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  • 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'
    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

  • 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.
    Published: 2004

  • 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.
    Published: 2004

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