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.Watch these videos and find out about some of the biggest and most popular urban legends, conspiracy theories, myths and hoaxes of all time. Know of any good videos that we're not showing? Let us know.
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.
The Travel Rumours and Urban Legend
Urban Myths are popularly held beliefs that persist because they are widely talked about, rather than because they are fact The travel industry has its own myths, so it's worth exploring a few to learn which rumours might lead us to need some cheap travel insurance cover, and which are just misconceptions
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
Con Men Internet Scams: How To Earn a College Degree Without Earning a College Degree
What's a diploma mill? Explanation is right at your finger tips. Just check out the entry in Webster's Third New International Dictionary:
Fat Loss Myths - 4 Myths you Need to Know About
It seems that for every fat loss fact that exists out there, there is a fat loss myth to counteract it. There's no question that people are looking for a shortcut to losing fat and getting in shape and sometimes they are all too willing to believe things that simply aren't true. These myths are pushed by weight loss gurus and fitness magazines often to try to help sell products or simply to generate interest. The problem is if you are someone who has ever believed one of these myths or still do currently they can undermine your fat loss success and leave you disappointed and disillusioned.
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."
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.
More Lorry Driver Urban Legends
Iýve written about lorry driver urban legends before, but they just keep cropping up all over the internet Iým not sure quite why lorry drivers and their vehicles often seem to be at the centre of these kinds of stories ý my theory is that itýs the lorry drivers themselves who spread them while running haulage jobs and return loads all over the world
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.