Hoaxes tend to mutate as they make their way around the interwebs. And, often, some helpful prankster will combine two or more previous hoaxes into one and relaunch the newly minted variant on an unsuspecting Internet public.
This ploy often gives old hoaxes a whole new lease on life. They again circulate far and wide, passed on by well-meaning Internet users who may have missed or forgotten about the original versions.
Here the old Christopher and Jessica Davies hacker hoax has been blended with a later hoax that warns users not to accept a virus called ‘The Dance of The Pope’.
The Davies hacker hoax, which has been circulating since at least 2009, makes the false claim that just accepting a friend request from Christopher or Jessica will allow them to take control of your computer. This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, this hoax is just one in a long series of similar and equally spurious “hacker” warnings that have plagued Facebook for a number of years.
And, the claims in the “Dance of the Pope” warning are also untrue. According to the warning, you should not accept a video called ‘The Dance of The Pope’. Supposedly, the video is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone. However, there is no virus or malware threat like the one described. The Dance of The Pope hoax has been circulating since 2015.
Of course, the combined version has no more credibility or worth than the two silly hoaxes it is derived from. If this message comes your way, do not help its spread by sharing. And, let the person who posted it know that the claims in the message are false.
DO NOT ACCEPT A FRIEND REQUEST FROM A CHRISTOPHER DAVIES AND JESSICA DAVIES THEY ARE HACKERS. TELL EVERY 1 ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM, HE’LL BE ON YOUR LIST TOO. HE’LL FIGURE OUT UR COMPUTER’S ID AND ADDRESS , SO COPY & PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF U DON’T CARE. Please also Tell all contacts from your list not to accept a video called the “Dance of the Pope”. It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on the radio. Fwd this msg to as many as you can!
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!