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Facebook Scam - 'Guy Removes Blackhead' Post
This message, which is making its way rapidly around Facebook, claims that you can click to see the terrifying outcome when a 'guy removes his blackhead'. The post features a picture of said blackhead.

Published: December 19, 2014


Target 'Order Confirmation' Malware Email
Order confirmation email purporting to be from Target claims that the company's online store has an order addressed to you. The message advises you to click a link to obtain full order information.

Published: December 19, 2014

Fake-News: 'McDonald's Will Stop Serving Overweight Customers'
Circulating report claims that from January 1st 2015, McDonald's will stop serving overweight customers in an effort to battle increasing obesity rates.

Published: December 19, 2014

Rupert Murdoch Condemned for Insensitive 'Congrats' Tweet
In the wake of the Sydney hostage siege, News Corp media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been roundly condemned for an insensitive tweet that he posted congratulating his Sydney news outlet the Daily Telegraph for reporting first on the siege's final bloody outcome.

Published: December 17, 2014

'Teen Who Claimed he Made Millions on Stock Market Admits he Made up the Story
A December 2014 New York Magazine article told the rather compelling story of teenager Mohammed Islam. The article suggested that Islam had made millions trading on the stock market.

Published: December 17, 2014

'Mailbox Almost Full' Phishing Scam
Email purporting to be from the Mail System Administrator, claims that your mailbox is almost full and you should therefore click a link to 'reduce size automatically'.

Published: December 17, 2014

Police Dismiss Sydney New Year's Eve Terror Warning as a Hoax
According to messages circulating rapidly via social media and SMS, people should stay away from Sydney on Christmas and New Years Eve due to a possible terror attack.

Published: December 15, 2014

Fake-News Report Claims Facebook To Shut Down for Week of Maintenance
Circulating report claims that Facebook will be shut down for a full week starting on January 1st so that standard maintenance can be performed on the site.

Published: December 15, 2014

Payment Gateway 'Credit Card Transaction Result' Malware Email
Payment gateway transaction result notification email claims that your credit card has been charged several hundred dollars. The email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a sales receipt for the transaction.

Published: December 15, 2014

Fake Facebook Password Reset Email Links to Malware
Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that your password has been reset due to suspicious activity and you must click a link to 'restore the password'.

Published: December 10, 2014

  • 'Home and Away Cancelled' Post is Just a Prank
    According to a post that is circulating rapidly via social media, popular Australian TV series Home and Away is set to be cancelled in 2015.

    Published: December 15, 2014

  • Amount of Money Lost to Dating Scams Increasing by Millions of Dollars
    The amount of money reportedly lost to dating scams amounts to $23 million in 2014 in Australia

    Published: December 15, 2014

  • Lottery Scam - 'Google Plus 2014 Promotion'
    According to this email you have won £550,000 in the Google Plus 2014 Promotion. Information about the supposed win is contained in an attached Microsoft Word document signed off by 'Dr. Larry Page' of Google.

    Published: December 15, 2014

    Fake News Report Claims Loggers Have Cut Down World's Oldest Tree
    Circulating 'news' report claims that illegal loggers have mistakenly cut down the world's oldest tree in the Amazon Rainforest.

    Published: December 10, 2014

    Fake Walgreens Order Email Opens Malware Website
    Order Email purporting to be from US pharmacy retailing chain Walgreens claims that you can find more information about a recent order by clicking a link.

    Published: December 10, 2014

    PHISHING - 'Your Email Address Transmitting Viruses'
    Email from 'Admin' claims that your email address has been transmitting viruses and your account will be deactivated if you do not click a link to 'sanitize your email account'.

    Published: December 9, 2014

    Argos 'Curved TV Giveaway' Survey Scam
    Facebook post claims that retailer Argos is giving away a Samsung curved TV for Christmas and you can enter by sharing and liking the post and clicking a link.

    Published: December 7, 2014

    Natwest 'Account Re-evaluation Required' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest warns that there has been 'uncommon activity' on your account.

    Published: December 6, 2014

    'Facebook Law For Idiots' Video From CollegeHumor.Com
    Recent news about Facebook's new terms and conditions have caused the absurd 'Facebook Privacy Notice' to once again go viral. The crew over at CollegeHumor.com have put together a funny video that exposes the notice for the silly nonsense that it is.

    Published: December 6, 2014

    Axl Rose is NOT Dead - Star Targeted in Death Hoax Message
    Circulating 'news' report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his Hollywood home.

    Published: December 5, 2014

    Fake STD 261 Form Email Contains Malware
    This email claims that all employees are required to fill out an 'STD 261' form contained in an attached file. Supposedly, the form is an 'Authorization to Use Privately Owned Vehicle on State Business' and is sent out annually.

    Published: December 5, 2014

    Viber 'Will Become Chargeable' Hoax
    Circulating message claims that messaging service Viber will start charging you to send messages if you do not send the information to ten people to prove that you are an 'avid user'.

    Published: December 5, 2014

    Fake-News Report Claims Obama's Daughter is Pregnant
    According to a 'news' story that is circulating rapidly via social media, US President Obama's 16-Year-Old Daughter Malia is pregnant. The story suggests that the pregnancy will be a major White House scandal and quotes Michelle Obama as explaining that 'teen pregnancy runs in the family'.

    Published: December 4, 2014

    'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan is NOT Dead
    Circulating report claims that the 'dog whisperer' Cesar Millan has died of a heart attack.

    Published: December 3, 2014

    Satire Story Claims North Dakota Named Landfill After Obama
    A report circulating via social media and the blogosphere claims that a new publicly owned landfill in the American state of North Dakota has been named after President Obama.

    Published: December 3, 2014

    Malware Email Claims 'You Have Received a New Fax
    According to this email, you have received a new fax. The email implies that printing company Epson sent the fax. Supposedly, you can view the fax by opening an attached .pdf.

    Published: December 3, 2014

    SCAM - 'Bob Erb Email Donation Project'
    Email purporting to be from philanthropist and lottery winner Bob Erb's 'publicity secretary' claims that, via the random selection of your email address, you have been chosen as the recipient of $850,000 as part of a 'Christmas Donation Project'.

    Published: December 2, 2014

    Fake Walmart 'Order Details' Email Opens Malware Website
    Email purporting to be from Walmart claims that you can click a link to read more information about a recent order.

    Published: December 2, 2014

    Fake Costco Order Notification Leads to Malware
    Email purporting to be from Costco thanks you for your recent order and invites you to view order details by clicking a link.

    Published: November 28, 2014

    Watch Out For These 6 Christmas Internet Scams
    Every year, as Christmas draws near, cybercriminals tend to ramp up their nefarious activities.

    Published: November 28, 2014

    Hateful Westboro Baptist Church Caught Up in Turkey Recall Hoax
    We can only hope that, over the last few days, the haters at the notorious Westboro Baptist Church have been kept busy fielding phone calls about virus infected Thanksgiving Turkeys rather than spreading their vile doctrines.

    Published: November 27, 2014

    Hoax - 'Chipotle Using Dog and Cat Meat in Meals'
    Circulating story claims that popular restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill under investigation for using dog and cat meat in their dishes.

    Published: November 25, 2014

    Fake Speeding Infringement Notice Opens Drug Store Spam Site
    Infringement notice email claims that you have been caught speeding by a verified speed camera and must pay a fine. The email includes links that supposedly allow you to pay the fine or view the speed camera images.

    Published: November 25, 2014

    Fake ANZ Email Promises $250 (PHISHING)
    This email claims that customers who click a link to participate in a survey about ANZ will be rewarded with eDine Discount Vouchers worth $250.

    Published: November 25, 2014

    E-Cigarettes Used to Distribute Malware? Plausible, But Not Yet Confirmed
    Several circulating reports are warning that E-Cigarettes may be used to distribute malware to unsuspecting customers.

    Published: November 24, 2014

    Fake-News Story Claims Millions of Turkeys Recalled Due to Avian Virus
    Circulating report claims that millions of Thanksgiving turkeys have been recalled by the CDC because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus that has developed the ability to move from birds to humans.

    Published: November 24, 2014

    Fake Report Claims Man in India is 179 Years Old
    A circulating report claims that Mashashta Murasi, a man in Bangalore, India has reached the age of 179 years and that 'death has forgotten him'.

    Published: November 20, 2014

    Message Claims +96723345 Calls Can Clone Your SIM Card
    Circulating social media post warns users not to answer calls from 96723345 because the callers may try to clone your SIM card when you answer.

    Published: November 20, 2014

    PHISHING SCAM - 'Receipt For Payment to Apple Store'
    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims to be a receipt for a recent payment to the Apple store. The email includes a 'dispute transaction' link that you can click if you did not authorize the charge.

    Published: November 19, 2014

    Audi R8 Facebook Giveaway Scam
    Facebook Page claims that you can win an Audi R8 car just by liking the page, commenting with your desired colour, and sharing a promotional post.

    Published: November 19, 2014

    Was a Man's Genitals Stolen in Thailand For Sale on the Black Market?
    Circulating report claims that a hapless male tourist in Bangkok, Thailand woke up to find that his genitals had been stolen during the night.

    Published: November 18, 2014

    'Naked Woman Eaten by Shark' Post Leads to Malware
    This Facebook post features an image of a naked woman apparently being eaten by a shark and includes a "Play" button that supposedly opens a video showing the attack.

    Published: November 17, 2014

  • Phone Scammers Pretending to be from IRS
    US news outlets are currently reporting a spate of IRS related phone scams. The scammers are cold calling residents and pretending to be from the IRS. The scammers claim that the victims owe considerable sums of money to the IRS and must arrange payment immediately or face serious legal consequences.

    Published: November 17, 2014

  • Sadly Predictable! Comet Landing Conspiracy Theories Emerging
    November 12, 2014 saw a new milestone in space exploration when Rosetta's Philae probe soft landed on a comet. This was an extraordinary event in human history.

    Published: November 16, 2014

    'Drunk Girl' Video Allegedly Not What it Seems
    A story circulating via social media reports that more than 250,000 holiday turkeys on a Texas farm may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus and will have to be destroyed. The report features a photograph depicting dead turkeys in a farm shed.

    Published: November 16, 2014

    Eating Fido in LA? - Hoax Report Claims American Restaurant Given Permission To Sell Dog Meat
    A circulating report claims that a Los Angeles restaurant called Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining has been given permission to sell and consume dog meat and is allowed to slaughter up to three dogs per day for that purpose.

    Scam Email Pretends to be From Lottery Winners Bill And Andrea Groner
    Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winners Bill And Andrea Groner claims that the couple are giving you 1 million dollars as part of a charity project.

    Israeli 'Airport Security Device' Joke Message
    A message that has circulated via email and social media for several years claims that the Israelis are developing an airport security system in which any explosives that passengers may have on them will be automatically detonated when they step into an armoured booth.

    Published: November 10, 2014

    HOAX - 'Buzz Aldrin Admits Moon Landings Were Fake'
    Circulating report claims that astronaut Buzz Aldrin has confirmed via a confession video and Twitter post that the moon landings never happened and that videos of the landings depicted a 'setup that was created to simulate how the moon and space would look'.

    Published: November 10, 2014

    PHISHING - 'Your Account is Temporarily Locked' Facebook Email
    Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that your account has been temporarily locked and you must therefore click a link to complete a security check and restore account access.

    Published: November 10, 2014

    Macaulay Culkin is NOT Dead
    Circulating rumour claims that actor Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone fame has died.

    Published: November 9, 2014

    Don't Worry! Beanie Babies are NOT Hatching Spiders
    Circulating report claims that Beanie Baby stuffed toys made in the 90's were filled with spider eggs and that these eggs are finally hatching their horde of baby brown recluse spiders.

    Published: November 7, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Ben Kingsley Admits he is a Dog Fighting Addict'
    Circulating report claims that greatly respected actor Sir Ben Kingsley has admitted to a media outlet that he is a dog fighting addict.

    Published: November 6, 2014

    'R.I.P. Miley Cyrus' Facebook Scam
    Circulating Facebook post claims that singer Miley Cyrus has died. The post features a teaser image of the star on a bed with a bottle of pills beside her. Clicking the image supposedly opens a video with more information about the star's demise.

    Published: November 6, 2014

    'C-93 Virus Alert' Phishing Scam Email
    An email claiming to be from Windows Outlook warns that a 'C93 Virus' has been detected in your mailbox and you are therefore required to click a link to run a Norton anti-virus scan to resolve the issue.

    Published: November 4, 2014

    HOAX - 'Death Row Inmate Requests Child as Last Meal'
    Circulating report claims that a Texas death row inmate convicted of murder and cannibalism has requested a little boy as his last meal and that the Department of Corrections has accepted the request. The report features a photograph of the supposed inmate.

    Published: October 31, 2014

    Norman Reedus is NOT Dead
    Circulating social media rumour claims that American actor Norman Reedus has died. Reedus plays the character Daryl Dixon in 'The Walking Dead'.

    Published: October 30, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - '$100 KOHL'S Gift Card Giveaway' Facebook Post
    Facebook post claims that you can click a link to get a $100 gift card from department store Kohl's.

    Published: October 30, 2014

    TRUE - Fireball Whiskey Recalled in 3 European Countries
    Reports and rumours currently buzzing around the Internet claim that popular cinnamon flavoured whiskey Fireball has been recalled in Europe because it contains an ingredient found in some types of antifreeze.

    Published: October 30, 2014

    PHISHING SCAM - 'Request to Terminate Microsoft Account'
    Email purporting to be Microsoft Account Services claims that you have submitted a request to terminate your Microsoft Account and the process has already started. The email incudes a link to cancel the termination request.

    Published: October 28, 2014

    HOAX - 'NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness'
    A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between the 16th and the 22nd of December due to a solar storm.

    Published: October 27, 2014

    Skype 'Missed Messages' Pharmacy Spam
    According to this email, which claims to be from Skype, you have missed messages waiting. The email invites you to click a link to view your messages.

    Published: October 27, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Professor Hinkley From Gilligan�s Island is Zodiac Killer'
    Circulating report claims that the late Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan�s Island, has been identified as the notorious serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer.

    Published: October 27, 2014

    Judd Nelson Of The Breakfast Club Fame is NOT Dead
    A rapidly circulating news report claims that actor Judd Nelson, who is best known for playing the character John Bender in The Breakfast Club, has been found dead in his Los Angeles home.

    Published: October 27, 2014

    SATIRE - 'Harper Changes Canadian Flag'
    A report circulating via social media claims that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unexpectedly unveiled a 'new-look' Canadian flag that matches the Conservative Party’s red, white, and blue logo colours.

    Published: October 24, 2014

    Circulating Messages Claim Video Shows MH17 Crash
    Messages circulating via SMS and social media suggest that an accompanying video depicts the crash of MH17.

    Published: October 24, 2014

    HOAX - 'Ebola Vaccinations to Contain RFID Chips'
    Circulating report claims that the US government has hatched a nefarious scheme to secretly implant RFID chips in citizens by hiding the chips in Ebola vaccinations.

    Published: October 23, 2014

    PHISHING - PayPal 'We've temporarily limited your account ' Email
    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that the company needs your help resolving an issue with your account and asks you to open an attached file and follow the instructions.

    Published: October 23, 2014

    Banksy Has NOT Been Arrested -Report is a Hoax
    Circulating report claims that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been arrested in London and his identity has finally been revealed.

    Published: October 21, 2014

    FNBO Account Application Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) claims that your account application ahs been received and invites you to open an attached file to view documents about your application.

    Published: October 13, 2014

    MALWARE - Emma Watson 'Private Video' Facebook Message
    A message being posted on Facebook invites users to click a link to view a salacious leaked video depicting Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

    Published: October 12, 2014

    Three Malware Distribution Methods You REALLY Need to Know About
    Criminals use many ways to distribute malware. However, over recent years, they have repeatedly used the following three methods in their malware email campaigns.

    Published: October 12, 2014

    Social Media Messages Misinterpret Red Bull 'Gives You Wings' Class Action
    Circulating social media messages - and some news headlines - suggest that Red Bull has been sued because consumers of the drink did not actually grow wings as per the company's slogan.

    Published: October 9, 2014

    Salt Water Ebola Prevention Hoax Leads to Deaths
    A social media hoax, which falsely claimed that drinking or bathing in salt water could prevent infection from the deadly Ebola virus, has reportedly led to at least two deaths.

    Published: October 9, 2014

    Hoax Claims Jenni Rivera Faked Own Death
    Circulating report claims that famous Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera faked her own death in 2012 and now faces 15 years prison for fraud and conspiracy.

    Published: October 8, 2014

    Vodafone 'One Unread Message' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that you have one unread message on your Online Vodafone Account and should click a link to view the message.

    Published: October 8, 2014

    'Invisible Art' Prank Fools Many Internet Users
    Circulating report, which features an image of art gallery visitors apparently staring at blank walls, claims that the visitors are viewing 'invisible art' created by artist Lana Newstrom. The report claims Newstrom's 'invisible art' pieces can sell for upwards of a million dollars each.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email
    Oft forwarded email claims that it is online friends day and a friend is sending your flowers. According to the email, the number of bouquet images in the email will increase each time it is forwarded.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    Fake-News: 'Tax Refunds to be Delayed Until October 2015'
    Online 'news' story claims that, due to a directive from the Obama administration, tax refunds owed to American taxpayers will now be delayed until October 2015.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    'Reyfields Investigations' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from one Michael Reyfields of Reyfields Investigations claims that he is looking for the possible next of kin of a man who died intestate leaving unclaimed investments with the HSBC bank.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces
    Scammers posing as court officials are calling people and claiming that they have missed a scheduled jury duty date and must therefore pay an immediate fine or face serious legal consequences.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    'Interested in Your CV' Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that a company is interested in your CV and invites you to apply for a job involving the 'payment control' of clients.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    Fake-News: 'Sarah Palin Calls on Obama to Invade Ebola'
    Circulating report claims that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has called on President Obama to invade Ebola to deal with the 'dangerous and immediate threat to our freedoms and security' posed by the 'evil Ebola empire'.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    Red Cross 'Job Offer' Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the American Red Cross claims that the organization is recruiting staff to work in a disaster zone and will pay workers $250 per day. To procure one of the positions, you are instructed to fill in a membership form and pay an 'enrollment' fee.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    Ebola Zombie Hoax
    Circulating rumours and reports claim that there has been a confirmed case of an Ebola victim rising from the dead in Africa. Many of the messages include an image that supposedly depicts this Ebola zombie.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Prehistoric Shark Captured off Pakistan'
    Circulating report claims that a giant prehistoric shark from a species that was thought to be extinct for 20 million years has been caught off the coast off Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.

    Published: October 3, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Robert Mugabe Announces Plans For Final Solution Against White Racism'
    Circulating report claims that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has announced plans for a 'Holocaust' against white people in which every white man, woman, and child in Zimbabwe will be exterminated without mercy.

    Published: October 1, 2014

    Misleading Protest Message Calls for KFC Boycott Due to Halal Hand Wipe Rules
    Protest message circulating via Facebook calls for a boycott of KFC after staff at a halal KFC branch in Leicester, UK, refused to give a customer hand wipes because they contain alcohol and might therefore break Islamic rules.

    Published: September 30, 2014

    Viber 'Missed Call' Malware Email
    Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that you have a missed call waiting and invites you to click a link to listen to the message.

    Published: September 30, 2014

    PHISHING - AOL Mail 'Exceeded Storage Limit' Email
    Message purporting to be from large US webmail provider AOL Mail claims that your email storage limit has been exceeded and you must therefore click a link to re-validate your mailbox.

    Published: September 29, 2014

    Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
    Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.

    Published: September 29, 2014

    Isis Door Knocking Warning Message is a Hoax
    A 'warning' circulating via social media websites and text messages claims that members of the terror group Isis are going door to door in Australia with a view to 'marking' Christian homes.

    Published: September 27, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
    Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.

    Published: September 26, 2014

    'HP Car Advertisement' Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from a firm called 'HP Car Advertisement' claims that you can earn $450 per week just by placing an 'auto wrap' advertising decal on your car and driving around as you normally do.

    Published: September 25, 2014

    Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat was an Elaborate Hoax
    A threat to publish stolen nude photos of actress Emma Watson has turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

    Published: September 25, 2014

    Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?
    Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

    Published: September 23, 2014

    FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.

    Published: September 23, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Texas to Legalize Marijuana Use'
    Circulating story claims that Texas has a new bill that will legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana from January 1, 2015.

    Published: September 22, 2014

    MALWARE - 'My New Photo' Emails
    Emails with the subject line and text 'my new photo :)' include an attached .zip file that supposedly contains the promised image.

    Published: September 22, 2014

    HOAX - 'Facebook to Begin Charging Users From November 1st'
    Report circulating via social media claims that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month from November 1st 2014 in an effort to counter rising costs.

    Published: September 22, 2014

    Do NOT Try to Charge your iPhone in a Microwave - 'Wave' iOS8 Hoax
    Viral message claims that new 'Wave' technology that comes with Apple's iOS8 allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone by placing it in a household microwave for a minute and a half.

    Published: September 19, 2014

    HOAX - 'Cosmic Rays Entering Earth From Mars'
    Circulating message warns that potentially dangerous cosmic rays will be entering the Earth from Mars between 10:30 pm and 3:30 am tonight and users should switch off their mobile devices. The message claims that the information comes from BBC News.

    Published: September 17, 2014

    MALWARE - 'Invoice Overdue Notification'
    'Invoice overdue' email claims that, if you do not pay the outstanding amount within 7 days, legal action will be taken to recover the money owed. You are invited to 'press a link' to view the original invoice.

    Published: September 17, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Win Free Apple iPhone 6'
    Website claims that you can win an iPhone 6 by liking and sharing a Facebook Page and participating in online surveys.

    Published: September 15, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Eminem Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab'
    Story circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab to deal with a heroin addiction.

    Published: September 15, 2014

    Fake 'Islamic Rights' Facebook Page Inciting Hatred on Gold Coast
    A Facebook Page called 'Preserving Islamic Rights on the Gold Coast' has demanded that the Gold Coast mayor incorporate Islamic prayers into the Anzac Day Dawn service to 'honour fallen Islamic diggers'. It also proposes that an Islamic symbol be included on a newly designed Australian flag. It even suggests that an entire Islamic suburb to be called 'New Palestine' and complete with a 'Refugee Ferry Port and Processing Facility is to be built in the area.

    Published: September 13, 2014

    HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message features a strident letter supposedly sent to parents by Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.

    Published: September 12, 2014

    HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message features a strident letter supposedly sent to parents by Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.

    Published: September 12, 2014

    HOAX - 'Send Message to 10 Contacts to Activate WhatsApp with 'F' Logo'
    Message purporting to be from the director of instant messaging application WhatsApp claims that the service has been bought by Mark Zuckerberg and you must therefore send the same message to at least 10 contacts to activate your account with Facebook.

    Published: September 12, 2014

    'Outstanding Warrant' Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as law-enforcement officers are cold-calling people and tricking them into paying over the phone to resolve supposedly outstanding warrants.

    Published: September 10, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'FDA Find Coors Light Beers Laced With Cocaine'
    Report being shared via social media claims that the FDA has discovered that thousands of Coors Light beers across the US have been laced with cocaine.

    Published: September 10, 2014

    MALWARE - TNT Express 'Could Not Make Delivery' Email
    Message purporting to be from delivery company TNT Express claims that the service could not make delivery of a parcel and you should therefore click a link to get a postal receipt.

    Published: September 10, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall'
    Viral 'news' report claims that meteorologists and weather science experts warn that there is a 99% chance that the entire United States will experience 'record shattering snow storms' in coming months.

    Published: September 9, 2014

    PHISHING - Apple ID 'Complete Our Validation Process' Email
    Email purporting to be from Apple Customer Service claims that you must complete a validation process for your account or risk suspension of your Apple ID.

    Published: September 9, 2014

    Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck
    Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.

    Updated: September 8, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Two Little Creatures Found in USA'
    'Breaking News' message being shared via Facebook claims that two little creatures that look just like humans have been found in the USA. The message invites you to click a 'play' button on a teaser image of the creatures to view video footage.

    Published: September 9, 2014

    BH Live 'Peter Pan' eTickets Malware Email
    Ticket order confirmation email purporting to be from UK ticket agency BH Live Tickets claims that you can view and print your purchased tickets to Peter Pan by opening an attached file.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    Fake News - 'Ruins of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert'
    Report being shared via social media claims that the ruins of an ancient city have been discovered in the Australian desert. The report features a photograph that supposedly depicts the Australian ruins.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    Reports Warn Users About Venomous Puss Caterpillars
    Reports circulating via social media warn people not to touch the 'Puss Caterpillar' because its fur contains venom that can cause intense pain as well as vomiting and other health problems.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    Shakira Death Hoax Email Contains Malware
    Spanish language email claims that Colombian entertainer Shakira has been killed in a car accident and invites you to open an attached file for further details.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    FACEBOOK SCAM - 'Free Harley Davidson Giveaway'
    Facebook Page claims that users can win a free Harley Davidson Road King just by liking and commenting on the Page and sharing an image of the bike.

    Published: September 6, 2014

    Scammers Capitalize on Nude Celebrity Photo Leak
    Online criminals are using publicity surrounding the recent nude celebrity photo leak to trick people into following links that lead to malware or survey scam websites.

    Published: September 6, 2014

    Betty White 'Dyes' Joke Article Dupes Internet Users
    Circulating message features the headline 'Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home' and includes a link to a longer report.

    Published: September 5, 2014

    HM Revenue & Customs 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from UK tax agency HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), warns that your HMRC account has been locked and that you should click a link to complete a verification process.

    Updated: September 3, 2014

    'Saved by the Bell' Star Dennis Haskins Is NOT Dead
    Message being shared via social media claims that American actor Dennis Haskins, who is best known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the sitcom 'Saved by the Bell', has been killed in a car accident.

    Updated: September 3, 2014

    WhatsApp 'New Voicemail' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from cross platform IM application WhatsApp claims that the recipient has a new voicemail that can be accessed by clicking the "Play" button in the message.

    Updated: September 3, 2014

    Protest Message Claims Arab Man Refused to Sell Gas to Uniformed Soldier
    A boycott message going viral via social media claims that an Arabic worker at a Michigan gas station refused to sell gas to a uniformed U.S. Army reservist.

    Published: September 2, 2014

    Kitty Cat-Astrophe! - 'Hello Kitty is Not a Cat'
    A recent revelation involving iconic cartoon character Hello Kitty has rocked the interwebs to its core. Shock horror. It seems that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat!

    Published: September 2, 2014

    HOAX - 'Chemical Laced $100 Bills Placed on Cars to Kidnap Drivers'
    Circulating message claims that criminals are placing $100 bills laced with a debilitating chemical on cars as a means of making drivers who touch the note pass out so that they can be kidnapped or assaulted.

    Published: September 1, 2014

    '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 1, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Tupac Shakur Alive'
    Circulating report claims that rapper Tupac Shakur did not die in a September 1996 drive-by shooting as thought but has instead been in hiding for 18 years.

    Published: August 31, 2014

    Ice Bucket Challenge Death Hoaxes
    Social media messages claim that teens have died when large tubs struck their heads while they participated in the ice bucket challenge meme that is currently circulating around the world. The articles include videos depicting the supposedly fatal stunts.

    Published: August 30, 2014

    Scam Callers Threaten Internet Disconnection
    Callers claiming to be from the technical department of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Telstra warn that your Internet service is about to be disconnected because hackers have accessed your computer or it has been infected with viruses.

    Published: August 29, 2014


    Breaking Bad Season 6 Claim is a Hoax
    The interwebs have been all abuzz in recent days with rumours that popular TV series 'Breaking Bad' is set to return with a totally unexpected Season 6.

    Published: August 29, 2014

    PHISHING - HSBC Bank 'Account Monitoring Process' Email
    Email claiming to be from HSBC bank advises you that your account has been suspended via an account monitoring process designed to protect you from fraudsters.

    Published: August 28, 2014

    Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish
    Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

    Published: August 28, 2014

    MALWARE - Order Number 'Thank You For Using Our Services' Email
    Email claims to be a notification about recent transaction and includes an order number, price, and payment method. It advises you to open an attached file for details about the purchase.

    Published: August 28, 2014

    Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
    Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

    Published: August 27, 2014

    Urgent Prayer Request for Northern Iraq Claims to be From Open Doors
    A circulating message, which purports to be from Christian support organization Open Doors, claims that there is a serious threat that all Christians in Northern Iraq may be beheaded within hours and calls for 'urgent prayer backing' to help those in danger.

    Published: August 27, 2014

    MALWARE - 'K&L Gates Debt Recovery Notification'
    Debt recovery notification email purporting to be from K&L Gates claims that you have unpaid utility bills and must pay within three days or face court and possible eviction.

    Published: August 27, 2014

    FAKE- NEWS: 'George Zimmerman Arrested in Ferguson'
    Circulating social media message claims that George Zimmerman, who shot and killed African American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been arrested in Ferguson after an altercation with two black teenagers.

    Published: August 26, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - Free $1000 Gift Card From Kmart
    A message circulating on Facebook says that you can claim a $1000 Kmart gift card for free by clicking a link.

    Published: August 26, 2014

    Fake Adobe Invoice Email Contains Malicious Macro
    Email purporting to be from the Adobe Billing Department claims that you can view an invoice for Adobe services by opening an attached Microsoft Word document.

    Published: August 26, 2014

    SCAM - 'Facebook Work From Home Program'
    Message claims that Facebook has launched a new 'Work From Home' program that will allow users to make money from the comfort of their own homes.

    Published: August 25, 2014

    ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'Web Awards 2014' Notification Email
    Email claims that you have won three million US dollars in the 2014 Web industry award scheme.

    Published: August 25, 2014

    FALSE - 'New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police About Illegal Activity'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that the new Facebook messenger app automatically alerts police when it detects messages mentioning illegal activities. According to the message, 250 people have already been arrested as a result.

    Published: August 25, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Sylvester Stallone Died in Horrible Car Accident'
    Facebook post claims that actor Sylvester Stallone has died in a car accident. The post features a teaser image of a crashed car and invites users to click a 'play' button to view video footage of the accident.

    Published: August 21, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts
    Circulating report claims that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.

    Published: August 21, 2014

    MALWARE - 'Baker & McKenzie' Court Notice Email
    Email purporting to be from law firm Baker & McKenzie claims that you are scheduled to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

    Published: August 20, 2014

    Gumtree 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from online buying and selling website Gumtree claims that you Gumtree account has been locked for security reasons and you must proceed with a verification process to restore access.

    Published: August 5, 2014

    FACEBOOK SCAM - 'Spiders Coming Out Of Guy's Leg'
    Facebook message featuring an image depicting a man with a strange growth on his thigh invites users to click a 'play' button to view spiders coming out of the man's leg.

    Published: August 19, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Free $250 McDonalds Gift Card'
    Message appearing on Facebook claims that you can click a link to get a McDonalds gift card worth $250.

    Published: August 18, 2014

    Circulating Message Warns Parents About Kik Messenger App
    Social media driven warning message outlines an incident in which a 14-year-old girl was contacted via Kik Messenger by a man who tried to intimidate her into sending aninappropriate picture of herself via the app.

    Published: August 18, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - Robin Williams 'Goodbye' Video Message
    Message appearing on Facebook invites users to click a link to view an 'exclusive' video of Robin Williams saying goodbye with his cell phone.

    Published: August 15, 2014

    UNFOUNDED - 'Kinder Joy Contains Wax Coating That Can Cause Cancer'
    Circulating warning claims that children's chocolate treat, Kinder Joy contains a wax coating that can cause cancer. It further claims that Styrofoam containers also have a wax coating.

    Published: August 15, 2014

    PHISHING SCAM - 'Upgrade Your Bigpond Account'
    Message purporting to be from Australian internet and email service provider Bigpond claims that unused accounts are being cancelled to create more space and you must therefore click a link to re-activate your account and prevent its permanent closure.

    Published: August 14, 2014

    PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email
    Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.

    Published: August 13, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.

    Published: August 5, 2014

    Hulk Hogan is NOT Dead
    Rumours circulating via social media claim that wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has died.

    Published: August 5, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Government Warning' About Bath Shampoo
    'Government Warning' message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person's shoulder claims that the growth was caused by a type of bath shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the video to learn more about the 'disease'.

    Published: July 31, 2014


    FAKE-NEWS: 'Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales'
    Circulating report claims that 16 members of a Japanese whaling crew have been killed and eaten by a school of killer whales.

    Published: July 31, 2014

    ATO 'Multiple Password Failures' Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that a security check discovered multiple failed login attempts and you are therefore required to reconfirm your account information within 48 hours.

    Published: July 30, 2014

    SATIRE - 'George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession'
    Circulating report claims that former US President George W. Bush has been arrested after police found an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment during a routine traffic stop.

    Published: July 28, 2014

    HOAX - 'Wiltshire Church to Become Mosque and Bodies Dug Up'
    Circulating social media message claims that a British church in Wiltshire, UK will be converted into a mosque and that bodies buried in the church's graveyard will be dug up and moved. The message features an image of the church.

    Published: July 28, 2014

    Macro Virus Threat Returns - Beware Emails With Malicious Word Attachments
    Unsolicited emails with attached 'invoice' or 'payment' Microsoft Word documents ask users to enable Macros to view document contents.

    Published: July 24, 2014

    FALSE - 'Jim Parsons Quits Big Bang Theory'
    Circulating report claims that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the popular TV show 'Big Bang Theory', has quit the show after an on-set argument with co-star Johnny Galecki.

    Published: July 24, 2014

    Amazon 'Order Details' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Amazon, thanks recipients for their order and invites them to view order details in an attached file.

    Published: July 24, 2014

    Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
    Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have appeared online. These sites publish articles that - for the most part - are simply made up by their authors.

    Published: July 23, 2014

    LIKE-FARMING - 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45' Facebook Giveaway
    Facebook Page claims that users can win a 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45 just by liking the page, liking and sharing a promotional post, and adding a comment specifying what colour car they would like.

    Published: July 21, 2014

    Beware of Scams That Exploit M17 Disaster
    Sadly, callous criminals waste no time in exploiting disasters such as air-crashes, terrorist attacks, storms, or tsunamis.

    Published: July 21, 2014

    RESHIPPING SCAM - 'Transportation Manager' Parcel Repacking Job Offer
    Email offers you a position as a 'Transportation Manager', a work-at-home job that involves accepting, repacking and reposting various parcels.

    Published: July 17, 2014

    MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email
    Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

    Published: July 15, 2014

    Fiction - Facebook Messages from Dead Girlfriend

    Circulating message relates the scary tale of a man who continues to receive Facebook messages from his girlfriend even though she died in a 2012 car accident.

    Published: July 10, 2014



    Facebook Scam - 'Free Baby Relief Kit From Johnson'

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that you can get a free baby relief kit from Johnson's by clicking a link and following the instructions.

    Published: July 9, 2014



    Scammers Target Australian Residents Via Fake Virgin Airlines Calls
    A number of people in different parts of Australia have reported receiving 'prize' calls claiming to be from Virgin Australia.

    Published: July 15, 2014

    NONSENSE: August 2014 Date Combination - 'Once Every 823 Years'

    Circulating message claims that August 2014 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a phenomenon that occurs only once every 823 years. The message also claims that sharing the information will bring you money based on Chinese Feng Shui.

    Published: July 11, 2014



    PHISHING - 'Security Alert Facebook Disabled' Email
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Security team claims that, due to suspicious account activity that violates the Terms of Service, your Facebook account will be automatically disabled if you do not click a link and confirm account details within 12 hours.

    Published: July 15, 2014

    LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.

    Published: July 14, 2014

    Hoax - 'RFID Chip Will Be Implemented In All Public Schools By 2015'
    Circulating report claims that RFID Chips Will Be Implemented In All US Public School childrenby 2015 in an effort to curb gun violence.

    Published: July 14, 2014

    Malware : E-ZPass Unpaid Toll Email Links to Malware Website

    Email purporting to be from US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that the recipient has not paid for driving on a toll road and should click a link to download an invoice.

    Published: July 11, 2014



    Hoax - 'Dangerous 'New Known Spider' Spreading In Australia'
    Circulating message warns you to watch out for a very dangerous 'new known spider' that is spreading across Australia. The message includes a picture of the spider along with a series of images supposedly depicting a wound caused by a bite from one of the spiders.

    Published: July 10, 2014

    LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.

    Published: July 14, 2014

    Phishing: 'Expiration Of Your BTinternet Email'
    Message purporting to be from BTInternet claims that you must update all of your 'informations' via an attached form or risk the 'expiration' of your BTInternet email.

    Published: July 8, 2014


    'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that lost Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 was found by a sailor moments ago. The message is presented as a video that users can supposedly click for more information and features a screenshot of a downed plane.

    Published: July 8, 2014

    True but Outdated - 'Man Punching Dog' Protest Message
    Viral social media message features an image depicting a man about to punch a dog held against a wall and another image showing the dog buried up to its neck in sand. The message asks that people share the images in the hope that the man can be recognized and arrested.

    Published: July 7, 2014



    SURVEY SCAM - 'Abnormal Creatures Growing In Woman's Breast'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that an image in the post depicts a woman's breast that has 'unusual and abnormal' creatures growing in it. The image includes a video play button that supposedly allows people to watch footage of the 'creatures'.

    Published: June 25, 2014



    SATIRE - 'Unborn Baby Pregnant Inside Womb'

    Circulating report claims that doctors in Oregon discovered that a baby was pregnant while still in her mother's womb.

    Published: June 25, 2014



    PRANK - 'England Gets Second Chance as Ref Charged'

    Circulating news snippet appearing to be from the BBC claims that England has been given a replay game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee was charged with match fixing and bribery.

    Published: June 23, 2014



    SICK BABY SCAM: '1 Like = 1 Share'

    Circulating Facebook post that features a photograph of a baby with a large surgery scar across his face claims that liking the picture equates to a prayer for the child.

    Published: June 13, 2014


    NONSENSE - '1 in 3 Americans Implanted With RFID Chips'

    Online report claims that 1 in 3 Americans have been implanted with RFID chips and most are unaware that they have the chips. The report suggests that the chips are often implanted during dental work.

    Published: June 11, 2014



    PRANK - 'Eastenders to be Axed after 29 Years'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that popular BBC show 'Eastenders' is set to be axed.

    Published: June 11, 2014



    HOAX - 'Charles Manson Granted Parole'

    Circulating report claims that notorious criminal Charles Manson has been granted parole and will soon walk free.

    Published: June 11, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Netflix Account Cancellation's

    Message purporting to be from video streaming service Netflix claims that, due to a payment issue, your account will be cancelled unless you click a link and update credit card details.

    Published: June 5, 2014



    Fake Big W Facebook Pages Promise Large Prizes for Sharing

    Facebook Pages claiming to be associated with Australian department store chain Big W, advise users that they can win Dell computers, Samsung Galaxy phones, or other expensive prizes just by liking and sharing Page posts.

    Published: June 3, 2014



    HOAX - 'Men Claiming to be From Water Company Robbing Homes at Gunpoint'

    Social media message warns users that a group of men are posing as water or electricity company workers to gain access to homes and then rob the householders at gunpoint.

    Published: June 3, 2014



    MALWARE - 'British Airways - Your Flight Ticket Not Activated'

    Email purporting to be from British Airways claims that your flight ticket has not been activated and asks you to open an attached file and fill in a form to complete the ticket activation.

    Published: June 2, 2014



    Lou Ferrigno Is NOT Dead

    Circulating report claims that popular US actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno has been killed in a car accident.

    Published: May 29, 2014



    Facebook New Audio Recognition Feature Raising Privacy Concerns

    Circulating petition warns that Facebook has announced a new feature for its smartphone app that will allow the company to listen to your phone conversations via the phone's microphone.

    Published: May 28, 2014



    HOAX - 'Semen Found on McDonald's Burger'

    Circulating report claims that a woman in Michigan found semen in the mayonnaise of a McDonald's burger and caught herpes as a result of the contamination.

    Published: May 28, 2014



    VALID - May 2014 eBay Password Reset Notification Email

    Email from online auction company eBay asks you to change your account password due to a security breach.

    Published: May 27, 2014



    OUTDATED - Viral Video of Mother Beating Baby

    Viral social media message that features a disturbing video of a woman beating an infant asks users to share the footage as much as possible in the hope that the offender can be identified and brought to justice.

    Published: May 26, 2014



    HOAX - 'Mother Suing Marvel Due to Son's Spider-Man Death Jump'

    Circulating report claims that a mother is suing comic publisher Marvel because her son jumped from a six-story window to his death after watching a Spider-Man movie.

    Published: May 26, 2014



    HOAX - 'Frooti HIV Contamination Warning'

    Circulating message purporting to be from the Delhi Police warns people not to drink any product from Frooti because a worker has added HIV contaminated blood to the drinks.

    Published: May 22, 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



    MEME - 'Coke and Pepsi Used as Pesticides in India'

    Circulating meme claims that Coke and Pepsi Are Used as Pesticides in India because they are cheaper and more effective than the real thing.

    Published: May 20, 2014



    'Prayers for Likes' Facebook Sick Baby Scam

    Circulating message that features an image of a baby with hospital equipment in the background claims that liking the image equates to one prayer for the child while sharing equates to 100 prayers.

    Published: May 20, 2014



    Unsold Car Stockpile Images

    A May 2014 report claims that millions of new cars are being left to deteriorate unsold and unmaintained in vast car yards all around the world because the world recession is 'still biting'. The report features a series of photographs depicting the car stockpiles.

    Published: May 19, 2014



    MALWARE - 'Justice.gov.uk Parking Fine Reminder Notice'

    'Reminder notice' email purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice claims that the recipient owes money for a parking fine and should open an attached document for more information.

    Published: May 19, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Password Reset Request' Email

    Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company has received a password reset request from an unrecognized device. Recipients are advised to protect their accounts by following a verification procedure outlined in an attached file.

    Published: May 16, 2014



    MISLEADING and OVERBLOWN - 'Apple Helping Police to Hide Police Brutality'

    Circulating reports warn that Apple now has technology that will allow police to switch off iPhone cameras and Wi-Fi at will, thereby allowing them to avoid images and footage of police brutality from becoming public.

    Published: May 16, 2014



    Cliff Hanging House Image - 'Crazy Master Bedroom'

    Image circulating via social media depicts a home built on the very edge of a cliff with a glass-walled master bedroom jutting out over the cliff face.

    Published: May 15, 2014



    HOAX - 'Maggie From Sweden Hacker Alert'

    Circulating social media message warns users not to accept a friend request from a person called 'Maggie from Sweden' because she is a hacker.

    Published: May 15, 2014



    HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'

    Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.

    Published: May 14, 2014



    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Brad Duke's 20 Million Dollar Giveaway Contest'

    Facebook Page claims that lottery winner Brad Duke is giving $20 million to Facebook users. To get a chance to win, users are instructed to like the Page and add a comment stating what they would do with their prize money. Posts on the Page include images depicting large sums of cash in Australian dollars.

    Published: May 14, 2014



    'Hanging Naked Man' Orchid Flower Images

    Circulating message claims that attached images show the 'Naked Man' orchid, which has flowers that resemble tiny - and clearly male - figures.

    Published: May 13, 2014



    ‘DSVX Virus’ Yahoo Email Phishing Scam

    Message claiming to be from Yahoo asks recipients to update their Yahoo email account on the grounds that a 'DSVX virus' has been detected in their account.

    Published: May 13, 2014



    'Hole Under Door Lock' Burglary Warning Message

    Circulating message warns that thieves are breaking into cars by punching a small hole under the door lock. But, claims the message, instead of stealing all valuable items in the vehicle, they find out the owner's home address via a GPS or documents left in the car and then later go to the home and burgle it.

    Published: May 9, 2014



    Google+ 'Fraudulent Verification Survey' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the 'All Domain Mail Team' at Google+ asks recipients to participate in a 'spam and fraudulent verification survey'.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card

    Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get a free Bunnings Warehouse Gift Card valued at several hundred dollars by clicking a link in the post.

    Updated: May 8, 2014



    SATIRE - 'Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg'

    Circulating report claims that, after a racetrack collision, one jockey with a broken leg died after a horse trainer accidently gave him a lethal dose of a drug used to euthanize injured horses.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    'Shovel Girl' Miranda Fugate is NOT Dead

    Circulating report claims that Miranda Fugate, the girl hit in the head with a shovel in a recent viral video, subsequently died of her injuries.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    Facebook Account Registration 'Copy Code' Scam Messages

    Supposedly official messages being distributed on Facebook claim that users must register or verify their accounts by copying a specified code and pasting it into their browser's console. The messages warn that if a user fails to comply with the instructions, his or her account will be deactivated or disabled.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    SURVEY SCAM - 'Teen Died Immediately' Facebook Post

    Facebook post featuring an image of a young woman being violently assaulted claims that the girl died immediately after the depicted incident. The image includes a video 'play' button that supposedly allows users to view footage of the incident.

    Published: May 5, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Virgin Media Quick Pay Profile Update'

    Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims the company has introduced extra security features and users must therefore click a link to upgrade their Quick Pay profile.

    Published: May 5, 2014



    MALWARE - Paymer 'Thank You for Your Deposit' Email

    Message purporting to be from digital payment service Paymer thanks recipients for their deposit and claims that they can view the payment ticket in an attached file.

    Published: May 5, 2014



    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' Facebook Page

    Facebook Page that calls itself 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' promises large cash prizes to people who like a promotional image and like the Page.

    Published: May 1, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Unclaimed Walmart Vouchers' Notification Email

    Email claims that the 'Walmart Reward Server' has identified the recipient's email address as being linked to $500 worth of unclaimed Walmart vouchers.

    Published: May 1, 2014



    Reports Claim Subway UK Removing Pork Products and Serving Halal Only Food

    Circulating reports claim that some Subway stores in the UK do not serve ham and bacon and offer only halal meat.

    Published: May 1, 2014



    ATO 'Final Estimated Refund' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund of $585.15 by following a link and filling in a claim form.

    Published: April 30, 2014



    FAKE - Image Showing Giant Cross Crashed Through Adult Store Roof

    Viral image supposedly depicts a giant cross crashed through the roof of an 'Adult World' store. Captions that circulate with the image suggest that the depicted incident shows God's wrath against the 'sinful' store.

    Published: April 30, 2014



    Telstra 'Refund Bill Account' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company Telstra claims that the customer is owed a refund due to a billing error.

    Published: April 30, 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


    BOGUS WARNING - ' White Van With Reg 7465 CGF Stealing Dogs'

    Viral social media messages claim that men driving a white van with the registration number 7465 CGF are attempting to steal dogs for dog fighting in various locations in the UK and other parts of Europe. The messages include a picture of the white van.

    Published: April 24, 2014


    Circulating Message Claims 'Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog'

    Circulating social media message claims that a newborn baby abandoned in a forest was carried across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to safety by a stray dog. The message features an image of a dog beside a baby on a bed.

    Published: April 23, 2014



    Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams

    Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.

    Published: April 23, 2014



    ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'BBC Promo Email Award'

    Message claims that the recipient's email address has been selected as the winner of £500,000 in the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014, a promotion organized by the BBC One National Lottery.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Visa Card Status Notification'

    'Status notification' email purporting to be from Visa claims that the recipient's card access has been limited because 'unusual activity' has been detected.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    HOAX - 'McDonald's Users Worm Fillers in Meat From Company Called 100% Beef'

    Circulating report claims that McDonald's users 'worm fillers' in its meat but can still legally claim that there is 100% beef in their burgers because they use a company called the '100% Beef Company'.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    Westnet 'Upgrade Your Email' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from Australian ISP Westnet claims that users must click a link to upgrade a soon to expire email account.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    'Update IRS E-File' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service demands that recipients click a link to update their IRS e-file.

    Published: April 22, 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



    Viral Video Depicts a 'Mysterious' Black Ring In Sky Above England

    Messages featuring video footage of a strange black ring floating in the sky above Leamington Spa in the UK suggest that no one can explain the ring's origin.

    Published: April 17, 2014



    WWE Legend The Undertaker is Alive

    Circulating report claims that wrestling star Mark 'The Undertaker' Calaway was found dead in his Texas home.

    Published: April 17, 2014



    SATIRE - 'Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband'

    Circulating report claims that US arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby recently fired a woman because she divorced her husband without company approval.

    Published: April 14, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Integrity Check' Email

    Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company performs regular integrity checks on user accounts and the recipient must therefore click a one-time validation link to avoid account suspension.

    Published: April 14, 2014



    SCAM - 'Mermaid Found Inside Shark Video'

    Circulating 'breaking news' Facebook message claims that users can click a teaser image to see a 'rare' video footage of a mermaid found inside a shark.

    Published: April 14, 2014



    Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that Facebook is limiting Page posts so that no more than 7% of people see them. The message, which bills itself as a test, asks users to like the message and comment 'yes' to ensure that more people see the Page's messages.

    Published: April 11, 2014



    SCAM -'R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson' - The Rock is NOT Dead

    R.I.P. message being distributed on Facebook claims that actor Dwayne Johnson has died during filming of a dangerous stunt for the movie Fast and Furious 7.

    Published: April 11, 2014



    SCAM - 'Devil's Pool Fall Epic Selfie Video'

    Facebook post featuring a teaser image of a man taking a photograph at the edge of Africa's Devils Pool urges users to click to watch video footage of the man's accidental fall.

    Published: April 10, 2014



    Heartbleed Bug - Users Warned to Change All Passwords

    Circulating messages warn users about a serious security flaw called 'Heartbleed' that could expose passwords and other sensitive information.

    Published: April 10, 2014



    HOAX - 'Justin Bieber Admits To Being Bi-Sexual'

    Circulating report claims that pop star Justin Bieber has admitted via Twitter that he is bisexual. The report features a screenshot of a supposed Twitter post that features an image of Bieber kissing singer Austin Mahone.

    Published: April 9, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Click to Read Vital Newsletter'

    Email claims that the sender has uploaded a vital newsletter using Google Docs and requests that recipients click a link to gain immediate access by signing in with their email address details.

    Published: April 9, 2014



    RingCentral 'New Fax Message' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be from Internet fax service RingCentral claims that the recipient has a new fax message that can be viewed by opening an attached file.

    Published: April 9, 2014



    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Wife Pregnant for 13 Months Needs Prayers'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that a South African woman who has been pregnant for 13 months is about to have an operation and needs prayers. Users are asked to share the message and type 'Amen' as a comment. The message features a photograph of a heavily pregnant woman.

    Published: April 8, 2014



    'New Voicemail' Pharmacy Spam Email

    Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viper claims that the recipient has a new voicemail and can click a "Listen" button to hear the message.

    Published: April 8, 2014


    HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'

    Circulating report claims that the star Meccyroid will pass close to earth on April 21st 2014, resulting in the appearance of two suns in the sky over a 9-hour period.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams

    Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'

    News snippet circulating via social media claims that the United States is set to ban raw meat sales as a means of ensuring that only pathogen free meats are sold to the public.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the iTunes store lists orders supposedly made via the user's Apple account. The email informs users that, if they suspect that their account has been hijacked, they should click a link and supply information to rectify the issue.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead

    Circulating report claims that popular actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has fallen from a cliff and died while filming in New Zealand.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message

    Circulating social media message featuring an image depicting pieces of cheese with nails embedded in them warns that such booby-trapped dog treats are the latest trend in dog parks.

    Published: April 4, 2014


    Product Order Request Money Laundering Emails

    Emails sent to various companies or product providers ask recipients to reply with details of the available products with a view to a future order.

    Published: April 3, 2014



    Capitec ‘Routine Maintenance’ Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from South African bank Capitec claims that users must confirm their online access as part of routine maintenance to ensure online safety.

    Published: April 3, 2014



    MALWARE - 'Confidential - ALL Employees Important Document'

    Email purporting to be a confidential message from the recipient's employer claims that all employees must fill out and submit an important document contained in an attached file.

    Published: April 2, 2014



    SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'

    Circulating Facebook post claims that lost Flight MH370 has been found in the Indian Ocean. The message features a teaser screenshot of an intact passenger aircraft crashed in the water and invites users to click the image to view a 'shocking video'.

    Published: April 2, 2014



    Lamborghini Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook message claims that an associated Facebook Page is giving away ten Lamborghinis. According to the message, all users need do for a chance to win is like and share the post and comment with their desired car colour.

    Published: April 1, 2014


    Barclays 'Detected Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from UK bank Barclays claims that irregular activity has been detected on the recipient's account and the account will therefore be restricted until the activity is verified.

    Published: April 1, 2014


    MALWARE - 'Traffic Accident With Your Car' Email

    Email claims that the recipient 'hurt' the sender's car in a traffic accident and urges him or her to view photos of the accident by opening an attached file.

    Published: March 31, 2014


    HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'

    Report circulating via social media claims that scientists at the UK's John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur. The report features a picture that supposedly depicts the cloned baby dinosaur.

    Published: March 31, 2014



    Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'

    Facebook post that features a picture of a boy with a very large tumour on his side claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money each time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.

    Published: March 31, 2014



    'Homicide Suspect' Malware Email - Fake Critical Reach Alert

    Message purporting to be from community alert system Critical Reach claims that recipients can read a bulletin about a homicide suspect by opening an attached file.

    Published: March 27, 2014


    TRUE - Razor Blades Found on Playground Equipment in East Moline

    Circulating social media post warns that a young child was hurt after he unknowingly grabbed a razor blade attached to playground equipment at a park in East Moline, Illinois.

    Published: March 26, 2014


    Spurious Health Claim - 'Asparagus Can Cure Cancer'

    Long circulated Internet message claims that pureed asparagus can cure cancer. The message cites several cases as examples. It claims that the information came from one Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. and was printed in the 'Cancer News Journal' back in December 1979.

    Published: March 25, 2014



    Google Drive Email Phishing Scam

    'Urgent' email requests recipients to click a link to view a document that the sender uploaded using Google Cloud Drive.

    Published: March 25, 2014



    Eerie Pre-911 Ad for Pakistan International Airlines Features Twin Towers with Plane Silhouette

    Circulating message features an old paper advertisement for Pakistan International Airlines that includes an image of New York's Twin Towers with the shadow of a passenger jet on the faces of the buildings.

    Published: March 24, 2014



    Like-Farming Video Scam - 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Found in Forest'

    'Breaking News' message circulating on Facebook claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found. The message features a video teaser image depicting a plane crashed on a dirt roadway beside a forest.

    Published: March 24, 2014



    'Eagle Snatching Kid' Viral Video is Fake

    A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.

    Published: March 21, 2014



    HOAX - 'Google Earth Finds SOS From Woman Stranded on Deserted Island'

    Circulating report that features an image depicting an SOS sign drawn on the ground and viewed from a high altitude, claims that the sign was made by a woman stranded on a deserted island for 7 years. The report suggests that the SOS was finally spotted via Google Earth.

    Published: March 20, 2014



    'All Paid For Disney World Vacation' Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook Page claims that users can have a chance to win an all expenses paid vacation to Florida's Disney World in exchange for liking and sharing a promotional image.

    Published: March 19, 2014



    Telstra BigPond 'Re-validate Account' Phishing Email

    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, claims that the recipient's email account has exceeded its storage limit and he or she must therefore re-validate the account by clicking a link.

    Published: March 19, 2014



    No, Energy Drinks Do NOT Contain Bull Sperm

    Message circulating via social media claims that the 'longhorn cattle company' tested some of the top brands of energy drink and found that they contain bull sperm.

    Published: March 19, 2014



    Viral Video Showing UFO Emerging From Behind Cloud

    A video going viral via social media appears to show a UFO emerging from behind a cloud and then shooting down bolts of blue light. A message that comes with some versions of the video claims that the video is 'being deleted all over the Internet' and asks users to share because the 'truth is happening'.

    Published: March 18, 2014



    BMW M3 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook message claims that users can win a BMW M3 by sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page.

    Published: March 18, 2014



    HOAX - Malaysia Airlines 'Lose Yourself' Advertisement

    The text on a circulating poster that is billed as an advertisement for Malaysia Airlines includes the slogans 'Lose yourself on an journey of epic proportions' and 'Wherever you go no one will ever know'. The poster claims that the pictured plane is a Boeing 777. The ad is billed as an uncanny premonition of missing Boeing 777 aircraft Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Published: March 17, 2014



    Actor Wayne Knight is NOT Dead

    Reports and rumours circulating via social media claim that popular actor Wayne Knight has been killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

    Published: March 17, 2014



    MALWARE - 'Suspicion of Cancer' Blood Test Results Email

    Email purporting to be from the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) claims that an analysis of the recipient's blood has revealed a low level of white blood cells that could indicate cancer. The message urges the recipient to print out test results contained in an attached file to give to his or her doctor.

    Published: March 14, 2014



    Facebook Survey Scam - 'Malaysian MH370 Plane Found In Bermuda Triangle'

    Facebook post claims that missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been found in the Bermuda Triangle with its passengers still alive and invites users to click a link to view breaking news video footage of the downed plane.

    Published: March 13, 2014



    Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'

    Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.

    Published: March 13, 2014



    HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'

    Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.

    Published: March 13, 2014



    HOAX - Volat-Araneus, The Flying Spider

    Circulating 'News' snippet claims that Volat-Araneus, a dangerous species of flying spider, will migrate to the UK this year. The snippet links to a longer report discussing the supposed threat.

    Published: March 12, 2014



    NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'

    Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.

    Published: March 12, 2014



    'End of Windows XP Support' Popup Messages

    Popup messages appearing on the screens of some Windows users warn that Microsoft will soon be ending support for its Windows XP operating system. Some users have expressed concern that the warning messages may be malicious.

    Published: March 11, 2014



    Theme Park Accident Phishing and Survey Scam

    Circulating Facebook message claims that a fatal roller coaster accident has occurred at a large theme park and provides a link to video footage of the accident.

    Published: March 10, 2014



    Microsoft Account 'Outlook Web Access' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Account Team claims that recipients must click a link to upgrade their email account and set up Outlook Web Access.

    Published: March 10, 2014



    HOAX - Facebook 'No Religion Campaign'

    Circulating message claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'No Religion' campaign during which people caught spreading religious beliefs on the network will have their accounts locked.

    Published: March 10, 2014



    Back to the Future Arrival Time Prank

    Messages that have been repeatedly posted on social media websites claim that 'Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives'. The messages refer to the date that the character 'Marty McFly' from the 'Back to the Future' movies arrives in the future. The messages usually include a graphic supposedly depicting the arrival date.

    Published: March 7, 2014



    'Ignore if u Don't Care' Facebook Donations for Likes Hoax

    Circulating Facebook message that features an image of an emaciated young man lying on a bed claims that Facebook will donate money to help the man whenever users like, share or comment on his picture. The message claims that the man is suffering from cancer.

    Published: March 7, 2014



    Hoax - 'Instagram Randomly Deleting Accounts'

    Circulating social media message claims that image sharing service Instagram will be randomly deleting a "huge mass" of accounts on December 20, 2013. According to the message, users can keep their accounts safe from deletion by reposting the warning.

    Updated: March 7, 2014



    Overblown Facebook Warning – 'Do Not Open Any PM's From Anyone!'

    Message posted on Facebook warns users not to open any private messages from anyone because the PM's may contain 'malicious malware'. The message claims that just opening the PM will infect the user's computer.

    Published: March 5, 2014


    PayPal 'Cancel Payment' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has sent a payment to a specified merchant and offers instructions for cancelling the payment if required.

    Published: March 5, 2014



    HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'

    Circulating message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'no swearing campain' and that people subsequently caught using profanity on the network will have their accounts locked pending further investigations.

    Published: March 4, 2014


    HOAX - 'Deadly Snow Snake' Image

    Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts the deadly 'snow snake'. According to the message, the snake's venom will fatally freeze the blood of those bitten. It warns that four people in the United States have already been bitten.

    Published: March 4, 2014



    BMW 435i Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win one of two BMW 435i luxury cars just by liking, sharing and commenting on a promotional image.

    Published: March 4, 2014



    'Friend Request From Someone You Are Already Friends With' Alert Message

    Circulating Facebook post warns users not to accept a friend request from a person that they are already friends with because the request is an indication that the friend has been hacked.

    Published: March 3, 2014


    FedEx Package UK Lottery Advance Fee Scam

    Message claiming to be from delivery company FedEx informs the recipient that a package containing a UK lottery bank cashier cheque worth over $150000000 has been waiting to be delivered for some time. The recipient is instructed to pay a 'security fee' and supply personal details so that the cheque can be delivered.

    Published: February 27, 2014



    American Express 'Personal Security Key' Phishing Scam

    Email claiming to be from American Express instructs recipients to visit a website and create a Personal Security Key (PSK) as an account authentication measure.

    Published: February 26, 2014



    BMW Manager X6 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Message claims that the manager of the BMW Marketing Group is giving away a brand new X6 via Facebook. The message instructs users to like the manager's Facebook Page and share the promotional post for a chance to win the car.

    Published: February 26, 2014



    Westpac 'Bill Payment Successfully Processed' Phishing Scam

    Message supposedly sent by Australian bank Westpac, notifies recipients that a payment to a biller has been successfully processed and invites them to click a link to view transaction details.

    Published: February 25, 2014



    Pharmacy Spam Email - 'Private Message From Google'

    Email claims that recipients can access a private message from Google by clicking a link in the message.

    Published: February 25, 2014



    'Parents Can't Afford Surgery' Sick Baby Hoax

    Circulating Facebook post that features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money to cover the family's medical expenses whenever users like, share or comment on the image.

    Published: February 24, 2014



    NSA Using Angry Birds and Other Apps to Snatch Personal Data?

    Circulating social media message claims that America's NSA are using popular apps such as 'Angry Birds' to collect personal information from players.

    Published: February 20, 2014



    PayPal 'Your Transaction was Declined' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that a transaction was declined because recent activity on the recipient's account seemed unusual. The email instructs users to process a form in an attached file to confirm account information.

    Published: February 20, 2014



    180 Unsealed XBOX ONE Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook message claims that 180 XBOX ONES cannot be sold due to being unsealed. Users are instructed to like and share the post for a chance to win one.

    Published: February 25, 2014



    'Shocking Video' Facebook Scams

    Posts appearing on Facebook claim that users can click a link to view "shocking", "exclusive" or "breaking news" video footage. The supposed videos cover a range of subject areas, including the discovery of giant creatures, dreadful car or plane accidents caught on film, news of a celebrity's death or injury and salacious or titillating gossip about what a particular person has supposedly done on camera.

    Published: February 20, 2014



    Phishing Scam – 'Apple ID Used to Download OS X Mavericks' Email

    Email purporting to be from the Apple Security Department warns recipients that their Apple ID was used to download OS X Mavericks and urges them to open an attached file to confirm their accounts if they did not initiate the download.

    Published: February 19, 2014



    'Product Testing UK' Facebook Survey Scam

    Facebook messages originating from a Facebook Page called 'Product Testing UK' claim that testers are need for iPhones and other products and invite users to click a link to fill in a 'Product Testing Application Form'.

    Published: February 19, 2014



    TRUE - White Lumps of Palm Oil Washed Up on UK Beaches Dangerous to Dogs

    Circulating social media message claims that mysterious white lumps of palm oil being washed up on southern UK beaches can be deadly to dogs.

    Published: February 19, 2014



    CandySwipe Versus Candy Crush Saga Protest Messages

    Circulating reports claim that King, developers of the popular game "Candy Crush Saga", is attempting to have the trademark of a game called "CandySwipe" cancelled because it infringes on its own game's trademark. But, allege the reports, "CandySwipe" actually existed - and the name was a registered trademark - well prior to the release of Candy Crush Saga.

    Published: February 18, 2014


    'Energy Statement' Malware Email

    Message purporting to be from the "Energy Billing System" claims that the receiver's latest energy bill is now available online and can be viewed by clicking a link.

    Published: February 15, 2014


    Telstra Withdrawing Access to Facebook Zero

    Circulating rumours claiming that Australian telecommunications giant Telstra is set to withdraw access to Facebook Zero are causing concern and consternation.

    Published: February 14, 2014


    Microsoft 'Reactivate Your Email Account' Phishing Scam

    Mail purporting to be from Microsoft claims that recipients must click a link to complete a 'one time automatic verification' in order to avoid having their email account suspended.

    Published: February 13, 2014



    HOAX - 'Calls to 0809 Area Code from UK will be Charged at £1500 Per Minute'

    Circulating message that includes the letterhead of the Greater Manchester Police warns users not to ever dial the area codes 0809, 0284 and 0876 from the UK because such calls will be charged at £1500 per-minute.

    Published: February 13, 2014



    One Ring Phone Scam Warnings

    Circulating messages warn users about a 'one ring' phone scam designed to trick people into returning a missed call and thereby incurring per minute charges on top of hefty international call fees.

    Published: February 12, 2014



    'Shocking Accident Roller Coaster' Video Site Promotion Scam

    Circulating Facebook message features a teaser image depicting a 'shocking accident' in which a rollercoaster carriage and its passengers come loose from the track and fall. The message includes a link that supposedly opens a video showing footage of the accident.

    Published: February 12, 2014



    'Incoming Fax Report' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be a notification about an incoming payroll related fax claims that users can click a link to read the file online.

    Published: February 12, 2014



    Satirical Article Falsely Claims Flappy Bird Creator Committed Suicide

    Circulating report claims that the developer of the wildly popular game 'Flappy Bird' has committed suicide. It also claims that at least seven other people have committed suicide because the game was removed from app stores.

    Published: February 11, 2014



    Vin Diesel Fake Death Report Facebook Scam

    Circulating Facebook message claims that actor Vin Diesel has died and invites users to click a link to view a video with more information.

    Published: February 11, 2014



    RBS 'Latest Statement Available' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) advises recipients that their latest statement and pre-advice of interest & charges is available for viewing online.

    Published: February 10, 2014



    Satire - 'Sochi Olympic Rings Mishap Man Found Dead'

    Circulating report claims that the man responsible for the technical problems that caused the Sochi Olympic Rings display to fail during the opening ceremony has been found dead with multiple stab wounds.

    Published: February 9, 2014


    'Justin Bieber Killed a 7-Year-Old Boy' Rogue App Facebook Scam

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that pop star Justin Bieber accidentally killed a seven-year-old child while driving under the influence.

    Published: February 9, 2014


    No, Michael Vick was NOT Attacked by a Pit Bull

    Circulating report claims that US footballer Michael Vick, a man reviled by many for his involvement in dogfighting, has been hospitalized after being attacked by a Pit Bull that escaped its cage and went on a rampage.

    Published: February 8, 2014


    Hoax - Indian Woman Gives Birth to Eleven Babies at Once

    Circulating message claims that a woman in India has just broken the world record after giving birth to eleven babies at once. The message includes a photograph depicting eleven babies with a medical team.

    Updated: February 8, 2014


    'Rent Arrears Warning' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be a 'Customer Reminder' from a landlord claims that the recipient must pay £2000 in rent arrears within ten working days or face court proceedings. The message claims that recipients can click a link to get more information.

    Published: February 7, 2014



    Facebook 'A Look Back' Video is Genuine (But Watch For Scam Imitations)

    A number of Facebook users have heard rumours that the Facebook "A Look Back" video feature is somehow malicious. The rumours have caused concern and confusion among users.

    Published: February 7, 2014



    'Major Hack' Facebook Virus Warning Message

    Circulating Facebook message describes a 'major hack' that is spreading a virus via private Facebook messages. The message warns users not to open attachments claiming to contain images in a .zip file.

    Published: February 7, 2014



    cPanel 'Account Verification' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from website hosting control system cPanel claims that recipients must click a link to login and re-confirm their accounts.

    Published: February 6, 2014



    'Unconscious Chicken Farming' Messages

    Circulating messages describe a proposed 'Matrix style' chicken farming method in which chickens that have had their cerebral cortex removed will be immobilised in massive steel frames and fed via tubes.

    Published: February 6, 2014



    'Complaint Has Been Received' Pretrial Notice Malware Email

    Email purporting to be a "pretrial notice" from a court secretary claims that the recipient's complaint has been received and urges him or her to follow a link to check and confirm the complaint.

    Published: February 4, 2014



    Satire – 'Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged'

    Circulating report claims that officials now believe that the 2014 Super Bowl game was rigged and that the event is now being investigated by the NFL.

    Published: February 4, 2014



    ANZ 'Upgrade to New System' Phishing Scam

    Email pretending to be from large Australian bank ANZ claims that customers must click a link to upgrade to a new system technology designed to give users maximum protection.

    Published: February 3, 2014


    Misleading and Inaccurate Warning – 'Don’t Answer Calls While Charging Cell Phone'

    Social media message claims that a boy died in Mumbai because he took a call while his mobile phone was charging. The message also claims that people should not make or answer calls when a mobile phone's battery is low because the radiation is 1000 times stronger.

    Published: February 3, 2014


    'Image Has Been Sent by Evernote' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be from note taking application Evernote claims that an image has been sent and invites users to click a link to view the image.

    Published: February 2, 2014


    Gravel Drug Warning Message

    Circulating message that features an image depicting an arm with severe lacerations claims that the wounds were caused by a new drug called "gravel".

    Published: January 29, 2014


    Facebook 'Account Verification' Scam

    Message purporting to be from the "Facebook Verification Team" claims that users must verify their profiles by March 15th 2014 to comply with the SOPA and PIPA Act.

    Published: January 28, 2014



    No, the Labour Party is NOT Planning to Introduce a 'Pet Tax'

    Circulating report claims that, if elected in 2015, the Labour Party in Britain is planning on introducing a "pet tax" that would require pet owners to pay a hefty monthly fee for each animal they own.

    Published: January 28, 2014



    Satire - 'Black Mambas to Help Eradicate Cane Toads'

    Circulating report claims that the Government is set to introduce 22,000 black mambas to farms and backyards in the Burdekin region of Queensland, Australia in an effort to control cane toads.

    Published: January 24, 2014


    Overblown and Inaccurate Gonorrhea 'STD Superbug' Reports

    Circulating reports claim that a new antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea could be deadlier than AIDS and could kill in a matter of days.

    Published: January 24, 2014



    'Customer Service Center' Malware Emails

    Email claiming to be from the "Customer Service Center" informs recipients that an order has been received and invites them to click a link to find out more about the order.

    Published: January 24, 2014



    Mint.Com.Uk 'Minimum Credit Card Payment Due' Phishing Scam

    Message, which pretends to be from UK based credit card provider Mint, claims that the recipient's minimum credit card payment is due and advises that the latest bill can be found in an attached file.

    Published: January 23, 2014



    Outrage Over Viral Image Depicting Young Woman Pointing Gun at Baby

    A message featuring a photograph of a young woman pointing a handgun towards a baby she is holding calls for recipients to contact police if they know the woman so that the baby's welfare can be ascertained.

    Published: January 23, 2014



    Hoax - 'All European Newborn Babies Microchipped From May 2014'

    Circulating report claims that from May 2014, all newborn babies born in Europe will be implanted with a subcutaneous RFID chip that will include a GPS that can be linked to a satellite.

    Published: January 23, 2014


    'Look Out for PayPal Scam' Warning Message

    Message that circulates via social media and online forums warns users to watch out for an email from PayPal that says that they have taken £35.50 to pay for a Skype account.

    Published: January 22, 2014



    Royal Caribbean International 'Vacation Package' Like-Farming and Survey Scam

    Facebook messages and associated Page claim that users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package with Royal Caribbean International just by first liking and sharing and then clicking a link to claim the vacation tickets.

    Published: January 22, 2014



    Spurious Health Tip - Onion on Feet to Take Away Illness

    Circulating health tip claims that placing raw onion on your feet can take away illness by absorbing toxins from the body. The message claims that onion placed on the bottom of your feet can gain direct access to your internal organs via "meridians" in your body.

    Published: January 22, 2014



    The Tale of The Lion, Tiger and Bear Rescued from a Drug Dealer

    Circulating message that features a photograph depicting a lion, a tiger and a bear together claims that the animals were rescued from a drug dealer's property early in their lives and have lived together in an animal sanctuary ever since.

    Published: January 21, 2014



    Apple Account 'Update to New SSL Servers' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the user's online access has been blocked because customers are required to update their information in order to use new ssl servers.

    Published: January 21, 2014



    'Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge' Survey Scam

    A "breaking news" message that features an image depicting a passenger jet crashed into a traffic bridge includes a link that supposedly opens a video with more on the disaster.

    Published: January 21, 2014



    Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

    Message claims that, every time a text or social media message is sent on, AT&T, Verizon or Facebook will donate money to help pay for surgery on a 14 year old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather while attempting to protect his young sister.

    Published: January 20, 2014



    Burger King 'Now Hiring Must Be Mexican' Billboard

    Circulating social media post claims that a billboard with the message "Now Hiring Must Be Mexican" was displayed outside a Burger King in Ephrata, Washington. The message features a photograph of the billboard.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    Moon Melon Hoax Image

    Message, which features an image depicting slices of bright blue melon that grows in Japan, claims that the fruit can switch flavours after you eat it so that everything sour will taste sweet and everything salty will taste bitter.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    Bogus Funeral Notification Emails Point to Malware

    Message purporting to be from a funeral home notifies recipients about an upcoming funeral and instructs them to click a link to view an invitation and more details about the ceremony.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    'Giant Snake Eats Zookeeper' Video Survey Scam

    Circulating Facebook message invites users to click a link to watch a "shocking video" of a zookeeper being swallowed by a large snake. The message features a teaser image supposedly depicting the snake about to devour the hapless zookeeper.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    No, Five Meter Tall Human Skeletons were NOT Found in Iran

    Circulating report claims that Russian scientists have found 6 giant human skeletons while excavating a site in western Iran. The report features an image depicting one of the five-meter high skeleton.

    Published: January 16, 2014



    'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

    'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

    Published: January 14, 2014



    'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam

    Facebook message claims that users can see who has been visiting them on Facebook by installing the 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' extension.

    Published: January 14, 2014



    PG & E Energy Statement Malware Emails

    Emails purporting to be from US energy service provider PG & E notify recipients that their most recent energy statement can be viewed by following a link.

    Published: January 14, 2014



    Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis

    Circulating message, which features an image of a young girl with the lower body of a snake, claims that the Thai youngster suffers from a rare syndrome known as 'Serpentosis Malianorcis'. The message claims that thousands of people gather in front of snake girl Mai Li Fay's Bangkok home every day.

    Published: January 13, 2014



    Tom Crist Lottery Win Advance Fee Scam

    Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winner Tom Crist, claims that the recipient's email address has been selected to receive $1.2 million. The email claims that Tom Crist is giving all of his winnings to "charity, individuals and organisations".

    Published: January 13, 2014



    Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax

    Circulating message claims that a child went missing at Legoland but was later found with a shaved head and new clothes, drugged in a stroller, and ready to be taken out of the theme park by his would-be abductors.

    Published: January 13, 2014



    Fake Picasa 'New Photos' Emails Point to Dodgy Pharmacy Website

    Emails purporting to be from image management system Picasa claims that new photos have been added to the user's album and they can click a button to view the album.

    Published: January 13, 2014



    'Win a Disney Cruise' Survey Scam

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win a Disney cruise just by sharing a Disney World video and clicking a link to enter in the draw.

    Published: January 10, 2014



    Bogus Advice - Block Hackers by Adding 'Security' to Facebook Blocking Function

    Circulating message advises Facebook users to type the word "security" into Facebook's "Block Users" function to reveal and block hackers.

    Published: January 10, 2014



    Fake - Giant Squid Image

    Circulating message featuring an image depicting a massive squid on a beach surrounded by onlookers claims that it is the second giant sea creature washed ashore in recent months.

    Published: January 10, 2014



    Commonwealth Bank 'eStatement Ready' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank advises the recipient that an online account statement is ready for viewing.

    Published: January 9, 2014



    'Singer Rihanna Found to be Dead' Facebook Survey Scam

    Facebook message claims that popular singer Rihanna has been found dead. The post includes a link to a video that supposedly offers more information about the death.

    Published: January 8, 2014



    Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'

    Circulating report claims that Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to long-standing Catholic doctrines after concluding the Third Vatican Council. Supposedly, Pope Francis declared that "all religions are true", that "there is no literal hell", and that the "church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice".

    Published: January 8, 2014



    Snow Canyon Roadway Image

    Caption on a circulating image depicting a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon suggests that the picture was taken in Canada.

    Published: January 7, 2014



    Albert (Tapper) Torney and the Can Car Sculptures That He Did NOT Make

    Circulated message that features pictures of intricate model cars made from aluminium cans claims that the models were made by the late Albert (Tapper) Torney of Australia's Broken Hill.

    Published: January 6, 2014



    'Your Atmos Energy Bill is Available' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be from US natural gas distributor Atmos Energy claims that the recipient's latest energy bill can be viewed on line by clicking a link.

    Published: January 6, 2014



    'Beware Hack Scam Rollercoaster Clip' Facebook Warning Message

    The "rollercoaster" threat described is a typical survey scam, not a virus. And while some incarnations of such scams may attempt to trick users into installing rogue apps or malware, it will not "eat all your info" as claimed. This breathless, ALL CAPS message does not adequately warn users about the type of threat it attempts to describe and sharing it may be counterproductive.

    Published: January 5, 2014


    Sainsbury's 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scame

    Email purporting to be from UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, claims that the recipient can receive a credit of £100 just for filling in a customer satisfaction survey contained in an attached file.

    Published:January 5, 2014


    Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'

    Circulating report claims that 18 million blackbirds fell dead on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. The message includes an image depicting a worker picking up the bodies of the dead birds.

    Published: January 3, 2014



    Hoax - 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado'

    Circulating report claims that 37 people in Colorado died of marijuana overdoses on the first day that recreational marijuana use became legal in that state.

    Published: January 3, 2014



    Hoax Report Claims Paul Walker Faked His Own Death

    Circulating rumours suggest that actor Paul Walker faked his own death by staging a fiery car accident with the help of the Fast & Furious crew and production team.

    Published: January 3, 2014



    'Shark Eats Swimming Man' Facebook Survey Scam

    Facebook message invites users to watch "exclusive" footage of a shark eating a swimming man. The message includes an image depicting a man being carried away inside a huge shark's mouth.

    Published: January 2, 2014



    'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails

    Emails purporting to be from the Clerk to the Court claims that recipients must appear in court on a specified date and should open a court notice contained in an attached file for further information.

    Published: January 2, 2014



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    FNBO Account Application Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) claims that your account application ahs been received and invites you to open an attached file to view documents about your application.

    Published: October 13, 2014


    MALWARE - Emma Watson 'Private Video' Facebook Message
    A message being posted on Facebook invites users to click a link to view a salacious leaked video depicting Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

    Published: October 12, 2014

    Three Malware Distribution Methods You REALLY Need to Know About
    Criminals use many ways to distribute malware. However, over recent years, they have repeatedly used the following three methods in their malware email campaigns.

    Published: October 12, 2014

    Social Media Messages Misinterpret Red Bull 'Gives You Wings' Class Action
    Circulating social media messages - and some news headlines - suggest that Red Bull has been sued because consumers of the drink did not actually grow wings as per the company's slogan.

    Published: October 9, 2014

    Salt Water Ebola Prevention Hoax Leads to Deaths
    A social media hoax, which falsely claimed that drinking or bathing in salt water could prevent infection from the deadly Ebola virus, has reportedly led to at least two deaths.

    Published: October 9, 2014

    Hoax Claims Jenni Rivera Faked Own Death
    Circulating report claims that famous Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera faked her own death in 2012 and now faces 15 years prison for fraud and conspiracy.

    Published: October 8, 2014

    Vodafone 'One Unread Message' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that you have one unread message on your Online Vodafone Account and should click a link to view the message.

    Published: October 8, 2014

    'Invisible Art' Prank Fools Many Internet Users
    Circulating report, which features an image of art gallery visitors apparently staring at blank walls, claims that the visitors are viewing 'invisible art' created by artist Lana Newstrom. The report claims Newstrom's 'invisible art' pieces can sell for upwards of a million dollars each.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email
    Oft forwarded email claims that it is online friends day and a friend is sending your flowers. According to the email, the number of bouquet images in the email will increase each time it is forwarded.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    Fake-News: 'Tax Refunds to be Delayed Until October 2015'
    Online 'news' story claims that, due to a directive from the Obama administration, tax refunds owed to American taxpayers will now be delayed until October 2015.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    'Reyfields Investigations' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from one Michael Reyfields of Reyfields Investigations claims that he is looking for the possible next of kin of a man who died intestate leaving unclaimed investments with the HSBC bank.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces
    Scammers posing as court officials are calling people and claiming that they have missed a scheduled jury duty date and must therefore pay an immediate fine or face serious legal consequences.

    Published: October 7, 2014

    'Interested in Your CV' Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that a company is interested in your CV and invites you to apply for a job involving the 'payment control' of clients.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    Fake-News: 'Sarah Palin Calls on Obama to Invade Ebola'
    Circulating report claims that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has called on President Obama to invade Ebola to deal with the 'dangerous and immediate threat to our freedoms and security' posed by the 'evil Ebola empire'.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    Red Cross 'Job Offer' Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the American Red Cross claims that the organization is recruiting staff to work in a disaster zone and will pay workers $250 per day. To procure one of the positions, you are instructed to fill in a membership form and pay an 'enrollment' fee.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    Ebola Zombie Hoax
    Circulating rumours and reports claim that there has been a confirmed case of an Ebola victim rising from the dead in Africa. Many of the messages include an image that supposedly depicts this Ebola zombie.

    Published: October 6, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Prehistoric Shark Captured off Pakistan'
    Circulating report claims that a giant prehistoric shark from a species that was thought to be extinct for 20 million years has been caught off the coast off Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.

    Published: October 3, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Robert Mugabe Announces Plans For Final Solution Against White Racism'
    Circulating report claims that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has announced plans for a 'Holocaust' against white people in which every white man, woman, and child in Zimbabwe will be exterminated without mercy.

    Published: October 1, 2014

    Misleading Protest Message Calls for KFC Boycott Due to Halal Hand Wipe Rules
    Protest message circulating via Facebook calls for a boycott of KFC after staff at a halal KFC branch in Leicester, UK, refused to give a customer hand wipes because they contain alcohol and might therefore break Islamic rules.

    Published: September 30, 2014

    Viber 'Missed Call' Malware Email
    Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that you have a missed call waiting and invites you to click a link to listen to the message.

    Published: September 30, 2014

    PHISHING - AOL Mail 'Exceeded Storage Limit' Email
    Message purporting to be from large US webmail provider AOL Mail claims that your email storage limit has been exceeded and you must therefore click a link to re-validate your mailbox.

    Published: September 29, 2014

    Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
    Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.

    Published: September 29, 2014

    Isis Door Knocking Warning Message is a Hoax
    A 'warning' circulating via social media websites and text messages claims that members of the terror group Isis are going door to door in Australia with a view to 'marking' Christian homes.

    Published: September 27, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
    Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.

    Published: September 26, 2014

    'HP Car Advertisement' Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from a firm called 'HP Car Advertisement' claims that you can earn $450 per week just by placing an 'auto wrap' advertising decal on your car and driving around as you normally do.

    Published: September 25, 2014

    Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat was an Elaborate Hoax
    A threat to publish stolen nude photos of actress Emma Watson has turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

    Published: September 25, 2014

    Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?
    Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

    Published: September 23, 2014

    FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.

    Published: September 23, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Texas to Legalize Marijuana Use'
    Circulating story claims that Texas has a new bill that will legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana from January 1, 2015.

    Published: September 22, 2014

    MALWARE - 'My New Photo' Emails
    Emails with the subject line and text 'my new photo :)' include an attached .zip file that supposedly contains the promised image.

    Published: September 22, 2014

    HOAX - 'Facebook to Begin Charging Users From November 1st'
    Report circulating via social media claims that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month from November 1st 2014 in an effort to counter rising costs.

    Published: September 22, 2014

    Do NOT Try to Charge your iPhone in a Microwave - 'Wave' iOS8 Hoax
    Viral message claims that new 'Wave' technology that comes with Apple's iOS8 allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone by placing it in a household microwave for a minute and a half.

    Published: September 19, 2014

    HOAX - 'Cosmic Rays Entering Earth From Mars'
    Circulating message warns that potentially dangerous cosmic rays will be entering the Earth from Mars between 10:30 pm and 3:30 am tonight and users should switch off their mobile devices. The message claims that the information comes from BBC News.

    Published: September 17, 2014

    MALWARE - 'Invoice Overdue Notification'
    'Invoice overdue' email claims that, if you do not pay the outstanding amount within 7 days, legal action will be taken to recover the money owed. You are invited to 'press a link' to view the original invoice.

    Published: September 17, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Win Free Apple iPhone 6'
    Website claims that you can win an iPhone 6 by liking and sharing a Facebook Page and participating in online surveys.

    Published: September 15, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Eminem Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab'
    Story circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab to deal with a heroin addiction.

    Published: September 15, 2014

    Fake 'Islamic Rights' Facebook Page Inciting Hatred on Gold Coast
    A Facebook Page called 'Preserving Islamic Rights on the Gold Coast' has demanded that the Gold Coast mayor incorporate Islamic prayers into the Anzac Day Dawn service to 'honour fallen Islamic diggers'. It also proposes that an Islamic symbol be included on a newly designed Australian flag. It even suggests that an entire Islamic suburb to be called 'New Palestine' and complete with a 'Refugee Ferry Port and Processing Facility is to be built in the area.

    Published: September 13, 2014

    HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message features a strident letter supposedly sent to parents by Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.

    Published: September 12, 2014

    HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'HOAX - 'Belgium Mayor Explains Why he Refused to Ban Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message features a strident letter supposedly sent to parents by Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, explaining why he refused to give in to demands from local Muslims to remove pork from school canteen menus.

    Published: September 12, 2014

    HOAX - 'Send Message to 10 Contacts to Activate WhatsApp with 'F' Logo'
    Message purporting to be from the director of instant messaging application WhatsApp claims that the service has been bought by Mark Zuckerberg and you must therefore send the same message to at least 10 contacts to activate your account with Facebook.

    Published: September 12, 2014

    'Outstanding Warrant' Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as law-enforcement officers are cold-calling people and tricking them into paying over the phone to resolve supposedly outstanding warrants.

    Published: September 10, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'FDA Find Coors Light Beers Laced With Cocaine'
    Report being shared via social media claims that the FDA has discovered that thousands of Coors Light beers across the US have been laced with cocaine.

    Published: September 10, 2014

    MALWARE - TNT Express 'Could Not Make Delivery' Email
    Message purporting to be from delivery company TNT Express claims that the service could not make delivery of a parcel and you should therefore click a link to get a postal receipt.

    Published: September 10, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall'
    Viral 'news' report claims that meteorologists and weather science experts warn that there is a 99% chance that the entire United States will experience 'record shattering snow storms' in coming months.

    Published: September 9, 2014

    PHISHING - Apple ID 'Complete Our Validation Process' Email
    Email purporting to be from Apple Customer Service claims that you must complete a validation process for your account or risk suspension of your Apple ID.

    Published: September 9, 2014

    Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck
    Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.

    Updated: September 8, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Two Little Creatures Found in USA'
    'Breaking News' message being shared via Facebook claims that two little creatures that look just like humans have been found in the USA. The message invites you to click a 'play' button on a teaser image of the creatures to view video footage.

    Published: September 9, 2014

    BH Live 'Peter Pan' eTickets Malware Email
    Ticket order confirmation email purporting to be from UK ticket agency BH Live Tickets claims that you can view and print your purchased tickets to Peter Pan by opening an attached file.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    Fake News - 'Ruins of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert'
    Report being shared via social media claims that the ruins of an ancient city have been discovered in the Australian desert. The report features a photograph that supposedly depicts the Australian ruins.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    Reports Warn Users About Venomous Puss Caterpillars
    Reports circulating via social media warn people not to touch the 'Puss Caterpillar' because its fur contains venom that can cause intense pain as well as vomiting and other health problems.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    Shakira Death Hoax Email Contains Malware
    Spanish language email claims that Colombian entertainer Shakira has been killed in a car accident and invites you to open an attached file for further details.

    Published: September 8, 2014

    FACEBOOK SCAM - 'Free Harley Davidson Giveaway'
    Facebook Page claims that users can win a free Harley Davidson Road King just by liking and commenting on the Page and sharing an image of the bike.

    Published: September 6, 2014

    Scammers Capitalize on Nude Celebrity Photo Leak
    Online criminals are using publicity surrounding the recent nude celebrity photo leak to trick people into following links that lead to malware or survey scam websites.

    Published: September 6, 2014

    Betty White 'Dyes' Joke Article Dupes Internet Users
    Circulating message features the headline 'Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home' and includes a link to a longer report.

    Published: September 5, 2014

    HM Revenue & Customs 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from UK tax agency HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), warns that your HMRC account has been locked and that you should click a link to complete a verification process.

    Updated: September 3, 2014

    'Saved by the Bell' Star Dennis Haskins Is NOT Dead
    Message being shared via social media claims that American actor Dennis Haskins, who is best known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the sitcom 'Saved by the Bell', has been killed in a car accident.

    Updated: September 3, 2014

    WhatsApp 'New Voicemail' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from cross platform IM application WhatsApp claims that the recipient has a new voicemail that can be accessed by clicking the "Play" button in the message.

    Updated: September 3, 2014

    Protest Message Claims Arab Man Refused to Sell Gas to Uniformed Soldier
    A boycott message going viral via social media claims that an Arabic worker at a Michigan gas station refused to sell gas to a uniformed U.S. Army reservist.

    Published: September 2, 2014

    Kitty Cat-Astrophe! - 'Hello Kitty is Not a Cat'
    A recent revelation involving iconic cartoon character Hello Kitty has rocked the interwebs to its core. Shock horror. It seems that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat!

    Published: September 2, 2014

    HOAX - 'Chemical Laced $100 Bills Placed on Cars to Kidnap Drivers'
    Circulating message claims that criminals are placing $100 bills laced with a debilitating chemical on cars as a means of making drivers who touch the note pass out so that they can be kidnapped or assaulted.

    Published: September 1, 2014

    '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 1, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS - 'Tupac Shakur Alive'
    Circulating report claims that rapper Tupac Shakur did not die in a September 1996 drive-by shooting as thought but has instead been in hiding for 18 years.

    Published: August 31, 2014

    Ice Bucket Challenge Death Hoaxes
    Social media messages claim that teens have died when large tubs struck their heads while they participated in the ice bucket challenge meme that is currently circulating around the world. The articles include videos depicting the supposedly fatal stunts.

    Published: August 30, 2014

    Scam Callers Threaten Internet Disconnection
    Callers claiming to be from the technical department of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Telstra warn that your Internet service is about to be disconnected because hackers have accessed your computer or it has been infected with viruses.

    Published: August 29, 2014


    Breaking Bad Season 6 Claim is a Hoax
    The interwebs have been all abuzz in recent days with rumours that popular TV series 'Breaking Bad' is set to return with a totally unexpected Season 6.

    Published: August 29, 2014

    PHISHING - HSBC Bank 'Account Monitoring Process' Email
    Email claiming to be from HSBC bank advises you that your account has been suspended via an account monitoring process designed to protect you from fraudsters.

    Published: August 28, 2014

    Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish
    Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

    Published: August 28, 2014

    MALWARE - Order Number 'Thank You For Using Our Services' Email
    Email claims to be a notification about recent transaction and includes an order number, price, and payment method. It advises you to open an attached file for details about the purchase.

    Published: August 28, 2014

    Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
    Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

    Published: August 27, 2014

    Urgent Prayer Request for Northern Iraq Claims to be From Open Doors
    A circulating message, which purports to be from Christian support organization Open Doors, claims that there is a serious threat that all Christians in Northern Iraq may be beheaded within hours and calls for 'urgent prayer backing' to help those in danger.

    Published: August 27, 2014

    MALWARE - 'K&L Gates Debt Recovery Notification'
    Debt recovery notification email purporting to be from K&L Gates claims that you have unpaid utility bills and must pay within three days or face court and possible eviction.

    Published: August 27, 2014

    FAKE- NEWS: 'George Zimmerman Arrested in Ferguson'
    Circulating social media message claims that George Zimmerman, who shot and killed African American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been arrested in Ferguson after an altercation with two black teenagers.

    Published: August 26, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - Free $1000 Gift Card From Kmart
    A message circulating on Facebook says that you can claim a $1000 Kmart gift card for free by clicking a link.

    Published: August 26, 2014

    Fake Adobe Invoice Email Contains Malicious Macro
    Email purporting to be from the Adobe Billing Department claims that you can view an invoice for Adobe services by opening an attached Microsoft Word document.

    Published: August 26, 2014

    SCAM - 'Facebook Work From Home Program'
    Message claims that Facebook has launched a new 'Work From Home' program that will allow users to make money from the comfort of their own homes.

    Published: August 25, 2014

    ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'Web Awards 2014' Notification Email
    Email claims that you have won three million US dollars in the 2014 Web industry award scheme.

    Published: August 25, 2014

    FALSE - 'New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police About Illegal Activity'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that the new Facebook messenger app automatically alerts police when it detects messages mentioning illegal activities. According to the message, 250 people have already been arrested as a result.

    Published: August 25, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Sylvester Stallone Died in Horrible Car Accident'
    Facebook post claims that actor Sylvester Stallone has died in a car accident. The post features a teaser image of a crashed car and invites users to click a 'play' button to view video footage of the accident.

    Published: August 21, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts
    Circulating report claims that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.

    Published: August 21, 2014

    MALWARE - 'Baker & McKenzie' Court Notice Email
    Email purporting to be from law firm Baker & McKenzie claims that you are scheduled to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

    Published: August 20, 2014

    Gumtree 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from online buying and selling website Gumtree claims that you Gumtree account has been locked for security reasons and you must proceed with a verification process to restore access.

    Published: August 5, 2014

    FACEBOOK SCAM - 'Spiders Coming Out Of Guy's Leg'
    Facebook message featuring an image depicting a man with a strange growth on his thigh invites users to click a 'play' button to view spiders coming out of the man's leg.

    Published: August 19, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Free $250 McDonalds Gift Card'
    Message appearing on Facebook claims that you can click a link to get a McDonalds gift card worth $250.

    Published: August 18, 2014

    Circulating Message Warns Parents About Kik Messenger App
    Social media driven warning message outlines an incident in which a 14-year-old girl was contacted via Kik Messenger by a man who tried to intimidate her into sending aninappropriate picture of herself via the app.

    Published: August 18, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - Robin Williams 'Goodbye' Video Message
    Message appearing on Facebook invites users to click a link to view an 'exclusive' video of Robin Williams saying goodbye with his cell phone.

    Published: August 15, 2014

    UNFOUNDED - 'Kinder Joy Contains Wax Coating That Can Cause Cancer'
    Circulating warning claims that children's chocolate treat, Kinder Joy contains a wax coating that can cause cancer. It further claims that Styrofoam containers also have a wax coating.

    Published: August 15, 2014

    PHISHING SCAM - 'Upgrade Your Bigpond Account'
    Message purporting to be from Australian internet and email service provider Bigpond claims that unused accounts are being cancelled to create more space and you must therefore click a link to re-activate your account and prevent its permanent closure.

    Published: August 14, 2014

    PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email
    Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.

    Published: August 13, 2014

    FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
    Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.

    Published: August 5, 2014

    Hulk Hogan is NOT Dead
    Rumours circulating via social media claim that wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has died.

    Published: August 5, 2014

    SURVEY SCAM - 'Government Warning' About Bath Shampoo
    'Government Warning' message featuring a video teaser image depicting a strange growth on a person's shoulder claims that the growth was caused by a type of bath shampoo. The message advises users to click a link and watch the video to learn more about the 'disease'.

    Published: July 31, 2014


    FAKE-NEWS: 'Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales'
    Circulating report claims that 16 members of a Japanese whaling crew have been killed and eaten by a school of killer whales.

    Published: July 31, 2014

    ATO 'Multiple Password Failures' Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that a security check discovered multiple failed login attempts and you are therefore required to reconfirm your account information within 48 hours.

    Published: July 30, 2014

    SATIRE - 'George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession'
    Circulating report claims that former US President George W. Bush has been arrested after police found an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment during a routine traffic stop.

    Published: July 28, 2014

    HOAX - 'Wiltshire Church to Become Mosque and Bodies Dug Up'
    Circulating social media message claims that a British church in Wiltshire, UK will be converted into a mosque and that bodies buried in the church's graveyard will be dug up and moved. The message features an image of the church.

    Published: July 28, 2014

    Macro Virus Threat Returns - Beware Emails With Malicious Word Attachments
    Unsolicited emails with attached 'invoice' or 'payment' Microsoft Word documents ask users to enable Macros to view document contents.

    Published: July 24, 2014

    FALSE - 'Jim Parsons Quits Big Bang Theory'
    Circulating report claims that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the popular TV show 'Big Bang Theory', has quit the show after an on-set argument with co-star Johnny Galecki.

    Published: July 24, 2014

    Amazon 'Order Details' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Amazon, thanks recipients for their order and invites them to view order details in an attached file.

    Published: July 24, 2014

    Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
    Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have appeared online. These sites publish articles that - for the most part - are simply made up by their authors.

    Published: July 23, 2014

    LIKE-FARMING - 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45' Facebook Giveaway
    Facebook Page claims that users can win a 'Mercedes Benz CLA 45 just by liking the page, liking and sharing a promotional post, and adding a comment specifying what colour car they would like.

    Published: July 21, 2014

    Beware of Scams That Exploit M17 Disaster
    Sadly, callous criminals waste no time in exploiting disasters such as air-crashes, terrorist attacks, storms, or tsunamis.

    Published: July 21, 2014

    RESHIPPING SCAM - 'Transportation Manager' Parcel Repacking Job Offer
    Email offers you a position as a 'Transportation Manager', a work-at-home job that involves accepting, repacking and reposting various parcels.

    Published: July 17, 2014

    MALWARE - 'Green Winick' Notice to Appear in Court Email
    Email purporting to be from Green Winick Attorneys at Law claims that you are required to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.

    Published: July 15, 2014

    Fiction - Facebook Messages from Dead Girlfriend

    Circulating message relates the scary tale of a man who continues to receive Facebook messages from his girlfriend even though she died in a 2012 car accident.

    Published: July 10, 2014



    Facebook Scam - 'Free Baby Relief Kit From Johnson'

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that you can get a free baby relief kit from Johnson's by clicking a link and following the instructions.

    Published: July 9, 2014



    Scammers Target Australian Residents Via Fake Virgin Airlines Calls
    A number of people in different parts of Australia have reported receiving 'prize' calls claiming to be from Virgin Australia.

    Published: July 15, 2014

    NONSENSE: August 2014 Date Combination - 'Once Every 823 Years'

    Circulating message claims that August 2014 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a phenomenon that occurs only once every 823 years. The message also claims that sharing the information will bring you money based on Chinese Feng Shui.

    Published: July 11, 2014



    PHISHING - 'Security Alert Facebook Disabled' Email
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Security team claims that, due to suspicious account activity that violates the Terms of Service, your Facebook account will be automatically disabled if you do not click a link and confirm account details within 12 hours.

    Published: July 15, 2014

    LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.

    Published: July 14, 2014

    Hoax - 'RFID Chip Will Be Implemented In All Public Schools By 2015'
    Circulating report claims that RFID Chips Will Be Implemented In All US Public School childrenby 2015 in an effort to curb gun violence.

    Published: July 14, 2014

    Malware : E-ZPass Unpaid Toll Email Links to Malware Website

    Email purporting to be from US toll collection system E-ZPass claims that the recipient has not paid for driving on a toll road and should click a link to download an invoice.

    Published: July 11, 2014



    Hoax - 'Dangerous 'New Known Spider' Spreading In Australia'
    Circulating message warns you to watch out for a very dangerous 'new known spider' that is spreading across Australia. The message includes a picture of the spider along with a series of images supposedly depicting a wound caused by a bite from one of the spiders.

    Published: July 10, 2014

    LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.

    Published: July 14, 2014

    Phishing: 'Expiration Of Your BTinternet Email'
    Message purporting to be from BTInternet claims that you must update all of your 'informations' via an attached form or risk the 'expiration' of your BTInternet email.

    Published: July 8, 2014


    'Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 Found By Sailor'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that lost Malaysian Air Flight MH-370 was found by a sailor moments ago. The message is presented as a video that users can supposedly click for more information and features a screenshot of a downed plane.

    Published: July 8, 2014

    True but Outdated - 'Man Punching Dog' Protest Message
    Viral social media message features an image depicting a man about to punch a dog held against a wall and another image showing the dog buried up to its neck in sand. The message asks that people share the images in the hope that the man can be recognized and arrested.

    Published: July 7, 2014



    SURVEY SCAM - 'Abnormal Creatures Growing In Woman's Breast'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that an image in the post depicts a woman's breast that has 'unusual and abnormal' creatures growing in it. The image includes a video play button that supposedly allows people to watch footage of the 'creatures'.

    Published: June 25, 2014



    SATIRE - 'Unborn Baby Pregnant Inside Womb'

    Circulating report claims that doctors in Oregon discovered that a baby was pregnant while still in her mother's womb.

    Published: June 25, 2014



    PRANK - 'England Gets Second Chance as Ref Charged'

    Circulating news snippet appearing to be from the BBC claims that England has been given a replay game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee was charged with match fixing and bribery.

    Published: June 23, 2014



    SICK BABY SCAM: '1 Like = 1 Share'

    Circulating Facebook post that features a photograph of a baby with a large surgery scar across his face claims that liking the picture equates to a prayer for the child.

    Published: June 13, 2014


    NONSENSE - '1 in 3 Americans Implanted With RFID Chips'

    Online report claims that 1 in 3 Americans have been implanted with RFID chips and most are unaware that they have the chips. The report suggests that the chips are often implanted during dental work.

    Published: June 11, 2014



    PRANK - 'Eastenders to be Axed after 29 Years'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that popular BBC show 'Eastenders' is set to be axed.

    Published: June 11, 2014



    HOAX - 'Charles Manson Granted Parole'

    Circulating report claims that notorious criminal Charles Manson has been granted parole and will soon walk free.

    Published: June 11, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Netflix Account Cancellation's

    Message purporting to be from video streaming service Netflix claims that, due to a payment issue, your account will be cancelled unless you click a link and update credit card details.

    Published: June 5, 2014



    Fake Big W Facebook Pages Promise Large Prizes for Sharing

    Facebook Pages claiming to be associated with Australian department store chain Big W, advise users that they can win Dell computers, Samsung Galaxy phones, or other expensive prizes just by liking and sharing Page posts.

    Published: June 3, 2014



    HOAX - 'Men Claiming to be From Water Company Robbing Homes at Gunpoint'

    Social media message warns users that a group of men are posing as water or electricity company workers to gain access to homes and then rob the householders at gunpoint.

    Published: June 3, 2014



    MALWARE - 'British Airways - Your Flight Ticket Not Activated'

    Email purporting to be from British Airways claims that your flight ticket has not been activated and asks you to open an attached file and fill in a form to complete the ticket activation.

    Published: June 2, 2014



    Lou Ferrigno Is NOT Dead

    Circulating report claims that popular US actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno has been killed in a car accident.

    Published: May 29, 2014



    Facebook New Audio Recognition Feature Raising Privacy Concerns

    Circulating petition warns that Facebook has announced a new feature for its smartphone app that will allow the company to listen to your phone conversations via the phone's microphone.

    Published: May 28, 2014



    HOAX - 'Semen Found on McDonald's Burger'

    Circulating report claims that a woman in Michigan found semen in the mayonnaise of a McDonald's burger and caught herpes as a result of the contamination.

    Published: May 28, 2014



    VALID - May 2014 eBay Password Reset Notification Email

    Email from online auction company eBay asks you to change your account password due to a security breach.

    Published: May 27, 2014



    OUTDATED - Viral Video of Mother Beating Baby

    Viral social media message that features a disturbing video of a woman beating an infant asks users to share the footage as much as possible in the hope that the offender can be identified and brought to justice.

    Published: May 26, 2014



    HOAX - 'Mother Suing Marvel Due to Son's Spider-Man Death Jump'

    Circulating report claims that a mother is suing comic publisher Marvel because her son jumped from a six-story window to his death after watching a Spider-Man movie.

    Published: May 26, 2014



    HOAX - 'Frooti HIV Contamination Warning'

    Circulating message purporting to be from the Delhi Police warns people not to drink any product from Frooti because a worker has added HIV contaminated blood to the drinks.

    Published: May 22, 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



    MEME - 'Coke and Pepsi Used as Pesticides in India'

    Circulating meme claims that Coke and Pepsi Are Used as Pesticides in India because they are cheaper and more effective than the real thing.

    Published: May 20, 2014



    'Prayers for Likes' Facebook Sick Baby Scam

    Circulating message that features an image of a baby with hospital equipment in the background claims that liking the image equates to one prayer for the child while sharing equates to 100 prayers.

    Published: May 20, 2014



    Unsold Car Stockpile Images

    A May 2014 report claims that millions of new cars are being left to deteriorate unsold and unmaintained in vast car yards all around the world because the world recession is 'still biting'. The report features a series of photographs depicting the car stockpiles.

    Published: May 19, 2014



    MALWARE - 'Justice.gov.uk Parking Fine Reminder Notice'

    'Reminder notice' email purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice claims that the recipient owes money for a parking fine and should open an attached document for more information.

    Published: May 19, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Password Reset Request' Email

    Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company has received a password reset request from an unrecognized device. Recipients are advised to protect their accounts by following a verification procedure outlined in an attached file.

    Published: May 16, 2014



    MISLEADING and OVERBLOWN - 'Apple Helping Police to Hide Police Brutality'

    Circulating reports warn that Apple now has technology that will allow police to switch off iPhone cameras and Wi-Fi at will, thereby allowing them to avoid images and footage of police brutality from becoming public.

    Published: May 16, 2014



    Cliff Hanging House Image - 'Crazy Master Bedroom'

    Image circulating via social media depicts a home built on the very edge of a cliff with a glass-walled master bedroom jutting out over the cliff face.

    Published: May 15, 2014



    HOAX - 'Maggie From Sweden Hacker Alert'

    Circulating social media message warns users not to accept a friend request from a person called 'Maggie from Sweden' because she is a hacker.

    Published: May 15, 2014



    HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'

    Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.

    Published: May 14, 2014



    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Brad Duke's 20 Million Dollar Giveaway Contest'

    Facebook Page claims that lottery winner Brad Duke is giving $20 million to Facebook users. To get a chance to win, users are instructed to like the Page and add a comment stating what they would do with their prize money. Posts on the Page include images depicting large sums of cash in Australian dollars.

    Published: May 14, 2014



    'Hanging Naked Man' Orchid Flower Images

    Circulating message claims that attached images show the 'Naked Man' orchid, which has flowers that resemble tiny - and clearly male - figures.

    Published: May 13, 2014



    ‘DSVX Virus’ Yahoo Email Phishing Scam

    Message claiming to be from Yahoo asks recipients to update their Yahoo email account on the grounds that a 'DSVX virus' has been detected in their account.

    Published: May 13, 2014



    'Hole Under Door Lock' Burglary Warning Message

    Circulating message warns that thieves are breaking into cars by punching a small hole under the door lock. But, claims the message, instead of stealing all valuable items in the vehicle, they find out the owner's home address via a GPS or documents left in the car and then later go to the home and burgle it.

    Published: May 9, 2014



    Google+ 'Fraudulent Verification Survey' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the 'All Domain Mail Team' at Google+ asks recipients to participate in a 'spam and fraudulent verification survey'.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card

    Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get a free Bunnings Warehouse Gift Card valued at several hundred dollars by clicking a link in the post.

    Updated: May 8, 2014



    SATIRE - 'Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg'

    Circulating report claims that, after a racetrack collision, one jockey with a broken leg died after a horse trainer accidently gave him a lethal dose of a drug used to euthanize injured horses.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    'Shovel Girl' Miranda Fugate is NOT Dead

    Circulating report claims that Miranda Fugate, the girl hit in the head with a shovel in a recent viral video, subsequently died of her injuries.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    Facebook Account Registration 'Copy Code' Scam Messages

    Supposedly official messages being distributed on Facebook claim that users must register or verify their accounts by copying a specified code and pasting it into their browser's console. The messages warn that if a user fails to comply with the instructions, his or her account will be deactivated or disabled.

    Published: May 7, 2014



    SURVEY SCAM - 'Teen Died Immediately' Facebook Post

    Facebook post featuring an image of a young woman being violently assaulted claims that the girl died immediately after the depicted incident. The image includes a video 'play' button that supposedly allows users to view footage of the incident.

    Published: May 5, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Virgin Media Quick Pay Profile Update'

    Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims the company has introduced extra security features and users must therefore click a link to upgrade their Quick Pay profile.

    Published: May 5, 2014



    MALWARE - Paymer 'Thank You for Your Deposit' Email

    Message purporting to be from digital payment service Paymer thanks recipients for their deposit and claims that they can view the payment ticket in an attached file.

    Published: May 5, 2014



    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' Facebook Page

    Facebook Page that calls itself 'Australian Cash and Prize Giveaways' promises large cash prizes to people who like a promotional image and like the Page.

    Published: May 1, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Unclaimed Walmart Vouchers' Notification Email

    Email claims that the 'Walmart Reward Server' has identified the recipient's email address as being linked to $500 worth of unclaimed Walmart vouchers.

    Published: May 1, 2014



    Reports Claim Subway UK Removing Pork Products and Serving Halal Only Food

    Circulating reports claim that some Subway stores in the UK do not serve ham and bacon and offer only halal meat.

    Published: May 1, 2014



    ATO 'Final Estimated Refund' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund of $585.15 by following a link and filling in a claim form.

    Published: April 30, 2014



    FAKE - Image Showing Giant Cross Crashed Through Adult Store Roof

    Viral image supposedly depicts a giant cross crashed through the roof of an 'Adult World' store. Captions that circulate with the image suggest that the depicted incident shows God's wrath against the 'sinful' store.

    Published: April 30, 2014



    Telstra 'Refund Bill Account' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company Telstra claims that the customer is owed a refund due to a billing error.

    Published: April 30, 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


    BOGUS WARNING - ' White Van With Reg 7465 CGF Stealing Dogs'

    Viral social media messages claim that men driving a white van with the registration number 7465 CGF are attempting to steal dogs for dog fighting in various locations in the UK and other parts of Europe. The messages include a picture of the white van.

    Published: April 24, 2014


    Circulating Message Claims 'Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog'

    Circulating social media message claims that a newborn baby abandoned in a forest was carried across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to safety by a stray dog. The message features an image of a dog beside a baby on a bed.

    Published: April 23, 2014



    Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams

    Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.

    Published: April 23, 2014



    ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'BBC Promo Email Award'

    Message claims that the recipient's email address has been selected as the winner of £500,000 in the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014, a promotion organized by the BBC One National Lottery.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Visa Card Status Notification'

    'Status notification' email purporting to be from Visa claims that the recipient's card access has been limited because 'unusual activity' has been detected.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    HOAX - 'McDonald's Users Worm Fillers in Meat From Company Called 100% Beef'

    Circulating report claims that McDonald's users 'worm fillers' in its meat but can still legally claim that there is 100% beef in their burgers because they use a company called the '100% Beef Company'.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    Westnet 'Upgrade Your Email' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from Australian ISP Westnet claims that users must click a link to upgrade a soon to expire email account.

    Published: April 22, 2014



    'Update IRS E-File' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service demands that recipients click a link to update their IRS e-file.

    Published: April 22, 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



    Viral Video Depicts a 'Mysterious' Black Ring In Sky Above England

    Messages featuring video footage of a strange black ring floating in the sky above Leamington Spa in the UK suggest that no one can explain the ring's origin.

    Published: April 17, 2014



    WWE Legend The Undertaker is Alive

    Circulating report claims that wrestling star Mark 'The Undertaker' Calaway was found dead in his Texas home.

    Published: April 17, 2014



    SATIRE - 'Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband'

    Circulating report claims that US arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby recently fired a woman because she divorced her husband without company approval.

    Published: April 14, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 'Integrity Check' Email

    Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company performs regular integrity checks on user accounts and the recipient must therefore click a one-time validation link to avoid account suspension.

    Published: April 14, 2014



    SCAM - 'Mermaid Found Inside Shark Video'

    Circulating 'breaking news' Facebook message claims that users can click a teaser image to see a 'rare' video footage of a mermaid found inside a shark.

    Published: April 14, 2014



    Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that Facebook is limiting Page posts so that no more than 7% of people see them. The message, which bills itself as a test, asks users to like the message and comment 'yes' to ensure that more people see the Page's messages.

    Published: April 11, 2014



    SCAM -'R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson' - The Rock is NOT Dead

    R.I.P. message being distributed on Facebook claims that actor Dwayne Johnson has died during filming of a dangerous stunt for the movie Fast and Furious 7.

    Published: April 11, 2014



    SCAM - 'Devil's Pool Fall Epic Selfie Video'

    Facebook post featuring a teaser image of a man taking a photograph at the edge of Africa's Devils Pool urges users to click to watch video footage of the man's accidental fall.

    Published: April 10, 2014



    Heartbleed Bug - Users Warned to Change All Passwords

    Circulating messages warn users about a serious security flaw called 'Heartbleed' that could expose passwords and other sensitive information.

    Published: April 10, 2014



    HOAX - 'Justin Bieber Admits To Being Bi-Sexual'

    Circulating report claims that pop star Justin Bieber has admitted via Twitter that he is bisexual. The report features a screenshot of a supposed Twitter post that features an image of Bieber kissing singer Austin Mahone.

    Published: April 9, 2014



    PHISHING SCAM - 'Click to Read Vital Newsletter'

    Email claims that the sender has uploaded a vital newsletter using Google Docs and requests that recipients click a link to gain immediate access by signing in with their email address details.

    Published: April 9, 2014



    RingCentral 'New Fax Message' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be from Internet fax service RingCentral claims that the recipient has a new fax message that can be viewed by opening an attached file.

    Published: April 9, 2014



    LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Wife Pregnant for 13 Months Needs Prayers'

    Circulating Facebook message claims that a South African woman who has been pregnant for 13 months is about to have an operation and needs prayers. Users are asked to share the message and type 'Amen' as a comment. The message features a photograph of a heavily pregnant woman.

    Published: April 8, 2014



    'New Voicemail' Pharmacy Spam Email

    Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viper claims that the recipient has a new voicemail and can click a "Listen" button to hear the message.

    Published: April 8, 2014


    HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'

    Circulating report claims that the star Meccyroid will pass close to earth on April 21st 2014, resulting in the appearance of two suns in the sky over a 9-hour period.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams

    Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'

    News snippet circulating via social media claims that the United States is set to ban raw meat sales as a means of ensuring that only pathogen free meats are sold to the public.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the iTunes store lists orders supposedly made via the user's Apple account. The email informs users that, if they suspect that their account has been hijacked, they should click a link and supply information to rectify the issue.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead

    Circulating report claims that popular actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has fallen from a cliff and died while filming in New Zealand.

    Published: April 7, 2014



    Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message

    Circulating social media message featuring an image depicting pieces of cheese with nails embedded in them warns that such booby-trapped dog treats are the latest trend in dog parks.

    Published: April 4, 2014


    Product Order Request Money Laundering Emails

    Emails sent to various companies or product providers ask recipients to reply with details of the available products with a view to a future order.

    Published: April 3, 2014



    Capitec ‘Routine Maintenance’ Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from South African bank Capitec claims that users must confirm their online access as part of routine maintenance to ensure online safety.

    Published: April 3, 2014



    MALWARE - 'Confidential - ALL Employees Important Document'

    Email purporting to be a confidential message from the recipient's employer claims that all employees must fill out and submit an important document contained in an attached file.

    Published: April 2, 2014



    SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'

    Circulating Facebook post claims that lost Flight MH370 has been found in the Indian Ocean. The message features a teaser screenshot of an intact passenger aircraft crashed in the water and invites users to click the image to view a 'shocking video'.

    Published: April 2, 2014



    Lamborghini Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook message claims that an associated Facebook Page is giving away ten Lamborghinis. According to the message, all users need do for a chance to win is like and share the post and comment with their desired car colour.

    Published: April 1, 2014


    Barclays 'Detected Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from UK bank Barclays claims that irregular activity has been detected on the recipient's account and the account will therefore be restricted until the activity is verified.

    Published: April 1, 2014


    MALWARE - 'Traffic Accident With Your Car' Email

    Email claims that the recipient 'hurt' the sender's car in a traffic accident and urges him or her to view photos of the accident by opening an attached file.

    Published: March 31, 2014


    HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'

    Report circulating via social media claims that scientists at the UK's John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur. The report features a picture that supposedly depicts the cloned baby dinosaur.

    Published: March 31, 2014



    Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'

    Facebook post that features a picture of a boy with a very large tumour on his side claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money each time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.

    Published: March 31, 2014



    'Homicide Suspect' Malware Email - Fake Critical Reach Alert

    Message purporting to be from community alert system Critical Reach claims that recipients can read a bulletin about a homicide suspect by opening an attached file.

    Published: March 27, 2014


    TRUE - Razor Blades Found on Playground Equipment in East Moline

    Circulating social media post warns that a young child was hurt after he unknowingly grabbed a razor blade attached to playground equipment at a park in East Moline, Illinois.

    Published: March 26, 2014


    Spurious Health Claim - 'Asparagus Can Cure Cancer'

    Long circulated Internet message claims that pureed asparagus can cure cancer. The message cites several cases as examples. It claims that the information came from one Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. and was printed in the 'Cancer News Journal' back in December 1979.

    Published: March 25, 2014



    Google Drive Email Phishing Scam

    'Urgent' email requests recipients to click a link to view a document that the sender uploaded using Google Cloud Drive.

    Published: March 25, 2014



    Eerie Pre-911 Ad for Pakistan International Airlines Features Twin Towers with Plane Silhouette

    Circulating message features an old paper advertisement for Pakistan International Airlines that includes an image of New York's Twin Towers with the shadow of a passenger jet on the faces of the buildings.

    Published: March 24, 2014



    Like-Farming Video Scam - 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Found in Forest'

    'Breaking News' message circulating on Facebook claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found. The message features a video teaser image depicting a plane crashed on a dirt roadway beside a forest.

    Published: March 24, 2014



    'Eagle Snatching Kid' Viral Video is Fake

    A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.

    Published: March 21, 2014



    HOAX - 'Google Earth Finds SOS From Woman Stranded on Deserted Island'

    Circulating report that features an image depicting an SOS sign drawn on the ground and viewed from a high altitude, claims that the sign was made by a woman stranded on a deserted island for 7 years. The report suggests that the SOS was finally spotted via Google Earth.

    Published: March 20, 2014



    'All Paid For Disney World Vacation' Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook Page claims that users can have a chance to win an all expenses paid vacation to Florida's Disney World in exchange for liking and sharing a promotional image.

    Published: March 19, 2014



    Telstra BigPond 'Re-validate Account' Phishing Email

    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, claims that the recipient's email account has exceeded its storage limit and he or she must therefore re-validate the account by clicking a link.

    Published: March 19, 2014



    No, Energy Drinks Do NOT Contain Bull Sperm

    Message circulating via social media claims that the 'longhorn cattle company' tested some of the top brands of energy drink and found that they contain bull sperm.

    Published: March 19, 2014



    Viral Video Showing UFO Emerging From Behind Cloud

    A video going viral via social media appears to show a UFO emerging from behind a cloud and then shooting down bolts of blue light. A message that comes with some versions of the video claims that the video is 'being deleted all over the Internet' and asks users to share because the 'truth is happening'.

    Published: March 18, 2014



    BMW M3 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook message claims that users can win a BMW M3 by sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page.

    Published: March 18, 2014



    HOAX - Malaysia Airlines 'Lose Yourself' Advertisement

    The text on a circulating poster that is billed as an advertisement for Malaysia Airlines includes the slogans 'Lose yourself on an journey of epic proportions' and 'Wherever you go no one will ever know'. The poster claims that the pictured plane is a Boeing 777. The ad is billed as an uncanny premonition of missing Boeing 777 aircraft Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Published: March 17, 2014



    Actor Wayne Knight is NOT Dead

    Reports and rumours circulating via social media claim that popular actor Wayne Knight has been killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

    Published: March 17, 2014



    MALWARE - 'Suspicion of Cancer' Blood Test Results Email

    Email purporting to be from the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) claims that an analysis of the recipient's blood has revealed a low level of white blood cells that could indicate cancer. The message urges the recipient to print out test results contained in an attached file to give to his or her doctor.

    Published: March 14, 2014



    Facebook Survey Scam - 'Malaysian MH370 Plane Found In Bermuda Triangle'

    Facebook post claims that missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been found in the Bermuda Triangle with its passengers still alive and invites users to click a link to view breaking news video footage of the downed plane.

    Published: March 13, 2014



    Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'

    Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.

    Published: March 13, 2014



    HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'

    Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.

    Published: March 13, 2014



    HOAX - Volat-Araneus, The Flying Spider

    Circulating 'News' snippet claims that Volat-Araneus, a dangerous species of flying spider, will migrate to the UK this year. The snippet links to a longer report discussing the supposed threat.

    Published: March 12, 2014



    NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'

    Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children.

    Published: March 12, 2014



    'End of Windows XP Support' Popup Messages

    Popup messages appearing on the screens of some Windows users warn that Microsoft will soon be ending support for its Windows XP operating system. Some users have expressed concern that the warning messages may be malicious.

    Published: March 11, 2014



    Theme Park Accident Phishing and Survey Scam

    Circulating Facebook message claims that a fatal roller coaster accident has occurred at a large theme park and provides a link to video footage of the accident.

    Published: March 10, 2014



    Microsoft Account 'Outlook Web Access' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Account Team claims that recipients must click a link to upgrade their email account and set up Outlook Web Access.

    Published: March 10, 2014



    HOAX - Facebook 'No Religion Campaign'

    Circulating message claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'No Religion' campaign during which people caught spreading religious beliefs on the network will have their accounts locked.

    Published: March 10, 2014



    Back to the Future Arrival Time Prank

    Messages that have been repeatedly posted on social media websites claim that 'Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives'. The messages refer to the date that the character 'Marty McFly' from the 'Back to the Future' movies arrives in the future. The messages usually include a graphic supposedly depicting the arrival date.

    Published: March 7, 2014



    'Ignore if u Don't Care' Facebook Donations for Likes Hoax

    Circulating Facebook message that features an image of an emaciated young man lying on a bed claims that Facebook will donate money to help the man whenever users like, share or comment on his picture. The message claims that the man is suffering from cancer.

    Published: March 7, 2014



    Hoax - 'Instagram Randomly Deleting Accounts'

    Circulating social media message claims that image sharing service Instagram will be randomly deleting a "huge mass" of accounts on December 20, 2013. According to the message, users can keep their accounts safe from deletion by reposting the warning.

    Updated: March 7, 2014



    Overblown Facebook Warning – 'Do Not Open Any PM's From Anyone!'

    Message posted on Facebook warns users not to open any private messages from anyone because the PM's may contain 'malicious malware'. The message claims that just opening the PM will infect the user's computer.

    Published: March 5, 2014


    PayPal 'Cancel Payment' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has sent a payment to a specified merchant and offers instructions for cancelling the payment if required.

    Published: March 5, 2014



    HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'

    Circulating message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'no swearing campain' and that people subsequently caught using profanity on the network will have their accounts locked pending further investigations.

    Published: March 4, 2014


    HOAX - 'Deadly Snow Snake' Image

    Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts the deadly 'snow snake'. According to the message, the snake's venom will fatally freeze the blood of those bitten. It warns that four people in the United States have already been bitten.

    Published: March 4, 2014



    BMW 435i Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win one of two BMW 435i luxury cars just by liking, sharing and commenting on a promotional image.

    Published: March 4, 2014



    'Friend Request From Someone You Are Already Friends With' Alert Message

    Circulating Facebook post warns users not to accept a friend request from a person that they are already friends with because the request is an indication that the friend has been hacked.

    Published: March 3, 2014


    FedEx Package UK Lottery Advance Fee Scam

    Message claiming to be from delivery company FedEx informs the recipient that a package containing a UK lottery bank cashier cheque worth over $150000000 has been waiting to be delivered for some time. The recipient is instructed to pay a 'security fee' and supply personal details so that the cheque can be delivered.

    Published: February 27, 2014



    American Express 'Personal Security Key' Phishing Scam

    Email claiming to be from American Express instructs recipients to visit a website and create a Personal Security Key (PSK) as an account authentication measure.

    Published: February 26, 2014



    BMW Manager X6 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Message claims that the manager of the BMW Marketing Group is giving away a brand new X6 via Facebook. The message instructs users to like the manager's Facebook Page and share the promotional post for a chance to win the car.

    Published: February 26, 2014



    Westpac 'Bill Payment Successfully Processed' Phishing Scam

    Message supposedly sent by Australian bank Westpac, notifies recipients that a payment to a biller has been successfully processed and invites them to click a link to view transaction details.

    Published: February 25, 2014



    Pharmacy Spam Email - 'Private Message From Google'

    Email claims that recipients can access a private message from Google by clicking a link in the message.

    Published: February 25, 2014



    'Parents Can't Afford Surgery' Sick Baby Hoax

    Circulating Facebook post that features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money to cover the family's medical expenses whenever users like, share or comment on the image.

    Published: February 24, 2014



    NSA Using Angry Birds and Other Apps to Snatch Personal Data?

    Circulating social media message claims that America's NSA are using popular apps such as 'Angry Birds' to collect personal information from players.

    Published: February 20, 2014



    PayPal 'Your Transaction was Declined' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that a transaction was declined because recent activity on the recipient's account seemed unusual. The email instructs users to process a form in an attached file to confirm account information.

    Published: February 20, 2014



    180 Unsealed XBOX ONE Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

    Facebook message claims that 180 XBOX ONES cannot be sold due to being unsealed. Users are instructed to like and share the post for a chance to win one.

    Published: February 25, 2014



    'Shocking Video' Facebook Scams

    Posts appearing on Facebook claim that users can click a link to view "shocking", "exclusive" or "breaking news" video footage. The supposed videos cover a range of subject areas, including the discovery of giant creatures, dreadful car or plane accidents caught on film, news of a celebrity's death or injury and salacious or titillating gossip about what a particular person has supposedly done on camera.

    Published: February 20, 2014



    Phishing Scam – 'Apple ID Used to Download OS X Mavericks' Email

    Email purporting to be from the Apple Security Department warns recipients that their Apple ID was used to download OS X Mavericks and urges them to open an attached file to confirm their accounts if they did not initiate the download.

    Published: February 19, 2014



    'Product Testing UK' Facebook Survey Scam

    Facebook messages originating from a Facebook Page called 'Product Testing UK' claim that testers are need for iPhones and other products and invite users to click a link to fill in a 'Product Testing Application Form'.

    Published: February 19, 2014



    TRUE - White Lumps of Palm Oil Washed Up on UK Beaches Dangerous to Dogs

    Circulating social media message claims that mysterious white lumps of palm oil being washed up on southern UK beaches can be deadly to dogs.

    Published: February 19, 2014



    CandySwipe Versus Candy Crush Saga Protest Messages

    Circulating reports claim that King, developers of the popular game "Candy Crush Saga", is attempting to have the trademark of a game called "CandySwipe" cancelled because it infringes on its own game's trademark. But, allege the reports, "CandySwipe" actually existed - and the name was a registered trademark - well prior to the release of Candy Crush Saga.

    Published: February 18, 2014


    'Energy Statement' Malware Email

    Message purporting to be from the "Energy Billing System" claims that the receiver's latest energy bill is now available online and can be viewed by clicking a link.

    Published: February 15, 2014


    Telstra Withdrawing Access to Facebook Zero

    Circulating rumours claiming that Australian telecommunications giant Telstra is set to withdraw access to Facebook Zero are causing concern and consternation.

    Published: February 14, 2014


    Microsoft 'Reactivate Your Email Account' Phishing Scam

    Mail purporting to be from Microsoft claims that recipients must click a link to complete a 'one time automatic verification' in order to avoid having their email account suspended.

    Published: February 13, 2014



    HOAX - 'Calls to 0809 Area Code from UK will be Charged at £1500 Per Minute'

    Circulating message that includes the letterhead of the Greater Manchester Police warns users not to ever dial the area codes 0809, 0284 and 0876 from the UK because such calls will be charged at £1500 per-minute.

    Published: February 13, 2014



    One Ring Phone Scam Warnings

    Circulating messages warn users about a 'one ring' phone scam designed to trick people into returning a missed call and thereby incurring per minute charges on top of hefty international call fees.

    Published: February 12, 2014



    'Shocking Accident Roller Coaster' Video Site Promotion Scam

    Circulating Facebook message features a teaser image depicting a 'shocking accident' in which a rollercoaster carriage and its passengers come loose from the track and fall. The message includes a link that supposedly opens a video showing footage of the accident.

    Published: February 12, 2014



    'Incoming Fax Report' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be a notification about an incoming payroll related fax claims that users can click a link to read the file online.

    Published: February 12, 2014



    Satirical Article Falsely Claims Flappy Bird Creator Committed Suicide

    Circulating report claims that the developer of the wildly popular game 'Flappy Bird' has committed suicide. It also claims that at least seven other people have committed suicide because the game was removed from app stores.

    Published: February 11, 2014



    Vin Diesel Fake Death Report Facebook Scam

    Circulating Facebook message claims that actor Vin Diesel has died and invites users to click a link to view a video with more information.

    Published: February 11, 2014



    RBS 'Latest Statement Available' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) advises recipients that their latest statement and pre-advice of interest & charges is available for viewing online.

    Published: February 10, 2014



    Satire - 'Sochi Olympic Rings Mishap Man Found Dead'

    Circulating report claims that the man responsible for the technical problems that caused the Sochi Olympic Rings display to fail during the opening ceremony has been found dead with multiple stab wounds.

    Published: February 9, 2014


    'Justin Bieber Killed a 7-Year-Old Boy' Rogue App Facebook Scam

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that pop star Justin Bieber accidentally killed a seven-year-old child while driving under the influence.

    Published: February 9, 2014


    No, Michael Vick was NOT Attacked by a Pit Bull

    Circulating report claims that US footballer Michael Vick, a man reviled by many for his involvement in dogfighting, has been hospitalized after being attacked by a Pit Bull that escaped its cage and went on a rampage.

    Published: February 8, 2014


    Hoax - Indian Woman Gives Birth to Eleven Babies at Once

    Circulating message claims that a woman in India has just broken the world record after giving birth to eleven babies at once. The message includes a photograph depicting eleven babies with a medical team.

    Updated: February 8, 2014


    'Rent Arrears Warning' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be a 'Customer Reminder' from a landlord claims that the recipient must pay £2000 in rent arrears within ten working days or face court proceedings. The message claims that recipients can click a link to get more information.

    Published: February 7, 2014



    Facebook 'A Look Back' Video is Genuine (But Watch For Scam Imitations)

    A number of Facebook users have heard rumours that the Facebook "A Look Back" video feature is somehow malicious. The rumours have caused concern and confusion among users.

    Published: February 7, 2014



    'Major Hack' Facebook Virus Warning Message

    Circulating Facebook message describes a 'major hack' that is spreading a virus via private Facebook messages. The message warns users not to open attachments claiming to contain images in a .zip file.

    Published: February 7, 2014



    cPanel 'Account Verification' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from website hosting control system cPanel claims that recipients must click a link to login and re-confirm their accounts.

    Published: February 6, 2014



    'Unconscious Chicken Farming' Messages

    Circulating messages describe a proposed 'Matrix style' chicken farming method in which chickens that have had their cerebral cortex removed will be immobilised in massive steel frames and fed via tubes.

    Published: February 6, 2014



    'Complaint Has Been Received' Pretrial Notice Malware Email

    Email purporting to be a "pretrial notice" from a court secretary claims that the recipient's complaint has been received and urges him or her to follow a link to check and confirm the complaint.

    Published: February 4, 2014



    Satire – 'Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged'

    Circulating report claims that officials now believe that the 2014 Super Bowl game was rigged and that the event is now being investigated by the NFL.

    Published: February 4, 2014



    ANZ 'Upgrade to New System' Phishing Scam

    Email pretending to be from large Australian bank ANZ claims that customers must click a link to upgrade to a new system technology designed to give users maximum protection.

    Published: February 3, 2014


    Misleading and Inaccurate Warning – 'Don’t Answer Calls While Charging Cell Phone'

    Social media message claims that a boy died in Mumbai because he took a call while his mobile phone was charging. The message also claims that people should not make or answer calls when a mobile phone's battery is low because the radiation is 1000 times stronger.

    Published: February 3, 2014


    'Image Has Been Sent by Evernote' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be from note taking application Evernote claims that an image has been sent and invites users to click a link to view the image.

    Published: February 2, 2014


    Gravel Drug Warning Message

    Circulating message that features an image depicting an arm with severe lacerations claims that the wounds were caused by a new drug called "gravel".

    Published: January 29, 2014


    Facebook 'Account Verification' Scam

    Message purporting to be from the "Facebook Verification Team" claims that users must verify their profiles by March 15th 2014 to comply with the SOPA and PIPA Act.

    Published: January 28, 2014



    No, the Labour Party is NOT Planning to Introduce a 'Pet Tax'

    Circulating report claims that, if elected in 2015, the Labour Party in Britain is planning on introducing a "pet tax" that would require pet owners to pay a hefty monthly fee for each animal they own.

    Published: January 28, 2014



    Satire - 'Black Mambas to Help Eradicate Cane Toads'

    Circulating report claims that the Government is set to introduce 22,000 black mambas to farms and backyards in the Burdekin region of Queensland, Australia in an effort to control cane toads.

    Published: January 24, 2014


    Overblown and Inaccurate Gonorrhea 'STD Superbug' Reports

    Circulating reports claim that a new antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea could be deadlier than AIDS and could kill in a matter of days.

    Published: January 24, 2014



    'Customer Service Center' Malware Emails

    Email claiming to be from the "Customer Service Center" informs recipients that an order has been received and invites them to click a link to find out more about the order.

    Published: January 24, 2014



    Mint.Com.Uk 'Minimum Credit Card Payment Due' Phishing Scam

    Message, which pretends to be from UK based credit card provider Mint, claims that the recipient's minimum credit card payment is due and advises that the latest bill can be found in an attached file.

    Published: January 23, 2014



    Outrage Over Viral Image Depicting Young Woman Pointing Gun at Baby

    A message featuring a photograph of a young woman pointing a handgun towards a baby she is holding calls for recipients to contact police if they know the woman so that the baby's welfare can be ascertained.

    Published: January 23, 2014



    Hoax - 'All European Newborn Babies Microchipped From May 2014'

    Circulating report claims that from May 2014, all newborn babies born in Europe will be implanted with a subcutaneous RFID chip that will include a GPS that can be linked to a satellite.

    Published: January 23, 2014


    'Look Out for PayPal Scam' Warning Message

    Message that circulates via social media and online forums warns users to watch out for an email from PayPal that says that they have taken £35.50 to pay for a Skype account.

    Published: January 22, 2014



    Royal Caribbean International 'Vacation Package' Like-Farming and Survey Scam

    Facebook messages and associated Page claim that users can win an all-expenses-paid vacation package with Royal Caribbean International just by first liking and sharing and then clicking a link to claim the vacation tickets.

    Published: January 22, 2014



    Spurious Health Tip - Onion on Feet to Take Away Illness

    Circulating health tip claims that placing raw onion on your feet can take away illness by absorbing toxins from the body. The message claims that onion placed on the bottom of your feet can gain direct access to your internal organs via "meridians" in your body.

    Published: January 22, 2014



    The Tale of The Lion, Tiger and Bear Rescued from a Drug Dealer

    Circulating message that features a photograph depicting a lion, a tiger and a bear together claims that the animals were rescued from a drug dealer's property early in their lives and have lived together in an animal sanctuary ever since.

    Published: January 21, 2014



    Apple Account 'Update to New SSL Servers' Phishing Scam

    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the user's online access has been blocked because customers are required to update their information in order to use new ssl servers.

    Published: January 21, 2014



    'Huge Plane Crashes Into Bridge' Survey Scam

    A "breaking news" message that features an image depicting a passenger jet crashed into a traffic bridge includes a link that supposedly opens a video with more on the disaster.

    Published: January 21, 2014



    Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax

    Message claims that, every time a text or social media message is sent on, AT&T, Verizon or Facebook will donate money to help pay for surgery on a 14 year old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather while attempting to protect his young sister.

    Published: January 20, 2014



    Burger King 'Now Hiring Must Be Mexican' Billboard

    Circulating social media post claims that a billboard with the message "Now Hiring Must Be Mexican" was displayed outside a Burger King in Ephrata, Washington. The message features a photograph of the billboard.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    Moon Melon Hoax Image

    Message, which features an image depicting slices of bright blue melon that grows in Japan, claims that the fruit can switch flavours after you eat it so that everything sour will taste sweet and everything salty will taste bitter.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    Bogus Funeral Notification Emails Point to Malware

    Message purporting to be from a funeral home notifies recipients about an upcoming funeral and instructs them to click a link to view an invitation and more details about the ceremony.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    'Giant Snake Eats Zookeeper' Video Survey Scam

    Circulating Facebook message invites users to click a link to watch a "shocking video" of a zookeeper being swallowed by a large snake. The message features a teaser image supposedly depicting the snake about to devour the hapless zookeeper.

    Published: January 17, 2014



    No, Five Meter Tall Human Skeletons were NOT Found in Iran

    Circulating report claims that Russian scientists have found 6 giant human skeletons while excavating a site in western Iran. The report features an image depicting one of the five-meter high skeleton.

    Published: January 16, 2014



    'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

    'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam

    Published: January 14, 2014



    'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam

    Facebook message claims that users can see who has been visiting them on Facebook by installing the 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' extension.

    Published: January 14, 2014



    PG & E Energy Statement Malware Emails

    Emails purporting to be from US energy service provider PG & E notify recipients that their most recent energy statement can be viewed by following a link.

    Published: January 14, 2014



    Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis

    Circulating message, which features an image of a young girl with the lower body of a snake, claims that the Thai youngster suffers from a rare syndrome known as 'Serpentosis Malianorcis'. The message claims that thousands of people gather in front of snake girl Mai Li Fay's Bangkok home every day.

    Published: January 13, 2014



    Tom Crist Lottery Win Advance Fee Scam

    Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winner Tom Crist, claims that the recipient's email address has been selected to receive $1.2 million. The email claims that Tom Crist is giving all of his winnings to "charity, individuals and organisations".

    Published: January 13, 2014



    Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax

    Circulating message claims that a child went missing at Legoland but was later found with a shaved head and new clothes, drugged in a stroller, and ready to be taken out of the theme park by his would-be abductors.

    Published: January 13, 2014



    Fake Picasa 'New Photos' Emails Point to Dodgy Pharmacy Website

    Emails purporting to be from image management system Picasa claims that new photos have been added to the user's album and they can click a button to view the album.

    Published: January 13, 2014



    'Win a Disney Cruise' Survey Scam

    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can win a Disney cruise just by sharing a Disney World video and clicking a link to enter in the draw.

    Published: January 10, 2014



    Bogus Advice - Block Hackers by Adding 'Security' to Facebook Blocking Function

    Circulating message advises Facebook users to type the word "security" into Facebook's "Block Users" function to reveal and block hackers.

    Published: January 10, 2014



    Fake - Giant Squid Image

    Circulating message featuring an image depicting a massive squid on a beach surrounded by onlookers claims that it is the second giant sea creature washed ashore in recent months.

    Published: January 10, 2014



    Commonwealth Bank 'eStatement Ready' Phishing Scam

    Message purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank advises the recipient that an online account statement is ready for viewing.

    Published: January 9, 2014



    'Singer Rihanna Found to be Dead' Facebook Survey Scam

    Facebook message claims that popular singer Rihanna has been found dead. The post includes a link to a video that supposedly offers more information about the death.

    Published: January 8, 2014



    Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'

    Circulating report claims that Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to long-standing Catholic doctrines after concluding the Third Vatican Council. Supposedly, Pope Francis declared that "all religions are true", that "there is no literal hell", and that the "church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice".

    Published: January 8, 2014



    Snow Canyon Roadway Image

    Caption on a circulating image depicting a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon suggests that the picture was taken in Canada.

    Published: January 7, 2014



    Albert (Tapper) Torney and the Can Car Sculptures That He Did NOT Make

    Circulated message that features pictures of intricate model cars made from aluminium cans claims that the models were made by the late Albert (Tapper) Torney of Australia's Broken Hill.

    Published: January 6, 2014



    'Your Atmos Energy Bill is Available' Malware Email

    Email purporting to be from US natural gas distributor Atmos Energy claims that the recipient's latest energy bill can be viewed on line by clicking a link.

    Published: January 6, 2014



    'Beware Hack Scam Rollercoaster Clip' Facebook Warning Message

    The "rollercoaster" threat described is a typical survey scam, not a virus. And while some incarnations of such scams may attempt to trick users into installing rogue apps or malware, it will not "eat all your info" as claimed. This breathless, ALL CAPS message does not adequately warn users about the type of threat it attempts to describe and sharing it may be counterproductive.

    Published: January 5, 2014


    Sainsbury's 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scame

    Email purporting to be from UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, claims that the recipient can receive a credit of £100 just for filling in a customer satisfaction survey contained in an attached file.

    Published:January 5, 2014


    Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'

    Circulating report claims that 18 million blackbirds fell dead on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. The message includes an image depicting a worker picking up the bodies of the dead birds.

    Published: January 3, 2014



    Hoax - 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado'

    Circulating report claims that 37 people in Colorado died of marijuana overdoses on the first day that recreational marijuana use became legal in that state.

    Published: January 3, 2014



    Hoax Report Claims Paul Walker Faked His Own Death

    Circulating rumours suggest that actor Paul Walker faked his own death by staging a fiery car accident with the help of the Fast & Furious crew and production team.

    Published: January 3, 2014



    'Shark Eats Swimming Man' Facebook Survey Scam

    Facebook message invites users to watch "exclusive" footage of a shark eating a swimming man. The message includes an image depicting a man being carried away inside a huge shark's mouth.

    Published: January 2, 2014



    'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails

    Emails purporting to be from the Clerk to the Court claims that recipients must appear in court on a specified date and should open a court notice contained in an attached file for further information.

    Published: January 2, 2014



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