I started Hoax-Slayer in 2003 as a service to the Internet community. The goal of the Hoax-Slayer website was to help make the Internet a safer, more pleasant and more productive environment by:
- Debunking email and Internet hoaxes
- Thwarting Internet scammers
- Educating web users about email and Internet security issues
- Combating spam
Work began on the Hoax-Slayer website in August 2003. Earlier in 2003, I created a Yahoo Email discussion group designed to debunk and expose hoaxes and scams. The idea for the Hoax-Slayer website grew out of this Yahoo group. In March 2004, I decided to close the Yahoo group and concentrate on adding information to the website and publishing an email newsletter.
Over the years, I was able to fund Hoax-Slayer by displaying ads provided by Google. Ads allowed me to keep the site online and publish accurate, up-to-date, and totally free information about hoaxes, scams, malware, and Internet security issues.
But the online advertising landscape has changed considerably since I first launched Hoax-Slayer. Advertising providers have become more and more aggressive and invasive. Ad systems such as Google Adsense increasingly encroach on the privacy and security of Internet users.
Because of these issues, I was no longer willing to display ads on the Hoax-Slayer website. But, of course, the site did not generate enough revenue to cover expenses without ads, and I did not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward. Other ways of monetizing the project proved unsuccessful.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material became increasingly difficult.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I felt it was time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
So, in May 2021, after considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I decided that the time had come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project 18 years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It’s been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
I want to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the Hoax-Slayer project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David’s support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
While the Hoax-Slayer website has now closed, I will continue debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams via Twitter.
And I will be writing about the Internet and many other things here on my personal blog.