The threat of the 809 phone scam--in which individuals try to trick people in the U.S. into calling a seemingly-national, but actually-international phone number--is blown ridiculously out of proportion by an e-mail circulating the net.
Truth is corrupted by fiction in an e-mail chainletter that tries to warn about the dangers of the recalled drug phenylpropanolamine.
Glade "Plugins" -- small fragence dispensers that run off of electricity -- are being blamed for countless house fires in a newly-ciruclated e-mail. It's also generating plenty of grassroots comments from people who say they -- or someone they know -- have had problems with the product.
The Al Mujahedeen Brigade claimed they had captured a U.S. solider and said they would behead him if Iraq prisoners weren't released. But it's pretty clear from looking at the photo that their "hostage" is actually an action figure. Read the full story.
The unapproved, "viral" ad depicted a suicide bomber blowing himself up next to a VW, which absorbed the blast. VW threatened to sue the ad's creators, but instead accepted their apology. Read the full story.
An excellent write-up on a honest-to-God scam in which people approach unsuspecting motorists, explain that they've run out of gas, and ask for gas money. A variant includes mothers who allegeldy need money for their baby's formula and diapers. Read the full story.
A news story draws inspiration from an urban legend in which a golfer swears off the game for life, throws his golf club bag into a pond ... and forgets his car keys were in the bag with them Read the full story.