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  • 'Attempts to Export Opengraph File' Facebook Phishing Scam
    According to this supposed security warning, which purports to be from Facebook, you have made several attempts to export your opengraph file using an unauthorised application. The message claims that these attempts were made from a location in China.

    Published: May 25, 2015



  • Fake-News: 'FDA Approves Tranquilizing Darts for Children'
    Circulating 'news' report claims that America's FDA has approved the release of anaesthetic dart guns designed to calm children with ADHD.

    Published: May 21, 2015

  • American Express 'Request to Change Phone Number' Phishing Email
    According to this email, which purports to be from American Express, the company has recently received a request to change the phone number listed on your account.

    Published: May 21, 2015

  • 'Know Who Viewed Your Profile' Facebook Scam
    For years, Facebook users have been plagued by scam messages claiming that they can find out who has been viewing their profiles.

    Updated: March 10, 2015

  • Fake-News Report Claims Skittles Laced With Cocaine
    According to a report that is currently making its way around the Internet, the FDA has discovered that the popular confectionary Skittles is laced with cocaine.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Bill Gates High School Speech - 11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School
    Email claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

    Updated: May 20, 2015

  • 'You Have Received a 4 Page Fax' Malware Email
    This email, which claims to have been sent by cloud-based fax service eFax Corporate, advises you that you have received a 4-page fax.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Is Sour Sop a Cancer Killer 10,000 times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?
    Widely circulated message claims that sour sop, the fruit from the graviola tree, is a miraculous natural cancer killer that is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

    Updated: May 20, 2015

  • Jackie Chan Falls Victim to yet Another Death Hoax
    According to posts currently spreading rapidly via social media, much loved actor Jackie Chan has died. But, Jackie is alive and well.

    Published: May 20, 2015

  • Shark Behind Scuba Divers Photo Hoax
    Email claims that an attached image showing a large shark very close behind a scuba-diving couple is a real photograph taken during a family holiday in Australia

    Updated: May 19, 2015

  • PayPal 'Payment Made Without Permission' Phishing Email
    This email claims that PayPal is investigating a payment reversal. Supposedly, a payment you received was made without the account holder's permission or was the result of a transaction error.

    Published: May 19, 2015

  • Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error or because nobody was home. The messages instruct recipients to open an attached file or click a link to read more information about the package.

    Updated: May 19, 2015

  • Current Top Five Fake-News Stories
    These days, fake-news 'satire' websites such as National Report, Huzlers and World News Daily Report are responsible for a hefty percentage of the nonsense that plagues our social media feeds and inboxes. Here we list five of the most commonly distributed fake-news stories of the moment.

    Published: May 19, 2015

  • FTC 'Consumer Complaint Notification' Malware Email
    This email claims to be an official complaint notification from America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

    Published: May 19, 2015

  • Cranky Old Man Poem
    Message circulating via social media and email claims that a touching poem about growing old called "Cranky Old Man" was found in the possessions of an old man who died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town.

    Updated: May 18, 2015

  • 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax
    An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

    Updated: April 7, 2015

  • NatWest 'Account Has Been Blocked' Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which claims to be from UK bank NatWest, access to your NatWest account has been blocked because of unusual login activity.

    Published: May 18, 2015

  • '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.

    Updated: May 18, 2015

  • FAKE-NEWS: 'Mosque to Have Speakers That Can be Heard 15 Miles Away'
    Report circulating via social media claims that a new mosque to be built in Birmingham UK will have a speaker system that can be heard 15 miles away, and will broadcast calls to prayer 5 times per day.

    Published: May 18, 2015

  • Facebook Page Hacker Warning Message - 'Visit The New Facebook' Links
    Message warns users that have a Page on Facebook to watch out for links with the words 'Visit The New Facebook' because following such links will allow a hacker to steal their information.

    Updated: May 18, 2015

  • Facebook Money For Likes Hoax - Baby With Many Cuts on Face
    Facebook message featuring a picture of a baby with many cuts on his face claims that the baby has cancer and that Facebook will donate money to help him each time a user likes, shares, or comments on the picture.

    Updated: May 16, 2015

  • Collapse Of 13 Story Building in China
    Message claims that a series of attached images show a 13 story apartment building that toppled over in China due to major construction errors.

    Updated: May 15, 2015

  • WhatsApp 'You Just Got an Audio Recording' Malware
    According to this email, which purports to be from messaging service WhatsApp, you have received an audio recording.

    Published: May 15, 2015

  • USPS Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) claims that a parcel could not be delivered due to an address error and instructs recipients to click a link to print out a shipping label.

    Updated: May 15, 2015

  • Can Birds Die From Eating Discarded Gum?
    Circulating message claims that birds can die after eating gum thrown on the ground because it fouls their systems and prevents them from eating or drinking. The message includes a photograph depicting a small dead bird with another bird looking on.

    Updated: May 14, 2015

  • 'Cloud Monster' Image
    A rather eerie image that supposedly depicts a strange 'cloud monster ' hovering above hills beside a highway is currently circulating the Internet.

    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Fiserve 'Secure Message' Malware Email
    This email, which purports to be from financial services provider Fiserve, claims that you have received a secure message.

    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Viral Image Depicts Woman Holding Gun to A Baby's Head
    A widely circulated Internet message asks users to share an image depicting a young woman holding a gun to a baby's head in the hope that the woman can be identified.

    Updated: May 14, 2015

  • Cheeseburger Oreos Anyone?
    An image currently circulating via social media has some hard-core Oreos fan salivating with excitement while others shudder with revulsion (not really).

    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake
    Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • Disney Still A Favourite Target for Facebook Scammers
    Perhaps because it is such a high-profile entity and is known all around the world, Disney tends to be a favourite target for Facebook scammers.

    Published: May 13, 2015

  • Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • 'Never Eat Snickers' Facebook Survey Scam
    According to a post being distributed on Facebook, you will never eat Snickers chocolate bars again after clicking a link to see 'leaked video footage'.

    Published: May 13, 2015

  • In My Opinion, Most Scam Victims are Naive, Not Stupid
    When I publish an article about a phishing, advance fee, or job scam, I often receive comments along the lines of 'If anyone is stupid enough to fall for that, they deserve to be ripped off!' Personally, I think that attitude is too harsh and is certainly not an accurate reflection of the average victim's intellect.

    Updated: May 13, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: July 18, 2014

  • Fake-News: 'Walmart Shoplifter Arrested With Groceries in Vagina'
    Circulating report claims that a woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart store in Pennsylvania after police discovered she had hidden $100 worth of groceries in her vagina.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • HOAX - 'Share Image to Remove Pin from Baby'
    According to this post you can help pay for an operation to remove a safety pin from inside a baby by sharing the baby's image via messaging service WhatsApp.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • 'Verify Bank Transfer' Malware Email
    According to this email, the sender received a bank transfer from you and needs you to verify that the money was deposited correctly.

    Published: May 12, 2015

  • Canada Revenue Agency Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Emails, purportedly from the Canada Revenue Agency, claim that recipients can claim a tax refund by filling in an online form.

    Updated: May 12, 2015

  • Tick Removal Advice - Liquid Soap Technique
    Message advises that the best way to remove a tick is to cover it with liquid soap and wait for it to detach itself.

    Updated: May 11, 2015

  • No, NASA did NOT Intercept An Intergalactic Distress Call in 1998
    Circulating report claims that NASA detected a distress call from another galaxy back in 1998 but has only recently been able to decipher the message.

    Updated: May 11, 2015

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Refer to Documents via Dropbox App'
    This email requests that you click a link to refer to 'urgent and highly confidential' documents using the Dropbox app.

    Published: May 11, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 13, 2015

  • Beware of Fake Facebook 'Prize' Pages That Claim to Belong to High-Profile Entertainers
    A scammer tactic that has become more common over the last year or so is to create fake Facebook Fan Pages that claim to be associated with various popular entertainers.

    Published: May 7, 2015

  • Does Drinking Water at Certain Times Of The Day Maximize Its Health Benefits?
    Message purporting to be from a cardiac specialist claims that drinking water at specified times of the day can help activate organs, aid digestion, lower blood pressure and stop people from suffering strokes or heart attacks.

    Updated: May 7, 2015

  • 4 Ways to Avoid Having Your Identity Stolen on Facebook
    The possibility of having your identity stolen on the Internet is an ever present threat, and one with potentially devastating consequences.

    Published: May 7, 2015

  • Facebook 'Shocking Video' Scam - 'See What Happens to this Pregnant Lady'
    According to a post currently appearing on Facebook, you can click to see what happens to a pregnant lady at the beach, a viewing that it promises will make your jaw drop.

    Published: May 6, 2015

  • Bogus Resume Emails Contain Ransomware
    These seemingly innocent emails, which appear to include an attached resume from a jobseeker, actually harbour a sinister payload.

    Published: May 6, 2015

  • Facebook Hoax - 'Send Message to Twenty People to Stay Active'
    According to this message, which purports to be from 'the Facebook Company', you must send the same message on to twenty people to 'stay active'. The message warns that your account will be disconnected if you do not send the message as instructed.

    Updated: May 6, 2015

  • Hoax - ATM Security Advice Message : 'Enter PIN In Reverse to Call Police'
    Message claims that if you are forced by robbers to withdraw money from an ATM, you can secretly alert police by entering your PIN in reverse.

    Updated: May 6, 2015

  • Warning - Grapes and Raisins Toxic to Dogs And Cats
    Circulating message warns that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats.

    Updated: May 5, 2015

  • HM Courts 'Copy of Claim Passed for Consideration' Malware Emails
    Fraudulent emails purporting to be from the UK's HM Courts & Tribunals Service are currently hitting inboxes.

    Published: May 5, 2015

  • Apple KYC Validation Phishing Scam
    According to this email, which purports to be from 'Apple Genius Assistance', you must review your Apple ID information within two days. Supposedly, Apple is required by law under 'KYC legislation' to perform an account verification.

    Published: May 4, 2015

  • No, Taco Bell Has Not Been Serving Human Body Parts
    According to what appears to be a news post that is being distributed via social media, US fast-food chain Taco Bell is being shut down because test results have revealed that the company has been serving human meat to customers.

    Published:May 4, 2015

  • SURVEY SCAM - '$200 Home Depot Coupon Giveaway'
    According to a message currently being distributed on Facebook, US based retailer The Home Depot is giving away coupons worth $200 each.

    Published: May 4, 2015

  • Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph
    Message featuring a photograph of horses sheltering under a giant table and chairs claims that the horse owner built the massive furniture after he was denied council permission to build a more traditional horse shelter.

    Updated: May 4, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: May 3, 2015

  • Six Phone Scams You Really Need to Know About
    Phone based scamming is on the rise. Phone scammers use many cover stories to trick people into sending them money and personal information. Here we discuss six methods that phone scammers are currently using.

    Updated: May 3, 2015

  • The Faded Gingham Dress - Stanford University Origin Legend
    Message tells the story of a seemingly backwoods couple in threadbare clothes who, after being rudely rebuffed by the President of Harvard University when they offered to donate a building in honour of their dead son, subsequently established Stanford University at Palo Alto, California.

    Updated: May 1, 2015

  • The Case Against 'Just in Case'
    If you tend to be the hoax and scam debunker among your social media friends, chances are you've come across the rather lame 'just in case' justification more than once.

    Published: May 1, 2015

  • Urban Legend - NASA Scientists Discover Biblical 'Missing Day'
    Long circulated message claims that detailed calculations performed by scientists at NASA identified a missing day in time, thus proving as fact the Biblical stories that God at one time made the sun stand still and on another occasion made the sun go backwards by ten degrees.

    Updated: April 30, 2015

  • Fake-News: 'Remains of Nazi Found in Giant Catfish'
    According to a 'news' story that has been traversing the interwebs since early April 2015, Polish fisherman have found the remains of a Nazi officer inside a massive catfish caught in the Oder River.

    Published: April 30, 2015

  • American Express 'Security Concern' Phishing Scam Email
    According to this email, which purports to be a notification from American Express, the company needs to speak to you regarding an account security concern.

    Published: April 30, 2015

  • 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.

    Updated: April 29, 2015

  • Facebook Cloning Explained
    Facebook cloning describes a technique in which scammers create a fake Facebook profile by using images and other information stolen from a targeted user's real Facebook profile.

    Published: April 29, 2015

  • Maria at Dell Hospital Money for Forwarding Hoax
    Message claims that Dell Hospital will donate 15 cents to help pay medical expenses for five year old Maria who is in hospital after being brutally raped by a man who has AIDS.

    Updated: April 29, 2015

  • Beware of Scams That Exploit the Nepal Earthquake Disaster
    Cybercriminals love major disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and air crashes. Such disasters give them the perfect opportunity to exploit the concern and sympathy of Internet users around the world. The earthquake disaster in Nepal will likely be no exception.

    Published: April 29, 2015

  • AFP 'Traffic Infringement Notice' Ransomware Email
    According to this malware email, which purports to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), you have been issued with a traffic infringement and must pay a fine within 14 days.

    Published: April 29, 2015

  • Lauren and the *677 Police Dispatch Cell Phone Number
    Circulating message describes how a young woman named Lauren avoided being raped by a police impostor in an unmarked car by dialling *677 on her cell phone.

    Updated: April 27, 2015



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