pull a hoax (on someone)

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pull a hoax (on someone)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (against someone). It turns out that the supposed alien visitors that people had been seeing were just a bunch of teenagers pulling a hoax on the town. I've got a great plan to pull a hoax on the school for April Fools' Day. The fake article had been in print in the renowned scientific journal for more than a week before its author revealed that he had pulled a hoax when he decided to submit it.
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This is not the first time such as hoax has gone viral.
Authorities along with a K9 unit and a bomb-defusing robot found it to be a hoax bomb.
Redcar and Cleveland Council's cabinet member for children Cllr Craig Hannaway said: "While there are no specific plans in place for hoax callers, the council will be reminding schools in Redcar and Cleveland that it would be advisable for schools to consider drafting plans, using national guidance, for such an event in light of recent incidents.
When the operator points out that his number has been used to make hoax calls before, the man says: "Oh don't worry about that.
Seven schools in Birmingham and the Black Country received similar hoax bomb threats this week.
There were no postcodes with more hoax calls than the CV6, CV1 and CV2 areas combined in the entire region, which includes Birmingham, Staffordshire and the Black Country.
Overall there has been a decline in the number of hoax calls received by the service, with 378 in 2013 compared to 124 as of October this year.
Ryanair sincerely apologises to the customers of the outbound Oslo flight for any inconvenience caused by this hoax call," the airline said in a statement.
Group manager Gary Oakford, who leads the service's prevention department, said: "Merseyside fire and rescue service has a proactive policy to tackle hoax callers robustly and all hoax calls received are investigated, with evidence given to Merseyside Police.
Another common hoax is where an email contains embedded links directing customers to a phishing website to gather personal details, Mr Kane said.
While medics, the force's helicopter, local police and some of our firearms officers were dealing with this hoax, they were not looking after real victims and preventing real crimes.
Sydney: One of the Australian radio hosts at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy in which a nurse was found hanged returned to the airwaves on Monday.
Durham Police adopted a new tougher stance against the issue after staff from the force's communications centre came up with a hoax call "challenge policy" at a workshop.
Six hoax calls a day are being being made every day to the Scottish ambulance service, figures show.
HOAX calls to the emergency services have cost an estimated pounds 3.