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


  • 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


  • 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: Image of Police Officer Macing a Child

Circulating message that contains a photograph of a police officer spraying mace at a young girl asks recipients to repost the information in the hope that the officer can be identified and dealt with.

2: 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.

3: DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax

Circulating message warns consumers not to drink any bottled water called "DEW" because it contains a poisonous chemical that has already killed 180 people in Nigeria.

4: 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.

5: 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.

6: 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.

7: 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.

8: How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone Hoax

Message claims heart doctors recommend that recipients learn "Cough CPR", a procedure that involves vigorous coughing as a potential means of surviving a heart attack when alone.

9: 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.

10: Bogus Warning - 'Violin Spider Inside Kettle Kills Family Of 6'

Circulating message claims that a family of six died after making tea from a kettle of water that contained a violin spider. The message warns that dangerous violin spiders are invading South African homes due to good rain and hot climate.

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

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

Published: August 5, 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

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

SURVEY SCAM - 'Actual Footage Missile MH-17'
Facebook message claims that users can see actual footage of the missile fired at downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 by pro-Russian militants.

Published: July 22, 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

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


Meet Team Hoax-Slayer

Brett Christensen

Research, writing, web-development, social networking, and business management: Brett founded Hoax-Slayer in 2003. He researches and writes almost all of the articles published on Hoax-Slayer and manages the day-to-day-running of the site.

Brett Christensen

Matthew Christensen

Coding, web-development, site maintenance: Matthew converts Brett's articles to web format and publishes them on the site. He also prepares and sends the site newsletter and performs many other day-to-day maintenance tasks. Matthew is attending university with the goal of attaining a multi-media degree.

Matthew Christensen

Cameron Christensen

Coding, web-development, site maintenance: Cameron looks after the mobile version of the Hoax-Slayer website and contributes to web development and general site maintenance. He is studying web development online.

Cameron Christensen

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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.

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