Creepy Momo Challenge is actually a malicious hoax

The distorted image of a creepy doll with bulging eyes is not telling children to harm themselves. The real harm of the so-called Momo Challenge is the fearmongering from what appears to be nothing more than a viral scare. This is according to experts, who have called alerts, articles and[…]

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Halal certificate withdrawal a hoax: MJC

The MJC Halaal Trust (MJCHT) has cautioned Muslim consumers from falling for a hoax message doing its rounds on social media claiming that the MJC and other ḥalal authorities had withdrawn the ḥalal certificate from SASKO and Albany white Bread. The hoax message as seen below: “The Halaal Trust hereby[…]

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Police slam hoax about festive season closures

Police stations will not be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve‚ the South African Police Service (SAPS) declared on Thursday. This‚ spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer said‚ was in reaction to “a hoax (or so-called satirical) media report has been published online which claims‚ inter alia‚ that police[…]

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‘Charlie Charlie not a hoax’, say learners

The controversial game Charlie Charlie has left various schools on high alert following concerning reports of youth affected. Outraged Trafalgar High School learners have appealed to other learners at Western Cape schools not to participate in playing the game but to remember their relationship with their Creator. The game involves[…]

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Online child kidnapping threat serious: dept

A message circulating on social media claiming that an unknown group of people will kidnap children throughout the country must be taken seriously, even if it turns out to be a hoax, the Department of Education said on Monday. “We are not aware of that message, and we are not[…]

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Gov dismisses Eskom hoax

Government on Tuesday dismissed a hoax statement saying it had been warned by Eskom the main power grid could crash, plunging the country into darkness for over two weeks, the department of communication said. “The message regarding Eskom is not true and is meant to create unnecessary panic. Load shedding[…]

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Telkom users to be wary of hoax

A Cape Town woman says she might have been scammed out of thousands of rands, had she not hung up a fraudulent call allegedly from Telkom. Rashiedah Petersen said she received a call at approximately 12:40 on Thursday afternoon from a woman claiming to be calling from the telecommunications company.[…]

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New hoax collections surface

A string of complaints about bogus collections have been reported to VOC News over the past few days. On Tuesday, reporters learnt that the radio station’s name is also being used by a charlatan posing as an employee. The collector has targeted small businesses for money, in exchange for radio[…]

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