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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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In all five service areas in the North-East, staff are trained to challenge callers if they believe they are hoaxers.
Above, four envelopes and two signatures relating to letters sent by hoaxer John Humble purporting to be the Yorkshire 'Ripper'.
Staff have condemned the actions of the hoaxer for causing lessons to be cancelled.
Examiner columnist Mr Hellawell - who interviewed Peter Sutcliffe about his crimes - said hoaxer John Humble "had blood on his hands".
The hoaxer made around 45 calls to police, which have also included serious road accidents and assaults, said a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman.
54am, when a hoaxer claimed the Santa Monica had suffered engine failure off the Great Orme with one person on board.
POLICE yesterday released a CD of the voices of five of Britain's sickest hoaxers.
The hoaxer also made fun of England goalkeeper David James, saying: "They call him Dracula because he doesn't like crosses.
If found, the hoaxer could face up to two years in jail and an unlimited fine for using unlicensed equipment and sending out messages which intend to mislead and endanger safety.
The hoaxer said the boat was sailing from the Tyne to Hartlepool and that three people had abandoned ship and were drifting in a life raft.
TERRIFIED passengers last night told of their horror after a cruel hoaxer claimed there was a bomb on their plane.
The Wearside Jack hoaxer was caught many years after he began taunting the police, as officers used state-of-the-art DNA techniques which Ripper Squad detectives could only have dreamed of.