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Chili-Finger Lady: Wendy’s Scammer Is Going Back to Jail
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An infamous fraudster is going back to jail for once again attempting to deceive law enforcement. Anna Ayala, better known as the “chili-finger lady,” is about to spend another two years in prison after lying to police to protect her …

No, Your Facebook Like Won’t Pay for ‘Mermaid Girl’ Surgery
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A new hoax making the rounds on Facebook claims that users must like, comment, and share in order to fund surgery for a little girl born with mermaid syndrome. Although this one is different from many we’ve seen recently because …

No, Instagram Isn’t Deleting Accounts. It Was Just a Technical Issue No, Instagram Isn’t Deleting Accounts. It Was Just a Technical Issue
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No, Instagram isn’t going to delete your account. Keep filtering and carry on. Thursday night, Instagram has some technical issues that caused some people to be locked out of their accounts. Rumors swirled that Instagram was deleting accounts – possibly …

Tiny ‘Alien’ Skeleton Debunked by DNA Evidence
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A tiny humanoid skeleton found in Chile’s Atacama Desert has been hailed by UFO conspiracists for years as proof of extraterrestrial life. Now, actual science has proven that the skeleton, as with all currently known life, originated on Earth. According …

Joel Osteen: Hoax Hasn’t Upset Him, “Nothing Has Changed”

Earlier this week, a late April Fool’s hoax made its debut, alleging that popular U.S. pastor Joel Osteen had renounced Christianity. Osteen is the pastor of a mega-church in Houston, Texas, and has a worldwide broadcast ministry that has made …

Mike Tyson Hoax: Roblé Can’t Believe It Made Page Six

Chef Roblé from Bravo’s Chef Roblé & Co. posted a series of Mike Tyson-related images on Instagram, which have drawn some attention, including from Iron Mike himself. The series, which included some fake text messages from Tyson to Roblé, went …

No, You’re Not Saving Starving Children by Sharing That Facebook Photo No, You’re Not Saving Starving Children by Sharing That Facebook Photo
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Facebook is not, nor will they ever be in the business of donating money to causes based on sharing content on the site. This is a fact, not a theory. But some people still fail to understand this. Even people …

Rihanna Sex Tape Scam Travels Around Facebook Rihanna Sex Tape Scam Travels Around Facebook
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If you’re strolling through your Facebook news feed, bored by all of your friends’ lame breakfast statuses and baby pics, and you happen to see something about a Rihanna sex tape – keep on strolling. Sophos Naked Security blog tips …

Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare

A new Facebook hoax that’s circulating around the network suggests that users need to upgrade to a “Gold” level membership status in order to avoid having their private info leaked for all to see. Hoax-Slayer first spotted the hoax. Here’s …

No, Bill Gates Won’t Give You $5,000 to Share a Photo (Facebook Hoax) No, Bill Gates Won’t Give You $5,000 to Share a Photo (Facebook Hoax)
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There’s a new viral share hoax going around Facebook involving a photo of Bill Gates. “Hey Facebook, As some of you may know, I’m Bill Gates. If you click that share link, I will give you $5,000. I always deliver, …

Dumb Facebook Hoax Suggests Site Downtime, Could Be Dumbest Hoax Ever Dumb Facebook Hoax Suggests Site Downtime, Could Be Dumbest Hoax Ever
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With Facebook comes stupid Facebook hoaxes – it’s inevitable. There are over 1 billion monthly active users on the social network, and a sample size that large is bound to include plenty of twits. No, you’re not going to win …

Facebook Hoax Alert: You’re Not Helping an Injured 14-Year-Old Boy by Sharing a Status Facebook Hoax Alert: You’re Not Helping an Injured 14-Year-Old Boy by Sharing a Status
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It’s disconcerting that it bears repeating, but here goes: Facebook is never going to donate to some cause based on how many times you share a status. End of story. But that simple fact still floats over the heads of …

Facebook Powerball Hoax Guy Says It Was Just a Social Experiment, No Harm No Foul Facebook Powerball Hoax Guy Says It Was Just a Social Experiment, No Harm No Foul
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The guy that shopped a Powerball ticket earlier this month and duped millions of people into thinking he would split his winnings is finally speaking about the hoax. Nolan Daniels, a software developer, says that he never shared or liked …

Yacht Explosion: Coast Guard Claims It Was All a Hoax

Yacht Explosion: According to the Coast Guard, the whole story was nothing more than a very expensive hoax. Last night, an emergency call came across the line that claimed a boat had exploded off the New Jersey coast, forcing all …

Soulja Boy Killed By Twitter Hoax Soulja Boy Killed By Twitter Hoax

Soulja Boy is not dead. You can rest easy, Twitterverse. That doesn’t make the hoax any less funny though. Somewhere, somehow, on the Internet today, #RIPSouljaBoy began trending. People were obviously concerned for the rapper’s well being. Well, some people …

Facebook Hoax: Scaring Women About Rapists Facebook Hoax: Scaring Women About Rapists

Some Facebook hoaxes are spun up by people trying to get money, web traffic, etc. from users. Those we understand. They fall more under the heading of “scams”. But, there are some that purport to be kind-hearted warnings or warm-hearted …

Cher, Jackie Chan, Justin Bieber, And Jim Carrey: All Not Dead! Cher, Jackie Chan, Justin Bieber, And Jim Carrey: All Not Dead!
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Just in case anyone is truly concerned that Cher was, “found dead in Malibu home”, she was not. Apparently she is just one in a long list of victims who have fallen prey to a fake deaths on Twitter. This …

Gary Glitter Is Not On Twitter Gary Glitter Is Not On Twitter
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Gary Glitter is not back and probably won’t be any time soon. Last week, eyebrows were raised at the return of infamous glam rocker Gary Glitter. He used the twitter handle #OfficialGlitter to announce a comeback tour and autobiography. It …

Exclusive: Facebook “Bug” or “Hoax” – The Mystery Explained Exclusive: Facebook “Bug” or “Hoax” – The Mystery Explained

Last week, I wrote about a message on Facebook that was being shared around heavily. In my write-up, I walked through this character string, eliminated the extraneous characters, and posited a theory about what it might be. In short, this …

Facebook Hoax Makes Its Rounds Facebook Hoax Makes Its Rounds
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An interesting little hoax is making the rounds on Facebook this morning. According to the viral message, every phone (some versions say SIM card) has a unique name. And, if you enter a particular phrase in a Facebook comment, you …

Gay Girl in Damascus a Hoax, Actually A Straight Guy in Scotland Gay Girl in Damascus a Hoax, Actually A Straight Guy in Scotland

Well, I guess this is one way to cure your writer’s block. It turns out that the person behind the “Gay Girl in Damascus” blog is actually an aspiring fiction writer from Georgia. And by Georgia I mean the state. …