Hoax

  • Two moons hoax: Mars won't be as big as the moon on August 27; ignore those social media messages August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Every year, for more than a decade now, in the months of July and August an old Internet hoax resurfaces for the gullible to consume and share. The message that has been around from the days of email forwards has now also embraced Whatsapp. The Mars hoax even has...
  • Man arrested for making hoax bomb threat call July 13, 2014

    A 19-year-old youth was arrested in Indore on July13 for allegedly making a hoax call to police a week ago about a bomb being planted in Jodhpur-bound Ranthambor Express. The youth, Jitendra Johri, had called up Police Control Room on July 7 by identifying himself as Parabhakar and told them that...
  • 10-year-old boy makes bomb call after watching TV serial June 20, 2014

    A 10-year-old boy made a hoax bomb call to the police control room after watching a television soap which showed police reaching the spot within minutes of dialing 100. Shameem, a resident of Ravatpur, called the police on Thursday and informed them of a blast at an intersection near a salt...
  • Hoax bomb call to Delhi Metro control room May 1, 2014

    A hoax bomb call to the Delhi Metro control room triggered panic among officials on Thursday morning, a security official said. Hemendra Singh, spokesperson of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said that an unidentified caller made a call to the control room claiming the possibility of a bomb in a...
  • What the unconfirmed but popular 'pretty girl seeking rich husband' vs JP Morgan CEO story teaches us about Internet March 28, 2014

    This story has been on the Internet for some time. It has been shared phenomenally on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter and every social media space haunted by users looking for a good laugh at the expense of goofs who say and do insane exhibitionist things all the time. This is how the...
  • Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar takes to Twitter to refute death rumours March 27, 2014

    After a hoax report suggesting that Lata Mangeshkar had passed away, the legendary singer took to her Twitter to dispel the rumors of her demise. "Namaskar. Meri tabiyat ke baare mein afwaayein phail rahi hai. Par aap sab ka pyar aur duaaien hain ke meri tabiyat bilkul thik hai,"...
  • 60-year-old man jailed for making hoax call to airlines December 5, 2013

    New Delhi: A 60-year-old man has been sent to imprisonment till the rising of the court by a Delhi court for making hoax call in 2010 to a private airlines that some terrorists have boarded the flight and they may be carrying explosives. Metropolitan Magistrate Jagminder Singh held Raj Bajaj...
  • Lockdown ends at Yale University's Connecticut campus, no gunman found November 26, 2013

    Boston: Yale University lifted a lockdown on Monday after a police search of its campus in New Haven, Connecticut, found no evidence of a gunman, despite an anonymous caller's claim that his roommate had headed to the Ivy League school to shoot people. "This is so far an unconfirmed report," said...
  • Bomb hoax in Thane district court spreads confusion all around September 27, 2013

    Confusion prevailed in the Thane district court premises on Friday afternoon for more than three hours after a bomb hoax, the city police said. As soon as the police began rushing into the court premises shortly before lunch break, there was a hue and cry and advocates as well as people...
  • Did a BHEL employee make the hoax call to the A-G imitating Sonia? September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: A woman employee of BHEL had allegedly made a call impersonating Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Attorney General GE Vahanvati, sources said. Attorney General Vahanvati received a call from a woman who claimed she was Sonia Gandhi's PA Anita Gupta. Delhi Police will file an FIR after Vahanvati complained...
  • Hoax call imitating Sonia: FIR will be lodged soon, says Shinde September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said that a FIR into a hoax call to Attorney General GE Vahanvati from a woman imitating Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be lodged soon. "The AG's complaint has been received by Delhi police. FIR will soon be lodged," he said. Meanwhile,...
  • Delhi Police probes hoax call to A-G from a woman imitating Sonia September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday initiated a probe into a hoax call to Attorney General GE Vahanvati from a woman imitating Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "We have received a complaint from the Attorney General and we are conducting preliminary enquiry into it," police officials said. Police officials have, however, not...
  • India-born nurse Saldanha received many hoax calls before she committed suicide: Report September 2, 2013

    India-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha had received a series of prank calls from an Australian radio station in the lead up to her suicide at a London hospital last December, a media report said on Sunday. Details of the prank call by DJs Mel Grieg and Michael Christian to King Edward VII...
  • Two persons arrested for making hoax bomb call August 4, 2013

    Two persons were arrested on Saturday from Sector-11 area here for allegedly making a hoax call claiming that a bomb would explode at the building of Erricson India Global Services, police said. The duo, identified as Vinay and Arun, both working in a call centre in Delhi's Laxmi Nagar area, made...
  • Bomb hoax delays Indigo flight, passenger says he was 'joking' June 30, 2013

    Raipur: A bomb hoax on a Kolkata-Indore Indigo flight at Swami Vivekananda Airport at Mana here sent authorities into a tizzy Sunday morning. The flight was delayed by about three hours after a passenger claimed that a bomb had been kept in the aircraft. Airport Director Anil Kumar Rai said the Indore-bound...
  • Jackie Chan clears air on online death hoax June 26, 2013

    New York: While Jackie Chan was in India to celebrate the Chinese Film Festival, he became the victim of online death hoax. The 59-year-old star took to his Facebook to address the rumours on June 21. "Hi everybody! Yesterday, I got on a 3am flight from India to Beijing. I didn't get...
  • Delhi: Youth arrested for making hoax bomb call April 11, 2013

    New Delhi: A 23-year-old youth has been arrested for making a hoax bomb call to the Police Control Room (PCR) in New Delhi, police said on Wednesday. Subodh Singh was arrested from Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad town, adjoining Delhi, on Tuesday for making a hoax bomb call to police around 10.40 pm...
  • Is the April Fool dead? Has the corporate colossus strangled it? April 1, 2013

    London:Satire In the more traditional realm of news-based fun, Yahoo's French website led its front page with the announcement that, to save money, President Francois Hollande would move his offices from the Elysee Palace to one of Paris's grittier suburbs. "Nesta Vowles" had a story in Britain's Daily Mail about owls being...
  • The best April Fool's Day jokes, pranks and hoaxes of 2013 April 1, 2013

    The web is full of April Fool's Day jokes on April 1, 2013 and here is a collection of the goofiest and the best. ...
  • Google sniffs out an April Fool's joke with Google Nose April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Every year Google tries to outdo itself in pulling April Fool pranks. The hoax Google product launch of April 1, 2013 is Google Nose, which Google says is "The new scentsation in search". According to the product description, Google Nose, that is still in beta, leverages new and existing...
  • YouTube's April Fool's prank: The site's shutting down till 2023 April 1, 2013

    In tune with the April Fool's Day tradition YouTube has posted a video announcing that the eight-year-old site that is now the world's most popular online video destination is downing its shutters for a decade. But before it deletes all those millions of hours of video, YouTube has also empanelled...
  • Hoax call death: Court to take up Jacintha suicide case March 26, 2013

    London: Key findings are expected to be presented at the Westminster Coroner's court for the first time in the Indian nurse suicide case. Jacintha Saldanha killed herself in December 2012, days after transferring a prank call to a hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated. Saldanha had transferred a...
  • Travel agent arrested for making hoax call to delay train March 7, 2013

    Mumbai: A travel agent was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call, claiming that a bomb was planted in an Uttar Pradesh-bound train at CST railway station, police said. According to city police crime branch, the accused Rameshchandra Chourasiya (39), who operates Chourasiya Tours and Travels, was nabbed for making...
  • Delhi: Hoax bomb scare at IGI Airport delays flight February 26, 2013

    New Delhi: A hoax bomb call delayed an IndiGo flight on Tuesday morning at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in the capital. Passengers on the Delhi-Patna flight were de-boarded and their luggage taken off the aircraft following the call. A high alert was sounded at the airport and a...
  • Delhi: Man makes hoax calls to police to harass wife, arrested February 12, 2013

    New Delhi: They were happily married until one day his wife left him and flew to Mumbai and to harass her, this 33-year-old man started making prank calls to police claiming the woman was an associate of the now hanged terrorist Afzal Guru. Joginder Singh Sandhu made at least 50...
  • Royal hoax call prankster back on air in Australia February 11, 2013

    Melbourne: One of the two Australian radio presenters whose royal prank call to a British hospital treating Kate Middleton went awry and created a furore when an Indian-origin nurse committed suicide, returned on air on Monday. Radio host Michael Christian, one of two Southern Cross Austereo presenters at the centre...
  • No charges over UK royal nurse hoax call February 2, 2013

    London: British prosecutors said on Friday two Australian radio hosts who made a prank call to the hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate would face no criminal charges over the death of the nurse who answered the phone and later killed herself. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged last...
  • Mumbai: Youth arrested for making hoax calls to airlines January 20, 2013

    Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Saturday arrested a 19-year old youth who used to make hoax calls to airline companies seeking release of the now executed 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammed Ajmal Kasab. "We have arrested one Vikas Yadav who used to call offices of...
  • Dead girlfriend hoax: Timeline of Manti Te'o quotes January 19, 2013

    All-American linebacker Manti Te'o talked to, and about, someone posing as Lennay Kekua online and on the phone in late 2011 and 2012. After media were told Kekua died of leukemia last September, Te'o talked about her with reporters numerous times. This is a chronology of how the fake girlfriend...