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Latest Email and Social Media Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer

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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. Fake-News Report Claims NASA has Predicted 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015
    According to a 'news' report currently circulating via social media, NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015.

  2. Hoax-Slayer's Current Top Five Dumbest Hoaxes
    A Few of The Most Ridiculous Internet Hoaxes Currently Circulating

  3. UWheels Giveaway Facebook Scam
    According to a post being shared on Facebook, you can get a free UWheels scooter just by liking and sharing the post and liking the Facebook Page that the post comes from. Supposedly, 125 UWheels are being given away because they are unsealed.

  4. Completely Pointless and Misleading 'Facebook Privacy Notice'
    Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a 'Privacy Statement' as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network. The latest 'better safe than sorry' version mentions Channel 13 News as a source.

  5. 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. A new version claims that water contains Ebola.

  6. 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.

  7. HOAX - 'Facebook To Start Charging to Keep Your Posts Private'
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that from tomorrow all of the information that users have published on Facebook will be made public unless they pay a fee of £5.99 or repost the same message.

  8. Martin Lawrence is NOT Dead
    Posts claiming that US comedian and actor Martin Lawrence has died are circulating vigorously via social media.

  9. Image Showing a Kayak in the Mouth of a Whale
    Email claims that an attached image depicts a kayak caught in the open mouth of a whale as it surfaces to feed.

  10. False Claim - Colour of Squares on Tubes Denotes Chemical Content
    Circulating message claims that consumers can tell the chemical makeup of tube contents just by checking the colour of a small square at the bottom of the packaging.


Meet Team Hoax-Slayer

Brett and Deborah Christensen

Research, writing, web-development, social networking, and business management

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.

Deborah began working with Brett on Hoax-Slayer in late 2014. She conducts research and development for the site and helps to manage Hoax-Slayer's social media feeds.

Brett and Deborah 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.

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.

Facebook Admin Team

Our three admins Steve (UK), David (US) and Shevaun (Australia) help keep our busy Facebook Page operating smoothly. Steve, David, and Shevaun give their time freely to help the Internet community and their contributions are greatly appreciated.



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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.

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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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