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FBI Warns Of Virtual Kidnapping Scams

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The FBI and New York City Police have published a press release warning members of the public about an increase in virtual kidnapping scams.
Categories: Archive

BT Unpaid Bill Phone Scam Warning

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Scammers posing as BT staff are tricking people into revealing their bank or credit card details by claiming that their phone service will be disconnected.
Categories: Archive
Tags: Phone Scam, Scam

Jury Duty Phone Scam Warning

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Message warns that scammers are committing identity theft by phoning victims and threatening them with prosecution for failing to report for jury duty.
Categories: Archive
Tags: Phone Scam, Scam

DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax

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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.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Contamination, Hoax

‘Facebook Global Promotion 2017’ Advance Fee Scam

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Lucky me! Apparently, my email address has been randomly selected as the winner of the  Facebook Global Promotion for 2017.
Categories: Advance Fee Scams, Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Advance Fee Scam, Facebook

Hoax Chain Letter — The Vengeful Ghost of Carmen Winstead

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Circulating message tells the story of teenager Carmen Winstead who supposedly died after being pushed into a sewer by school bullies.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Ghost, Hoax

HOAX — ‘Popcorn Carnival’ WhatsApp Hack Warning

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According to a message that is circulating via WhatsApp and social media, you should not open a video called  "Popcorn Carnival".
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Hacker, Hoax

Hoax – Nagasaki Arch Survives Both Atomic Bomb and Tsunami

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Message claims that attached photographs depict an "arch" in Nagasaki that survived both the atomic bomb blast of 1945 and the tsunami of 2011.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Hoax

‘Facebook Online Award Promo’ Advance Fee Scam

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Email claims that you have won $5 million in the Facebook Online Award Promo because your email address was randomly selected via a computer system.
Categories: Advance Fee Scams, Scams
Tags: Advance Fee Scam, Facebook, Lottery

Netflix ‘Complete a Brief Validation Process’ Phishing Scam

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Fraudulent email purporting to be from Netflix claims that the company failed to validate your information it holds on record for your account.
Categories: Phishing Scams, Scams
Tags: Netflix, Phishing, Scam

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Nibbles and Bytes

While Hoax-Slayer is tightly focused on hoaxes, scams, and computer security issues, my sister website Nibbles and Bytes covers a considerably wider range of topics and, over the years, has evolved into a rather eclectic publication.

Originally, it was tightly tech focused. But, more lately, I’ve broadened the scope of the site to incorporate a lot more than just tech tips and reviews. I now include photography focused topics as well as general life tips, book reviews, stuff about writing and blogging, and a few personal insights.

I used to cover all of these topics and more across several separate blogs. But, alas, these blogs often tended to get neglected and would languish, sad, alone, and postless, for lengthy periods. So, I decided to condense and consolidate everything under the one blog. And Nibbles and Bytes is it!

You can access the Nibbles and Bytes home page here.

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