Thursday, October 13, 2011

#Internet #hoax could #harm #dogs: the #cheese scam

If you let me in, I promise never to eat cheese

     Facebook hoax: New trend at dog parks, nails in pieces of cheese --- NOT!!!
      Summary: Scammers are pushing a sick hoax on Facebook, trying to warn users that dog owners should watch out for a supposedly malicious new trend.
     Facebook users are warning each other that dog owners need to keep an eye out for a horribly twisted prank: pieces of cheese with nails in them, strategically left in dog parks. While these people likely have good intentions, the truth is that this is a hoax and there isn’t any proof that this is really happening.
      Until just recently, I was a dog owner myself, and this hoax makes me sick to my stomach. The “warning” comes in the form of one of the following messages:
     New trend at dog parks, nails in pieces of cheese, if you take your dogs to dog parks, please be careful!!
     DOG PARK ALERT: We have received two notices. (1) Nails wrapped in cheese at dog parks in Chicago and Massachusetts (see pic). (2) from some friends that in Augusta Maine dog park, antifreeze is being found in doggie water bowls. Please beware and be careful and PLEASE SHARE and spread the word
     This hoax is spreading like wildfire on Facebook, despite there being any actual information. As Sophos and Snopes points out, this actually happened in a kennel, not a park, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July.
     In other words, this is definitely not a “new trend.” Also, don’t blindly copy and paste warnings just because your Facebook friend’s status tells you to do so. Although you probably mean well, you could be helping a hoax become more popular on the social network.
      Snopes agrees: a hoax.   
      My Comment: what evil jerk would come up with this hoax?  And do not pass it around: reading it, another jerk might actually decide to try doing it.
       BeDogSavvy Heather @BeDogSavvy  “Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.”  Arthur Schopenhauer

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