Brief emails claiming that you have messages waiting and can click to view the notifications are currently hitting inboxes.
Different versions of the emails, which claim to have been sent by a “delivery agent”, specify different numbers of messages that are supposedly waiting for you. The name of the “delivery agent” used in the emails may vary.
However, if you click the link in the emails, you will not be taken to any waiting messages. Instead, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that claims that you are eligible to win prizes such as mobile phones or shopping vouchers.
The site will first ask you to fill in a survey about which Internet browser you use and then perform an – entirely fake -analysis of your answers. No matter what answers you provide, you will always be declared a winner. The site includes a bogus countdown timer that is designed to impart a sense of urgency so that you will not have time to think too carefully about what you are clicking on.
Next, you will be asked to click the prize you prefer. However, clicking does not lead to a prize claim form as you might expect. Instead, you will be taken to a third-party website that promises the chance to win further prizes by providing your name, email address, home address, and phone number.
However, the fine print on the pages indicates that any personal information that you provide will be shared with site sponsors and marketing companies. So, after entering, you will soon be inundated with unwanted and annoying phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters extolling the virtues of various products that you most likely neither want nor need.
And no matter how many of these dodgy sites you visit and interact with, you will never receive the prize you were originally promised.
Scams like these are very common and are often posted on Facebook as well as via email.
Scammers and spammers also use similar “missed message” emails to trick people into visiting highly suspect online pharmacy stores.
If you receive one of these messages, just hit the delete key. Don’t click any links that they contain.
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!