Category: Hoaxes

The mystery of the missing Cryptoqueen

Ruja Ignatova called herself the Cryptoqueen. She told people she had invented a cryptocurrency “onecoin” that would rival Bitcoin, and persuaded them to invest billions. Then, two years ago, she disappeared, she has not been seen since. The biggest thing…
Biggest Historical Hoaxes Of All Time

Crop Circles Whenever a mysterious crop circle would appear in large fields in Great Britain, extra-terrestrial enthusiasts across the country would go wild with curiosity. With claims of them being messages from aliens, which were widely disputed, in 1991 two…
The skillfull forger – Han Van Meegeren

Henricus (Han) Antonius van Meegeren was born in Deventer in the Netherlands in 1889. He began studying architecture but gave that up to become an artist. My paintings will become original Vermeers once more. I produced them not for money…
PODCAST – The hack crash

On April 23rd, 2013, the Associated Press tweeted out the following: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The tweet, which went up at approximately 1:07 PM Eastern Standard Time, had an immediate impact on…
The greatest historical scams

For Sale: The Brooklyn Bridge Background: Not long after the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, a shifty 20-year-old named George C. Parker decided on a whim to see if he could “sell” it to an unsuspecting tourist. He did.…
The Strange Story of Arthur Furguson

Retired Glasgow-born actor Arthur Furguson was a terrific salesperson. However, like many other such people, he was unaware of his talent until one inspiring day when the perfect opportunity presented itself to him. His moment happened in Trafalgar Square, one…
The great hip hop hoax!

It cannot be easy to live as a Scottish hip hop artist. The scene, especially in the early noughties, wasn’t exactly thriving. For Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd, this was irritating; it appeared they could do nothing to have people…