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subject to a playful hoax or joke

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We've focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations.
Hoaxes appear with some regularity in a variety of settings.
And there were 24 times when fire alarms were set off in incidents which university staff suspect were hoaxes rather than fears of a genuine emergency.
One tactic is to simply direct people to one of the many Web sites designed to debunk hoaxes, rumors, gossip, urban legends, old wives' tales, scams, and other dis-information.
Older readers will enjoy remembering some of the biggest hoaxes that have taken place during their own lifetimes, like the fake Howard Hughes autobiography and the New York Times and Washington Post writers who embarrassed their papers during the 1990s.
The hoax is essentially a variant on the chain letter, one of the original abuses of e-mail The harm in hoaxes and chain letters is nominally that they take up storage space and waste users' time, but the more serious damage is that they erode the vigilance and good practices of those who receive them.
Most successful hoaxes work by the fidelity with which they cleave to the original source.
The Anti-Hoax Terrorism Act, which Smith introduced and to which Schiff is one of several original co-sponsors, makes perpetrators of terrorism hoaxes subject to at least five years in prison in addition to liability in a civil action and liability for reimbursing any costs connected to the false alarm.
To make scientific arguments more visible, Patton designed a course, Frauds, Hoaxes and Pseudoscience, that required students to read "bad" scientific arguments, to critique those "bad" arguments, and to write their own "good" arguments.
keeps track of current hoaxes, and they have a top 10 Most Prevalent Hoaxes list at www.
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-3 January 2003-Sophos reveals most common viruses and hoaxes for December 2002(C)1994-2003 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.
Figures published yesterday revealed that around one in ten 999 calls to control centres set up to co-ordinate services during the fire strike have been hoaxes.
In the current situation, where firefighting capabilities are reduced, hoaxes could lead to death, serious injury or serious damage to property as fire crews are diverted from real emergencies.
So far, 61 calls have been confirmed as hoaxes and investigations are ongoing.