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Hoax

Balloon Hoax, The
news story in 1844, reporting the transatlantic crossing of a balloon with eight passengers. [Am. Lit.: The Balloon Hoax in Poe]
Piltdown man
missing link turned out to be orangutan. [Br. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 46; Time, October 13, 1978, 82]
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Two Colorado newspapers fell victim to a hoaxster who put out a press release claiming that a sexual harassment lawsuit was about to be filed against the owners of two local radio stations.
Calling himself 'anon', the hoaxster sent copies of the data all over the internet, which Cohen quickly reviewed--and was the first to reject.
AN 84 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS LEFT DISTRAUGHT AFTER BEING SCAMMED OUT OF HER PS90,000 LIFE SAVINGS BY HOAXSTERS WHO PRETENDED TO BE FROM SCOTLAND YARDI Simon Lee: "How the hell is this still an issue?