“Hey Bro, will you please WhatsApp message me that?” or “Buddy, please forward me that on WhatsApp!” are examples of the latest trend that people have been attracted to. Earlier the proverb people followed was, ‘Neki kar aur dariya mein daal’ (Do a kind favour, but do not boast); but the latest is Do whatever you want, but boast about it on WhatsApp. Such is the craze of the common man is that whatever act he’s doing or whichever place he is going to, he will share it with his friends through WhatsApp message. (Also read: WhatsApp Users: 11 kinds of WhatsApp Friends you have in your contact list!)

The social networking application has not only made the Short Message Service (SMS) an enigma, it has transformed the way people communicate to each other these days. Forwarding funny messages, hilarious images and short-yet-cute videos to your relatives, friends and colleagues is what people like to do 24 x 7. But as they say nothing is perfect, WhatsApp messages have its shortcomings too. Forwarding rumours and messages without cross-checking is slowly creeping over the enthusiastic world of social messaging. Term it a call of faith, fear or joy; people randomly forward WhatsApp messages which have no evidence to back or which later turn out to be a hoax. (Also read: Best WhatsApp Messages: Top 14 funny WhatsApp Forwards of 2014 you would like to send to your friends)

We have had enough seen lists of funny and comic messages, but we at India.com bring to you a list of hoax messages which were doing the rounds in the year 2014:

1. Delhi Police issues a fatwa against drinking Frooti! Are you kidding me?

WhatsApp message reads: Important message from Delhi Police all over India: For the next few weeks do not drink any product of Frooti, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). It was shown yesterday on NDTV. Please forward this message urgently to people you care. Take Care.. Share it as much as you can. Every life is precious. Do your bit, I did mine.

2. WhatsApp to go green? OMG!

WhatsApp message reads: This is the last message from WhatsApp. Kindly send this to 20 people to register yourself in free-WhatsApp mode. If you send this, you will receive green ticks. The blue ticks are fake and was just and update. Wait for the green tick. Facebook and WhatsApp combined is the new version. Send this ASAP.

3. Narendra Modi urges to avoid using Internet. Oh really?

4. Ebola reaches Maharashtra. RUN RUN RUN!

5. WhatsApp again! An update was circulated as an hoax, yet again!

Message reads: From Saturday morning WhatsApp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts, send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue and will remain free. As discussed in the paper today, WhatsApp will cost Euro 0.01 per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do, the light will turn blue otherwise WhatsApp will activate billing… Its True… You get blue ticks!

The only thing one should keep in their mind is to see that whatever message they are forwarding on WhatsApp or any other social messaging app such as Hike, WeChat, Jongla, Viber, Nimbuzz or whatever, is true or not. Please do not forward a WhatsApp message just for the sake of it. After all, a wrong message if forwarded to en masse, one cannot predict the outcome. So next time you come across any such message, stop it right there and ask the sender of its credibility. If it turns out to be a hoax, tell him to tell the fact to one one who sent him this message. This is a simpler way of stopping all such hoax messages. In a nutshell, why would one like to spoil the concept of social messaging with the stupid acts of forwarding hoax messages? (Also read: List of Black Money holders in Swiss Bank accounts leaked by WikiLeaks?)