The website is www.hoax-slayer.net
Hoax-Slayer is owned and operated by Brett Christensen, who lives in Queensland.
Hoax-Slayer debunks email and social media hoaxes, thwarts Internet scammers, combats spam, and educates web users about email, social media, and Internet security issues. That’s how it describes itself.
Hoax-Slayer also highlights latest scams, has a series of guides to avoid the most popular types of scam. It’s been in operation since 2003 and is paid for by advertising (the adverts are quite intrusive at times) and affiliate commission on product sales.
This site also looks at hoaxes of various kinds – some involving scams and some not.
E.g. “Donald Trump Arrested Virus” Fake-News Post
Message circulating via WhatsApp and social media websites warns users not to read a news item showing “two police officers arresting Donald Trump on your computer screen” because it is a virus that will infect your computer.
E.g. 2 Decorative Magnets on Refrigerators – Cancer Warning Hoax
Warning message claims that researchers at Princeton University have discovered that electromagnetic radiation from decorative magnets stuck to refrigerator doors “radiated” the food inside thereby massively increasing the probability of cancer in test mice used in the study. The hoax goes into detail about research at Princeton to prove this.
This is just rubbish of course.
There are moving images on screen which can be annoying but the site content is very good and in a modern format so the site works well on mobile devices.
You can subscribe to receive an email of headlines each time there is a new post or you can use the RSS feed if you prefer to manage the data directly.
The site is based in Australia but the world of scammers knows no international boundaries and the same scams are found the world over.
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