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Fakes, Hoaxes, and Impostors

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  • Newman lives! 'Seinfeld' actor Wayne Knight tweets on death hoax

    Newman lives! 'Seinfeld' actor Wayne Knight tweets on death hoax
    After a hoax report that Wayne Knight had died in a traffic accident near the New York–Pennsylvania border, the actor who played Newman on "Seinfeld" and a treacherous techie in "Jurassic Park" took humorously to his Twitter account to dispel the...
  • Hoax caller who shut down freeway is sentenced to nine days in jail

    Hoax caller who shut down freeway is sentenced to nine days in jail
    SAN DIEGO -- A man who admitted making a hoax bomb threat that shut down a freeway for three hours on Thanksgiving has been sentenced to nine days in jail and ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution. Victor Diaz, 29, admitted making a cellphone...
  • Lake Forest, Libertyville, Vernon Hills police blotter: March 10

    Lake Forest, Libertyville, Vernon Hills police blotter: March 10
    The following items were taken from police records. Lake Forest: A 35-year-old North Chicago man was arrested at 4:36 p.m. Feb. 23, on Route 41 at Deerpath Road. He was charged with a felony DUI and driving on a revoked license. A 34-year-old Park...
  • Facebook hoax targets N.J. teen suing parents, lawyer says

    The New Jersey teenager who sued her parents to pay for college is the alleged victim of a Facebook hoax that appears to be fanning the flame of public disgust aimed at the teen. Rachel Canning woke up to a new round of outrage Friday morning. But,...
  • School lockdowns in Beverly Hills, San Clemente caused by hoaxes

    Two Southern California high schools were placed on lockdown Thursday as police investigated a bomb threat and a call of a student being held hostage at gunpoint. The two unrelated reports were deemed hoaxes by authorities. Beverly Hills police received...
  • Work Of Notorious Art Forgers At Springfield Museums

    Work Of Notorious Art Forgers At Springfield Museums
    SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — The new exhibit at the Springfield Museums will introduce art lovers to the legendary Han van Meegeren. Don't know who he is? You should. There never was anyone quite like him. In the late '30s and early '40s, the art expert...
  • GS Elevator: The 'Goldman Sachs' tattletale exposed

    GS Elevator: The 'Goldman Sachs' tattletale exposed
    For about three years, investment cognoscenti have been deviled by snarky comments on Twitter purporting to come from inside the elevator at Goldman Sachs, the investment banking firm that has long been a paragon of capitalism. The disdainful, pointed...
  • CNN, TMZ and Gawker Fall for Justin Bieber Hoax

    After rumors swirled that Justin Bieber was considering making a move to Atlanta, a local radio station pulled off the ultimate hoax, duping the likes of CNN, TMZ, Gawker, Time and the BBC, among other media outlets. According to CNN, a morning show on...
  • Lawmakers criticize hiring of Obamacare enrollers with criminal records

    California's health insurance exchange allowed 31 people with criminal records to be enrollment counselors for Obamacare coverage, drawing fire from Republican lawmakers. Two state legislators are calling for a hearing on the exchange's hiring practices...
  • R.I.P. (add name of famous person)

    R.I.P. (add name of famous person)
    When the news broke Sunday that Philip Seymour Hoffman died, it was hard to believe. Not because the actor was young and had a promising future - although that's true - but because word on the Internet was he was the subject of a death hoax the day...
  • Giant squid hoax, and other large creatures that aren't fake

    Giant squid hoax, and other large creatures that aren't fake
    If you frequent social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, chances are you've come across a photo of a giant squid that allegedly washed ashore along the Santa Monica coast line in California.  If you thought the photo was too bizarre to...