It’s a Hoax! New Deadly Spider Spreads Across USA

One of the latest internet hoaxes spreading around social media such as Facebook claims that a new deadly spider has been spotted in South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and other states. The fake story claims that five deaths have occurred this week due to the bite of the deadly spider and that the U.S. government is working on an anti-venom.

New Deadly Spider Spreads Across USA

However, the information is not true. A new deadly spider was not spotted and no one has died from a fake deadly spider bite.

NEW DEADLY SPIDER SPREADS ACROSS USA
August 21
THE SPIDER FROM HELL .FIVE PEOPLE HAVE DIED THIS WEEK DUE TO THE BITE OF THIS DEADLY SPIDER .THIS SPIDER WAS FIRST SEEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN JULY SINCE THEN IT HAS CAUSED DEATHS IN WEST VIRGINIA ,TENNESSEE AND MISSISSIPPI. ONE BITE FROM THIS SPIDER IS DEADLY. US GOVERNMENT WORKING ON A ANTI VENOM AT THIS TIME PLEASE MAKE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AWARE

The story about the deadly spider has been proven fake by numerous legitimate resources already.

The original story about the spider does not say what type of spider the deadly spider is but pictures of the alleged deadly spider have been published. In reality, the spider in the image is a Woodlouse Hunter Spider; a spider that has no history of causing harm to humans aside from itching on the bite area. There’s no need to be alarmed if you see this spider. It can be found on all major continents.

Furthermore, if 5 people had died from a new deadly spider in the United States it would be all over the news and published in posts by legitimate social media accounts; not some random guy trying to promote himself named¬†Gary Neaderhiser. Reputable content for “new deadly spider” and text related to 5 deaths this week are not found on search engines.

Also note, there are about 6.6 deaths in the USA from spider bites per year. 5 deaths in just a single week would have certainly made the news.

 

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an experienced tech author with experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, and more. He has written for numerous online publications.