Hoax

Hugh Hefner is NOT dead – hoax spreads across the internet

Dressing-gown wearing octogenarian is not dead, despite internet rumours. In fact, he’s lying in bed with his new Playmate girlfriend.

Do social networkers take enough care when rushing to find breaking news?


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Facebook to start charging this summer? Hoax spreads across social network

Some Facebook users have started posting a message on their walls, and encouraging their friends and family to do the same, claiming that Facebook will start charging this summer.


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BeautifulPeople dupes media with Shrek virus publicity stunt

Shrek virus targets ugly people on dating website?

It sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not April 1st and the world’s media seems to have fallen for it.


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Visit the New Facebook scare spreads on Facebook

Warnings are being posted across Facebook, warning users to beware messages from friends that invite them to “Visit the New Facebook”.

But is it a real threat, or a hoax?


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Jason Allen / Amy Allen virus hoax spreads on Facebook

Messages being shared across Facebook warn users not to add as a Facebook friend people called “Jason Allen” or “Amy Allen”.

But in truth, it’s a new hoax spreading like a chain letter across the social network.


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Visit the New Facebook? Hacker warning spreads like wildfire on social network

Facebook users are posting warnings to one another about a hacker operating on the network, offering the bait of “Visit the new Facebook”.

But is the threat real or a hoax?


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Auckland earthquake email hoax debunked by New Zealand media

Internet users in New Zealand have reportedly received emails, spreading a sick hoax that claims an earthquake is predicted to hit the city of Auckland on Sunday, April 17th.


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Linda Smith / Jason Lee Facebook virus hoax spreads quickly

Messages being shared across Facebook warn users not to add as a Facebook friend people called “Linda Smith” or “Jason Lee” because you will be infected by a virus.

But should you trust the warnings?


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Bobby Roberts hacker chain letter spreads quickly on Facebook

Facebook users are spreading a message to their online friends, warning each other about the danger of accepting a friend request from someone called Bobby Roberts.


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Fukushima radiation hoax SMS message spreads in Philippines

A hoax SMS text message claiming that radiation may hit the Philippines, following explosions that have rocked Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, have caused such a problem that authorities in Manila have issued an official denial.


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Breaking news: Christian Slater is NOT dead

Christian Slater has not died in a snowboarding accident, despite what you might have read on the internet. Check out our (incomplete) list of other people who haven’t died.


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Facebook will NOT end on March 15th. Hoax news story spreads like wildfire

A story is spreading like wildfire across Facebook this weekend, claiming that the world’s most popular social network is going to shut down on March 15th.

But what’s the truth?


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Is Facebook too popular? Chain letter claims social network is deleting accounts

Did you hear that Facebook is deleting accounts of inactive users?

If so, make sure you don’t believe it. A hoax chainletter is being spread by well-intentioned people who don’t know better.


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Christmas Tree app virus hoax spreads on Facebook

A hoax about a Christmas Tree virus is spreading rapidly on the Facebook social network.

Users are innocently sharing the warning, without checking their facts.


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10/10/10 internet virus rumour debunked

Read more in my article at Naked Security.


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Don’t panic! The ragtime jazz virus hasn’t infected¬†Gmail

Read more in my article at Naked Security.


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