Quite simply put, a hoax is a deliberate deception. There are a million different reasons why one person would want to deliberately deceive another. Usually it involves profit of some sort. Its impossible to say when the first hoax was perpetrated, but hoaxing, trickery, and lying have been part of humanity since time immemoriam. This site aims to expose the hoaxes, and to keep you better informed as to the common methods used by hoaxers, tricksters, con-men, and thieves, so you can avoid being duped yourself.
The Editor's Desk
FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU ...: Thanks to some alertness on the part of online commenter “The Oracle of the Athens Banner-Herald,” I’m obliged to report to you that a “study” of computer browser users mentioned earlier this week in The Editor’s Desk was a hoax.
Teething Truths and Myths
Got a fussy baby on your hands? Can't sleep, doesn't want to eat, is running a low-grade fever -- must be teething, right? Maybe not. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry spokesperson Michael J. Hanna, D.M.D., says that several of the symptoms associated with teething simply aren't caused by cutting a tooth. Truth or Myth?: Teething causes...
Different Kinds of Internet Scams
Because of the popularity of the internet, scammers have been very clever in using it to easily lure money from many prospect victims Learn the different kinds of online scams in order to be aware of how they do it and avoid being a victim of any of these scams
Work at Home, Email Scams, Online Surveys & MLM
We have all been bombarded with Email, mostly Spam, Get rich quick schemes, MLM ads (Multi Level Marketing) Government Grants. I have already posted about the HSBC Phishing scam. I have had enough! Today I thought we could look at a different angle of Internet Safety and ways to protect against not only online scams, but so called “Legitimate” opportunities of hitting it big. Changing your life, buying expensive cars, going on great vacations. Are there good opportunities out there? Yep there are. Will you make it “big”? Maybe, it is possible. Let’s take a look one by one and do some analysis.
View from a Hoax: New Book is Next Chapter in Oprah Holocaust Love Story Hoax
"The Apple" by Penelope Holt (York House Press) looks at the story behind the Holocaust "hoax", dubbed an Oprah Top 10 Mistake, which erupted as 2008's publishing scandal. The book examines the story behind the story of Herman Rosenblat, and the reasons why the Holocaust survivor embellished his heart-rending account of survival with a heart-warming tale of love that set off a firestorm of criticism from the Holocaust community and led Berkley Books to cancel Mr. Rosenblat's 2009 memoir, "Angel at the Fence."
Avoiding Scams Online
Nowadays, it is very important to have extra money in our pockets that we could readily rely on in cases of emergencies and other unexpected occurrences The last two years have been filled with untoward events like the global financial crisis, and calamities like earthquakes, typhoons, and hurricanes
Jail time for balloon hoax
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The parents who pulled the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday - 90 days for him, 20 days for her - and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next four years.
Editorial: Pros and cons to ditching stimulus road signs
According to an Augusta Chronicle story published late last week, the Georgia Department of Transportation no longer is requiring contractors to erect signs noting that a given road project is funded with federal stimulus dollars. The new directive reverses the DOT's earlier requirement that contractors place two signs at every stimulus-funded project.