickens and therefore cannot legally use the word "chicken" in its name. As evidence, the message cites a "recent study" conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

Published: March 5, 2013

Perth Dog Fighting Gang 'Coloured Stickers' Hoax

Messages going viral via Social Media outlets warn dog owners that a dog fighting gang is stealing dogs from households in Perth, Western Australia. The messages claim gang members are marking houses where dogs live with coloured stickers so that the dogs can be later stolen.

Published: March 4, 2013

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