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Site Info

Hoax-Slayer:

  • Debunks email and social media hoaxes
  • Thwarts Internet scammers
  • Combats spam
  • Educates web users about email, social media, and Internet security issues

Hoax-Slayer:

  • Provides a resource where Internet users can check the veracity of email and social media messages
  • Counteracts criminal activity by publishing information about Internet scams

Hoax-Slayer:

  • Shares anti-spam tips
  • Publishes computer and email security information
  • Features articles about true email forwards and social media posts

Hoax-Slayer - What We Do
We write about topics that are trending online or have been submitted by readers via email and social media.

We thoroughly research all articles published on Hoax-Slayer prior to publication. Our findings are based on information available via a variety of credible sources including other reputable websites, news articles, press releases, government or company publications and consumer alerts.

If required, we also contact companies, government departments, or other relevant entities directly to enquire about the veracity of particular messages.

Our articles include in-text hyperlinks and a separate reference list that allow you to check the information for yourself.

Researching Information

  1. Watch Out For ‘Luxury RV’ Giveaway Scams On Facebook
    Various Facebook Pages claim that you can win a luxury RV or motor home just by liking, sharing, and commenting.

  2. Sir David Attenborough Is NOT Dead
    ‘Breaking news’ report circulating via social media claims that much loved naturalist and documentary film-maker Sir David Attenborough has died.

  3. HOAX - 'Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens'
    Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.

  4. Killer ‘Crunches’ Biscuits Warning Is A Hoax
    Circulating social media message warns you not to buy or eat any biscuits called ‘crunches’ because they contain a poisonous chemical that has already killed 45 people in South Africa.

  5. Do Water Filled Zip-Lock Bags with Added Pennies Keep Flies Away?
    Long circulated tip claims that hanging a plastic bag half filled with water and containing four pennies will repel flies.

  6. Perfume Urban Legend - 'Car Park Criminals Using Ether Disguised as Perfume'd
    Circulating messages claim that criminals lurking in parking areas are using drugs disguised as perfume to debilitate and rob victims.

  7. WhatsApp ‘Ultra-Light Wifi Feature’ Scam Messages
    Messages claim that WhatsApp has launched a new ‘Ultra-Light Wifi’ feature and urge you to click a link to activate the feature.

  8. ‘Bananas Injected With HIV’ Hoax Warning
    Circulating warning messages claim that people are injecting HIV infected blood into bananas so you should not eat bananas that contain a red colour inside.

  9. ‘Missed Message From Apple’ Survey Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from an entity called ‘Apple Rewards’ claims that you have 1 missed message from Apple and should click a link to access the message.

  10. 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.


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About Brett

Hoax-Slayer is owned and operated by Brett Christensen from his home office in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. Bundaberg is a small city a few hours drive north of Brisbane and is famous for its rum, ginger beer and sugar cane.

Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes most of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.

Brett Christensen




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Join the Fight

We can all be hoax-slayers! United, we can take back the Internet from the criminals, the spammers, and the pranksters. Here's how you can help:

Submit examples:

Submissions are an invaluable aid to Hoax-Slayer. Your submissions help us work out what hoaxes and scams are circulating at a given time. Submissions are one of the most important ways that we learn about new hoaxes and scams and chart how older versions are evolving over time.

Get Involved:

A great way to stay up-to-date with the latest hoaxes and scams is to get our newsletter or join us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Increase your scam literacy:

Perhaps you already have a good idea of how online scammers operate. If so, that's great! But, if you feel there might be some gaps in your knowledge, check out the resources in our Internet Scams page. Reviewing these articles should give you a great overview of the main types of online fraud and allow you to more easily recognize any scams that come your way.

Hone Your Nonsense Radar:

After you've encountered hoaxes of various types, they get easier to detect. Armed with a bit of foreknowledge, you'll find you can 'smell' a hoax as soon as it hits your inbox or social network. Our Internet Hoaxes page provides many different hoax examples divided into hoax catagories.

Help Your Friends:

After you've been hoax-slaying for a while, you might find that you are able to help your friends stay safe online by informing them that something they have posted is a scam or a hoax. In fact, you may find that your friends start asking you to check messages they have received. That is exactly how Hoax-Slayer got started.

Happy hoax-slaying!

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