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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Hoax

Last year
# Bomb
PSNI say object left at Derry police station thought to be a hoax was 'explosive device'
A major security operation began on Sunday night when the device was found in a hi-jacked car left at the station
# Derry
PSNI say suspected bomb outside police station was hoax 'made to look like a car bomb'
Hi-jackers left a fake bomb in the car, the PSNI said.
# misinfo
Financial advisor warns against hoax crypto ads featuring Leo Varadkar and other public figures
Users of multiple websites reported encountering the false ad featuring the FG leader in recent weeks.
All time
# Hoax
Woman charged in Australia over alleged coup hoax featuring fake recording of police chief
Australian police said the recording is fake and have arrested two people.
# infowars
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to pay $100k after he claimed Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax
A 20-year-old gunman killed 20 first-graders, six educators and himself at the school in 2012.
# Hoax
Essex police say human bone found in Primark socks not linked to crime
The police investigation and a probe by the company at its factory have now concluded.
# Roma
How an internet hoax about a 'white van kidnapper' sparked violence in Paris
A court hearing referred to the incident this week as “collective hysteria”.
# grand rapids
'Ridiculous bullsh*t': Trump hits out at 'single greatest hoax' at first rally since Mueller report
Trump called for those behind the investigation into his campaign to be held “accountable”.
# Justin Bieber
The viral Justin Bieber burrito photo was actually just an extremely elaborate hoax
This is the TripAdvisor shed restaurant all over again.
# Hoax
Actress Tilda Swinton admits playing 82-year-old man in new film
The oscar-winner used prosthetics and fake body parts to play Dr Josef Klemperer.
# evacuations
24,000 bomb hoax emails sent to UK schools as 'part of Minecraft gamer feud'
Police said about 400 schools were affected and some buildings were evacuated.
# Hoax
This story about Leonardo DiCaprio moving to Galway is going insanely viral - but it's not true
Sorry, Galway.
# cycle lanes
Hoax statement made by Dublin Lord Mayor to raise disability awareness
Dublin City Council released a false statement suggesting people with disabilities may be allowed use cycle lanes.
# Security Alert
Easons on Dublin's O'Connell Street evacuated after 'hoax' bomb scare
The shop was evacuated at 5pm this evening.
# death hoax
No, CeeLo Green was NOT injured after his phone exploded in his face
A video of the ‘incident’ went viral over the weekend – but it was a stunt to promote his new music.
# Rental Scam
Council and gardaí warn renters of "security deposit" scam
One case is believed to have seen a victim transfer €1,140 to the scammers.
# Spoof
CERN lab investigating bizarre "human sacrifice" video filmed on site
“CERN does not condone this type of spoof, which can give rise to misunderstandings about the scientific nature of our work.”
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, this photo does NOT show a mad rush for Irish passports in the UK’s FactCheck takes on a misleading words-and-picture combo doing the rounds today.
# Ulster Bank
Limerick bank evacuated over 999 bomb call
The threat was made in a call this afternoon.
# around the country
Spate of bomb hoaxes sees primary schools evacuated in five counties
There have been incidents in Cork, Carlow Dublin, Limerick and Waterford.
# Climate Change
Donald Trump cites global warming as reason to build his Atlantic wall in Co Clare
He has called global warming a “hoax” and a “con job” in the past.
# everybody off
Ryanair flight from Norway evacuated after bomb scare
Police in Norway said that an earlier alert in Manchester made them take the threat seriously.
# PR stunt
Band apologises for fake sex tape publicity stunt
The duo nonetheless went ahead and released its latest video, which mixes a performance with grainy shots of sexual activity.
# Gone Phishing
There's a dodgy motor tax scam email going around
Watch out.
# whitestown
Hoax device discovered in garden causes bomb scare in Dublin
The incident unfolded late last night.
# black friday riots
That viral Black Friday fight video is most likely a big fat fake
A woman snatched a vegetable steamer from a kid in the shocking clip.
# trolling
A man who went viral for being named 'Phuc Dat Bich' has just admitted it was a hoax
It was too good to be true.
# Hoax
A man who went viral for being named 'Phuc Dat Bich' has just admitted it was a hoax
It was too good to be true.
# Hoax
Intel worker who paid friend to phone in bomb threat may be given community service
The plan was described as “profoundly stupid”.
# Hoax
Investigation launched into "regrettable" hoax Coastguard call off Cork coast
No vessel was discovered after an extensive search of the coastline.
# Hoax
The 'Movie on the Beach' planned for Dublin tonight is definitely not real
60,000 people had clicked attending on the event.
# you dopes
Can Everyone Please Stop Sharing That Facebook Copyright Hoax?
# sigh
This is your regular reminder that those Facebook copyright posts you're seeing are rubbish
They have no effect on Facebook’s privacy policy whatsoever so stop sharing them.
# Hoax
Cindy Crawford has finally spoken out about THAT viral unretouched photo
“I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.”
# baby daddy
This girl's quest to find the father of her baby went viral -- but now it's totally backfired
Natalie Amyot wanted to find the man she met in an Irish bar in Australia.
# Bomb Squad
"A scumbag": Alan Kelly had a thing or two to say about that threatening package
The army bomb squad was called out to deal with a package delivered to the minister’s constituency office on Friday.
# Hoax
Bomb squad called after suspicious package delivered to Alan Kelly’s office
The Environment Minister said it was a “highly deplorable incident”.
# Hoax
Here's how an Irish Twitter user fooled the British media with this fake Glastonbury infographic
Well played.
# Explosive
Teaching assistant admits sending bomb hoax from student's email as she couldn't face work
Two pupils were arrested and held in custody after the hoax.
# Bomb Scare
Two men arrested over Intel plant bomb hoax
The men have been released without charge and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.