Menu
News

Spider hoax: Don't get bitten by dodgy email warning

A spider hoax email is doing the rounds on the Northern Rivers.
A spider hoax email is doing the rounds on the Northern Rivers. Rebecca Lollback

AN EMAIL warning about a new, "dangerous" breed of spider that is "breeding at a rate of knots" is just a hoax, authorities have warned.

The email states: "Watch out for this spider - looks like a daddy long legs only much larger - this one is dangerous.

"This is a new spider, so please take note ... has been found all over Eastern Australia ... looks similar to a huntsman. Much bigger than a white-tail.

"Please take note of this spider - it is very dangerous.

"This spider is breeding at a rate of knots and is found in more and more houses and gardens.

"If it looks like a huntsman and you are not sure ... unfortunately, but for your safety's sake ... KILL IT!!!!"

The email shows a picture of a spider and then a series of pictures of a man's hand, which develops a flesh-eating condition after supposedly being bitten by the spider.

At the end of the email, the reader is urged to "forward this email to anyone here in Australia that you know".

The Red Cross logo is included.

But the Australian Red Cross explains on its website: "An email warning purporting to come from Australian Red Cross about an Australian spider bite is not an official communication.

"We do not send unsolicited emails with health warnings, and therefore cannot verify any of the information contained in this email, so please do not forward it on."



WATCH: Moment young Ballina boy sees for the first time

Max Geoghegan, 7, needs glasses that cost $13,000.

FOR LITTLE Max Geoghegan life is literally a blur.

'OMG!': Olivia Newton-John spotted at Kyogle

Olivia Newton-John was spotted at Kyogle over the weekend.

"Wait what? OMG I would have loved to have seen her!"

VIDEO: Why Mullum Music Fest is so good for the town

MIRACLE: The music parade went ahead despite some wet weather.

Director Glenn Wright said the event will not grow any bigger

Local Partners