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Charles Manson Has Now Died But He Did NOT Kill Any Nurses

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Charles Manson has indeed died. However, the report discussed below is fake-news that began circulating long before Manson's death. Manson did not kill any nurses as claimed in the fake report..
Categories: Fake-News
Tags: Charles Manson, Fake-news

The Tale of Pastor Jeremiah Steepek and the Homeless Man

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Circulating message tells the tale of a newly appointed pastor who posed as a homeless man before meeting his congregation for the first time.
Categories: Special Features
Tags: Unsubstantiated

PHISHING SCAM – Amazon ‘Integrity Check’ Email

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Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company performs regular integrity checks on user accounts and the recipient must click a one-time validation link to avoid account suspension.
Categories: Phishing Scams, Scams
Tags: Amazon, Phishing, Scam

Mercedes Benz Giveaway Like-Farming Scam

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Supposedly, Facebook users can get the chance to win a Mercedes Benz for Christmas 2017 just by liking a post, sharing the promotion, and adding a comment specifying what colour car they would like if they win.  
Categories: Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Facebook, Like-farming, Mercedes, Scam

Email and Social Media Etiquette Tip — DON’T SHOUT!

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Sorry to be blunt, but, if you USE ALL CAPS in your email or social media posts, you will immediately make yourself seem inexperienced or ignorant. 
Categories: Tech HS
Tags: Email, Social Media

Email Etiquette Tip – Use a Meaningful Subject Line

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You can make life just that little bit easier for the recipients of your email by ensuring that you use a meaningful subject line.
Categories: Tech HS
Tags: Email

Check Links in HTML Emails [VIDEO]

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Criminals often try to make their scam emails seem more legitimate by disguising links. In this video, we show a quick to way to check links in such emails.
Categories: Tech HS
Tags: Email, HTML

Take Care With Email Signatures

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Configuring your email software to automatically add an email signature to outgoing messages can save time and help to promote yourself online.
Categories: Tech HS
Tags: Email

Desperate Advance Fee Scam Victims Can Be Vulnerable to Follow-Up Scam Attempts

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Some people who have lost money via advance fee scams can become increasingly desperate.
Categories: Special Features
Tags: Scasm, Victims

No, NASA did NOT Intercept An Intergalactic Distress Call in 1998

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Circulating report claims that NASA detected a distress call from another galaxy back in 1998 but has only recently been able to decipher the message.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Hoax, NASA

House Giveaway Facebook Scams Continue

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Facebook scammers are claiming - falsely of course - that Facebook users can win luxury homes just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
Categories: Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Facebook, Like-farming, 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!

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