Strawberry Quick Flavored Meth Targeting Kids HOAX

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Strawberry Quick Meth

 DEA concludes flavored meth does Not Exist
10/31/08 – According to DEA public affairs officer Barbara Wetherell, the agency has found no evidence to substantiate that Strawberry Quick or any other form of flavored methamphetamine exists. “This is an urban myth,” she told ColumbusLocalNews.com in a story published Oct. 31, 2008. “We surveyed all of our offices yesterday (Oct. 30) and we found nothing. This is just one of those emails.”

In March 2007, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced it had received reports of drug traffickers offering candy-flavored methamphetamine for sale in western and midwestern states from California to Minnesota in the form of colorful crystals resembling Pop Rocks.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]The first such report had been issued three months earlier by the Nevada Department of Public Safety after samples of what narcotics agents believed to be strawberry-flavored meth — nicknamed “Strawberry Quick” — were confiscated in a drug raid. State officials speculated that illegal drug manufacturers were experimentally reformulating crystal meth by adding strawberry and other sweet flavorings to make the bitter-tasting, highly addictive stimulant more attractive to potential teenage customers.

‘Flavored’ vs. ‘colored’ meth

After several months of following up on these reports, however, DEA officials told reporters they “hadn’t seen much” in the way of actual seizures of flavored methamphetamine and that the DEA itself had yet to seize or analyze any of the stuff at all.

As of June 2007, experts were speculating that local drug enforcement agencies may have confused samples of colored meth — which is quite common and accounted for by dyes present in the raw ingredients — for what they took to be a new, flavored variety of the drug.

Jeanne Cox, executive director of the Meth Project Foundation, summarized the quandary in a statement to the drug policy website JoinTogether.org: “We are all still trying to figure out what’s going on with strawberry meth and if it really exists.”

Meanwhile, the waters were further muddied by reports that drug dealers in California had begun marketing new, strawberry- and coconut-flavored varieties of cocaine. In July 2008 the DEA confirmed receiving samples of pink- and off-white-tinted cocaine (not methamphetamine) with a “generic, sweet, fruity odor.”

“Although flavored ‘hard’ drugs (notably ‘strawberry meth’) have received extensive press in the mass media,” the July 2008 report went on to say, “to date very few such exhibits have been submitted to the DEA Laboratories.”

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Apple Giveaway Hoax

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Apple Giveaway HoaxThe claims in these spam messages are false. You will not receive a free Apple product by following links in the messages. Links in the spam messages lead to various third-party websites of  a dubious nature. If you receive such a message, do not follow any links that it contains. Similar attacks have attempted to trick Facebook users into visiting third party websites that harbour malicious scripts or software. Others have attempted to trick users into divulging sensitive personal information or signing up for expensive SMS phone services.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]Reports indicate that the bogus messages are being posted automatically via a rogue Facebook application or malicious script. At the time of writing, many of the links in the messages have apparently been deactivated and receive a Facebook “Page not found” error message when clicked.

Facebook has increasingly become a favoured vector for attack for spammers, scammers and malware distributors. Facebook users should be very cautious of any messages that offer free products or services and urge them to follow links or install Facebook apps in order to receive such products or services.

Example Post

Time for another AWESOME giveaway, we are giving away 500 iPads. Do you feel lucky? now is your chance to win, follow the steps below to enter.
Step 1. Like th…is photo.
Step 2. Share this photo.
Step 3. Comment your color Black/White
Winners will be announced in 24 hours, only the people who follow ALL the steps will be entered to have a chance to win. Best of luck to all contestants!
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County Sheriffs Department Warning If You Find a Child Crying

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County Sheriffs Department WarningAccording to this widely circulated message, which purports to be from the “County Sheriffs Department”, women need to be very wary if they find a child crying beside the road who provides an address and asks to be taken home. The message claims that, instead of going to the child’s home as they believe they are, the women will instead end up at the gang’s premises, where they will be set upon and raped. The warning advises women to take the child to a police station rather than the address they have been given. It exhorts recipients to pass on the warning to as many people as possible and claims that the story has been published on CNN and Fox News. The story, which has been circulating in various incarnations since at least 2005, travels via email, social media posts and phone text messages. This version names the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang as the one responsible for the supposed attacks. Other versions do not specify a particular gang and claim that the attacks are part of an initiation process for new members.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]However, extensive research reveals no credible evidence whatsoever that supports the claims in the warning message. Despite the claim that the warning was aired on CNN and Fox News, there are no such reports on those news outlets. In fact, there are no reports about crimes that use such a modus operandi in any credible news publications.

Moreover, the claim that the warning originated with a police or Sheriff’s department have been repeatedly denied by various law enforcement agencies. There are several versions of the warning circulating some of which name specific police departments in various US states and elsewhere in the world as well.

However, the bottom line is that the widespread and planned campaign of rape warned of in this message is simply not happening. Thus, sending on this warning will achieve nothing other than to spread unnecessary fear and alarm among communities and potentially distract recipients from watching out for much more credible threats.

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Starbucks Coffee Free Gift Card Survey SCAM

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Starbucks Coffee Free Gift Card Survey Scam

Starbucks Clickjacking Scam FacebookEmails and Facebook posts claim that Starbucks is giving away free gift cards and instruct users to click a link to claim their prize.

The message is not a legitimate offer and is not from Starbucks. It is a scam designed to trick users into first spamming their Facebook friends and then participating in bogus surveys that try to trick people into submitting personal information or signing up for expensive “services”. Those who participate will never receive the promised gift card.

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Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops HOAX

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 Starbucks did not support the Iraq war or US military personnel Message claims that Starbucks refused to donate coffee to Marines stationed in Iraq because the company does not support the war. This is not true !!!! The claim that Starbucks did not support the Iraq war or US military personnel is an old rumour started in 2004 and has been resurrected over and over without substance and the message should not be forwarded.

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Likejacking is a Facebook version of an attack called Clickjacking

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Likejacking is a Facebook's version of an attack called ClickjackingThe purpose of the attack is to get you to click items on a webpage without your knowledge.

Facebook attackers present a web page that actually has two layers. The back layer is designed with a Facebook “Like” button configured to follow your mouse cursor. The front layer shows whichever lure you are unfortunate enough to be tricked by. No matter where you click on the webpage, whether it be “One of the craziest ways to eat a banana” or “101 Hottest Women in the World,” you are actually clicking the Facebook Like button and further spreading the spam.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]The earliest instances of likejacking seemed to be a proof of concept that the attack would actually work. Since those first attacks, likejacking has evolved into a money-making scheme through a technique called affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing pays the affiliate for every person who views an ad, signs up for a service or registers on a given site. We have yet to see these attacks lead to malicious content, but it is only matter of time until they do.

One reason this attack works is that Facebook does not require any confirmation when you click the Like button. Though confirmation would not entirely prevent the attack, it would complicate the attack and potentially discourage its active exploitation.

Users should carefully review their wall posts if they were tempted by and clicked through one of these scams. Reviewing installed Facebook applications periodically is also a smart idea to defend against many of the ways users are victimized on Facebook.

Here are some Facebook recomended sharing settings:
https://webarticlesrus.com/facebook-safety

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5 Saturdays Sundays and Mondays Called Money Bags HOAX

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Money Bags HoaxCirculating message claims that December 2012 will feature 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays, a combination of days that occurs only once every 823 years. The message claims that sending on the information will bring good luck to the sender.

It is perfectly true that December 2012 has 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays. However, such a combination occurs far more often than every 823 years. The last occurrence was in December 2007 while the next occurrence will take place in December [ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]2018. In fact, any month that has 31 days will have three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Such combinations are commonplace and occur each and every year. This message is a revamped version of earlier – and equally spurious – chain messages.

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HOAX Facebook – I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you

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One thing is for sure on the Facebook platform, some scams and hoaxes never really die. They are just repackaged, resurrected and recirculated! The following message is based on a past hoax and has recently gone viral:

To all my FB friends, may I request you to please do something for me: I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. However, with the recent changes in FB, the public can now see activities in any wall. This happens when our friends hit “like” or “comment”, [ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it this way. So I need your help. Only you can do this for me. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (do not click), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “COMMENTS & LIKE” by clicking on it. By doing this, my activity amongst my friends and my family will no longer become public. Many thanks! Paste this on your wall so your contacts would follow suit too, that is, if you care about your privacy.

Alternative Message:

ATTENTION ALL MY CONTACTS With changes in FB, everyone can now access information from persons who are not in contacts. All that is needed is for this person who is not in your list of friends to comment or click on “like” to access your information.

I do not want people that I have not selected as contacts on FB to access my information but I can’t change it myself.

……I ask you, therefore, 

to point the mouse on my name above (Don’t click), wait for the pop up, point the mouse again on “friends” (Don’t click). Then click on “settings” and remove the check mark in “Comments and Like”. Thus, my activity will no longer be in the public domain. Thank you!

First off, the message contains inaccurate information. There have not been recent changes to Facebook that allows the public to see activities on any wall. The privacy and sharing controls of the person sharing the item on Facebook determines the audience.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-left”]If you follow the instructions in the message, you won’t be protecting your privacy or that of your friend. The only thing you’ll be doing is unsubscribing from any of their Facebook comments and likes. This kind of defeats the purpose of being friends with them in the first place.

It is not just your settings that control what goes in your Facebook newsfeed and appears on your friends’ tickers. Anyone’s posts which have privacy set to more than “Friends” will go to all the friends of all the commenters. This is a fact! We’ve tested it!”

The best thing you and your friends can do to protect your privacy is to set all of your privacy and sharing settings to ‘friends only.’ Also keep in mind that if you comment or like items that are public or set to ‘friends of friends,’ then your likes and comments are exposed to everyone who can view the shared item. If you want to be private do not post it to the internet.

Spreading false information doesn’t really help anyone, and it can give your friends a false sense of security. Always spend a few minutes and check the facts before passing warnings along to your friends.

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OUTDATED: Prayer Request Darkhorse 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families

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OutDated: Even more than indicated in the Facebook-circulated prayer request an example of which is shown here the U.S. 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines Darkhorse suffered heavy personnel losses in Afghanistan between October 2010 and its return to Camp Pendleton in April 2011.

Our brave men and women fighting for our freedom both abroad and here at home always deserve our prayers and respect but lets stop sharing these out dated like it happen today broadcasts and perhaps just post in your own words your gratitude to those who serve and especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]Dark Horse Battalion was rotated back to the U.S. in April 2011. Its place in Afghanistan was taken by the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, also from Camp Pendleton.

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Bill Gates High School Speech – False – List was not written by Bill Gates

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Bill Gates High School Speech Bill Gates High School Speech – 11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School

Email and Facebook post claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

According to this email, the enclosed eleven “common sense” rules for life were voiced to high school students during a recent speech by Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Many parents and older people are likely to agree with the ideas expressed in this set of “rules”, dubbed “11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School”.

[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]However, the rules were neither written nor spoken by Bill Gates, they did not originate as a high school speech, and they are not at all recent. In fact, the current incarnation of these rules is a somewhat abridged version of an original piece that was penned by author Charles J. Sykes. The full version was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune on September 19, 1996 and in a number of other publications since then. Sykes is the author of “Dumbing Down Our Kids”, “50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School”, and several other books.

Example:

Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politic ally correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

 Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

 Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

 Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

 Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

 Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

 Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.

 Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

 Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

 Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

 Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

 Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

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