According to a report that is currently circulating via social media, a baby has been found alive on the 16th floor of Grenfell Tower, 12 days after the building was destroyed in a devastating fire that claimed 79 lives.
The story claims that, after hearing crying on the 16 floor of the burnt out building, fire investigators discovered the baby who was subsequently rushed to a hospital.
However, the claims in the report are callous and nasty lies designed to drive traffic to a trashy click-bait website. The claim that a baby has been found alive at the Grenfell Tower fire scene is untrue. There are no credible news reports that support the story in any way. Nor have authorities tweeted about the baby’s rescue as claimed in the fake report.
The bogus story uses the name of a real Grenfell Tower fire investigator to make its claims seem more believable.
The story comes from a fake-news website that tries to trick visitors into believing that it is associated with UK news outlet Metro. It calls itself “Metro” and uses the word “metro” in its web address. However, the site has no connection to the real Metro website.
To add extra impact to the fake story, its creators have added the familiar “Breaking News” graphic often used by BBC News.
If this fake news story comes your way, do not click on it. And let the person who posted it know that the story is untrue.
An example of the fake breaking news story headline:
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!