Michael Clemens (Credit: Porter County Sheriff)

Valparaiso University Student Arrested In Hostage Hoax

A Valparaiso University student faces charges for allegedly calling police and falsely claiming he was armed and had taken hostages in a campus library.


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Sochi Wolf Video Turns Out To Be A Hoax

The girl cried wolf!


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Think You Can’t Get ‘Catfished’ Online? 2 Women Tell Their Stories

Move over, Manti Te’o. Two women tell CBS 2’s Brad Edwards how they were duped online by “men” they never met in person.


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Manti Te’o Denies Creating Hoax

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o insisted he had no role in the bizarre hoax involving his “dead” girlfriend and told ESPN on Friday night that he was duped by a person who has since apologized to him.


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Notre Dame AD To Te’o: Time To Speak Up

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says star linebacker Manti Te’o and his family were planning to go public about him being the victim of a hoax before an online report scooped them.


Manti T'eo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Te’o Spoke About ‘Girlfriend’ Twice After Supposedly Learning She Was A Hoax

An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 11.


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Story Of Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend Was A Hoax

A story that Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o’s girlfriend had died of leukemia — a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship game — was dismissed by the university Wednesday as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2013

A 33-year-old Sandwich, Ill. woman is accused of lying about being raped by a police impersonator this week. (CBS)

Fabricated Rape Story Cost Taxpayers More Than $17,000 In Police Work

A 33-year-old married mother of two sent investigators scrambling after she told them she was sexually assaulted by a man posing as a cop. Police say it was a lie that cost taxpayers plenty.



ClownBloq To Media: The Joke Is On You

The Clown Bloq – a protest group that claimed it would dress in clown makeup and throw pies as political opponents during the NATO Summit – now says it was all a hoax from the beginning and was designed to con the media.

CBS Chicago–05/19/2012


Dad Charged With Hoax After Claiming Own Daughter An Abandoned Child

A 23-year-old man has turned himself into Chicago police, after making up a story about finding a 2-year-old girl alone in a stroller earlier this month — when the girl was actually his own daughter.

CBS Chicago–05/14/2012

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Man Institutionalized After Oak Forest Standoff Hoax

A man has been taken to an institution, after pulling a hoax in Oak Forest last week by making police think he was an armed and dangerous hostage-taker.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2011

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Police: Kidnapping Is A Hoax

A college student told Bourbonnais police she was abducted on Halloween and held for seven hours by a man who kissed her repeatedly.


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Police: Halloween Candy Tampering Was Hoax

A 16-year-old boy is charged with a felony, after he allegedly created a hoax that someone was tampering with trick-or-treat candy being given to kids in Schaumburg.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2010