Internet hoax: HIV Oranges

Beware of the HIV Oranges hoax which is trending again in various countries. The HIV Oranges internet hoax claims that Oranges from Libya have been infected with HIV.

The internet hoax continues to explain that the HIV Oranges might pose a danger to the health of individuals which might come in contact with the HIV Oranges.

HIV Oranges internet hoax

We have seen the HIV Oranges internet hoax in a English and Dutch version. The internet scam is shocking thousands of unaware people and they have every right to be shocked. In this post about the HIV oranges hoax we will take a look on the campaign and why it is fake!

The English version holds the following text:

Just saw the following on Facebook: The immigration services of Algeria recovered a large quantity of these oranges coming from Libya. These oranges were injected with positive tested HIV & AIDS blood.

The Dutch version uses the following text:

Koop geen sinaasappels hoor, heb net begrepen dat ze uit Algerije komen en ingespoten zijn met HIV besmet bloed, doorsturen aub.

Both HIV Oranges hoaxes are being shared via various social media platforms. We have seen this hoax being shared on Facebook and Whatsapp. It is possible that this hoax might be shared via other social media platforms like Twitter.

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Snopes has done previous research on the HIV orange hoax and their research concluded that in previous cases it was exceptionally rare that HIV was transmitted via food.  The Snopes research also concluded that the HIV Orange internet hoax is truly a internet hoax.

This is not the first time that scammers use these type of scenario’s, we have heard stories which included hiv infected needles which were put in public transport seats, and they were all fake.

So please stay aware of the HIV Oranges internet hoax and inform your environment if needed.

We have recently published a full guide on how to protect yourself and your computer against malicious internet users. The guide will provide you some simple rules and tips which you can use to protect yourself against internet scammers, cybercriminals and hackers. Learn more here.

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