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Tech Support Phone Scams Continue to Gain New Victims

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Tech support phone scams have now been targeting Internet users around the world for a number of years. Despite widespread publicity about these scams, they continue to gain new victims every day.
Categories: Featured, Phone Scams, Scams
Tags: Phone Scams, Tech Support Scams

‘Bananas Injected With HIV’ Hoax Warning

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Circulating warning messages claim that people are injecting HIV-infected blood into bananas so you should not eat bananas that contain a red colour inside. One recent version claims that the supposed contamination is the work of Satanists.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Aids, Banana HIV, Fruit AIDS, HIV, HIV Hoax

No, Lowe’s Is NOT Giving Away $100 Gift Cards On Facebook For Mother’s Day

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"HappyMother's Day" Facebook post claims that you can click to get a $100 gift card from home improvement store Lowe's.
Categories: Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Facebook

Eddie Murphy Has NOT been Killed in a Car Crash

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A circulating social media post is claiming that actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has been killed in a car crash.
Categories: Fake-News
Tags: Fake-news, Hoax

Jury Duty Phone Scams Continue With New Twist

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Jury duty phone scammers are now using the names of real police officers to make their claims more believable.
Categories: Phone Scams, Scams
Tags: Phone Scam

Nicotine in Tim Hortons Coffee Hoax

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Message claims that Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Hortons, adds nicotine to its coffee and that patrons have suffered serious health problems as a result.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Hoax

Dear Guest Post Spammers — Some Advice From an Irritated Recipient

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Dear Guest Post Spammers, thank you so much for your constant offers to "collaborate" with Hoax-Slayer and write "amazing" articles for me to publish.
Categories: Tech HS
Tags: Spam

No, Amazon is NOT Giving Everyone a Free $100 Coupon

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According to a post that is currently being shared on Facebook, Internet giant Amazon is giving away a free $100 coupon to EVERYONE as a means of celebrating its anniversary.
Categories: Facebook Scams, Scams
Tags: Facebook, Survey Scam

US Customs and Border Protection ‘Trunks Of Cash’ Scam Email

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Has U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently intercepted two trunks of cash at John F Kennedy International Airport that they suspect belong to you?
Categories: Advance Fee Scams, Scams
Tags: Advance Fee Scam

Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax – ‘Facebook Overpopulated’

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Messages claim that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.
Categories: Hoaxes
Tags: Facebook, Hoax

FAKE-NEWS: ‘Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales’

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Circulating report claims that 16 members of a Japanese whaling crew have been killed and eaten by a school of killer whales.
Categories: Fake-News
Tags: Fake-news, Hoax

Fake Delta Air Lines Ticket Order Emails Point to Malware

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A malicious email that is designed to emulate a flight ticket receipt from Delta Air Lines is currently hitting inboxes. The email links to malware.
Categories: Malware
Tags: Malware

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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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