Brett Christensen created the Hoax-Slayer website in 2004. Hoax-Slayer began in 2003 as a small Yahoo email discussion group. It has evolved into a large media property that receives well over a million visitors per month.
Brett lives in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia with his wife Deborah Christensen.
Most site visitors come from the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and India with other international visitors making up the rest.
Hoax-Slayer has a strong social media presence and communicates with users via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. The Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page has more than 228,000 likes.
Hoax-Slayer has grown into a recognised global authority site on exposing scams and debunking hoaxes on the Internet.
The National Library of Australia has archived Hoax-Slayer as an online resource of national significance.
Hoax-Slayer is completely independent and is funded through contextual advertising delivered by Google via their AdSense program and via affiliate programs provided by Amazon and other vendors.
Media and News
Multiple news outlets have interviewed, quoted or mentioned Hoax-Slayer. These outlets include The Sydney Morning Herald, Bundaberg NewsMail, CBS News, and The Guardian. Many other websites, blogs, forums, and social media pages have also referenced Hoax-Slayer.
Jan Harold Brunvand’s iconic work, ‘The Encyclopaedia of Urban Legends’ references Hoax-Slayer on page 330 under Internet Resources. Jan Harold Brunvand is one of America’s foremost experts on folklore and urban legends. Brett Christensen has given numerous radio interviews both in Australia and internationally.
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Radio Interviews (Audio)
- Carolyn Booth (23 June 2016) No scam too tricky for Bundaberg’s Hoax Slayer
- Andrew McMillen (29 May 2016) The Unending Quest of The Hoax-SLayer
- Arthur, Charles (17 March 2010). “Is the virus warning about a hacker called Simon Ashton real?”.
- Bandyopadhyay, Dipankan (5 April 2013). “An interview with Brett M. Christensen, founder of Hoax-Slayer.com”. India Institute of Students. http://iis-india.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/an-interview-with-brett-m-christensen.html
- Elliott, Tim (26 November 2009). “Hoax slayer puts the bite on vampires of the cyberworld”. Sydney Morning Herald
- Elliott, Tim (26 November 2009). “Aussie hoax slayer smashes web scams” Stuff.co.nz
- Groskop, Viv (10 June 2008). “Beware of the hoax”. The Guardian.
- Malone, Tim (6 August 2010). “Top 10 sites to debunk Internet hoaxes”. http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/top-10-sites-to-debunk-internet-hoaxes/
- Mindmadeup (11 July 2013). “Myth-busting Islamophobic lies and hoaxes”. @theantibogan. http://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/myth-busting-islamophobic-lies-and-hoaxes/
- Neuman, Scott (21 June 2013). “Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky”.
- Ngak, Chenda (17 March 2014). “Malaysia Airlines MH370 found in the Bermuda Triangle? Not a chance”.
- Stempeck, Matt (22 January 2013). “LazyTruth Integrates Hoax-Slayer Content”. LazyTruth. http://www.lazytruth.com/?p=200
- Wenzel, Murray (11 December 2009). “Brett Christensen a ‘Hoax Slayer'”. Bundaberg News Mail
High-resolution images of Brett Christensen are available on request.