A “viral” video that appears to capture the ghost of an elderly woman in a lift at Raffles Place in Singapore is circulating rapidly around the world. The video is supposedly comprised of CCTV security footage that shows two men entering the elevator and descending.
The “ghost” only appears in the last sequence of the video, as the men leave the elevator.
Subject: FW: Horror in Singapore
Horror in Singapore (True encountered, even in the news)
Look at the bottom right CCTV and you can see something actually in there before those 2 men got in.
WATCH CAREFULLY! … NO JOKE !
However, although the video is very cleverly rendered, it is a deliberate hoax and does not show a “real” ghost. In fact, the ghost video was created for recruitment and HR consultancy group, GMP ostensibly to highlight the dangers of working late.
In a video statement (included below), Josh Goh, GMP’s Corporate Services Manager explains why the hoax was created:
At GMP, we want to highlight the dangers of working late. Stress, fatigue, ill health are just a few. And,….. if you’re really, really unlucky, you might see a ghost!….. Just kidding. Working late is simply not healthy.
The ghost video, created for GMP by advertising company McCann Worldgroup for a reported cost of $100,000, has been a phenomenally successful promotional vehicle for the company. The Raffles Place ghost has been discussed at length on hundreds of websites and has even been featured in the mainstream news media, all of which equates to free advertising for the GMP group.
An article about the campaign featured on Marketing-Interactive.Com notes:
Farrokh Madon, ECD for McCann Worldgroup Singapore said that the Raffles Place Ghost is a “defining piece of Singapore advertising” and a “fantastic example of how a big idea can magnify a small advertising budget”. Madon told Marketing that the video was discussed on over 300 websites with “everyone from Paranormal Societies to Production Video makers offering their expert comments on the video”.
Yet another YouTube video shows how the “ghost” video may have been created:
Although many ghost enthusiasts may be disappointed to discover that the Raffles Place elevator ghost video is fake, it is nevertheless a quite entertaining piece.
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!