The destructive power of gel candles is heralded by a scare e-mail claiming these candles are capable of destroying toilets and burning down houses. The e-mail has some facts right; gel candles can flare up, causing fires, the glass containers holding gel candles have shattered and there have been several gel candle recalls. But none of the recalls say anything about these candles exploding.
An hoax e-mail circulating since well before the November 2004 elections claims that congressmen sweet pension deal means they don't have to pay into Social Security.
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.