To many social media has become an everyday tool people use to share – or exaggerate – the best aspects of their lives.
From picture perfect selfies, to delicious Instagram meals and exotic holidays – the internet can make even the drabbest day seem sunny.
But for a select few, who take it a step too far, the internet is also prime territory to make a fool of themselves.
Hilarious pictures capture the moment liars get outed online – from dishonest DJs to bumbling businessmen – these images show there’s always someone waiting to topple a carefully built pack of lies.
With reports of growing racial discord on schools and college campuses across America, one person was caught out trying to engineer tensions by suggesting a student had tried to encourage segregation. Their ruse was foiled when a fellow student caught them in the act
Having your own music studio can mean many things: You’re creative, you have money to afford all the expensive equipment, and you’re probably quite cool. So it’s not wonder this Instagram user wanted others to think they had their own. Sadly, Google ruined their plan
Wrong Direction: This sports fan hoped to convince One Direction fans he’d bumped into Harry Styles – and relieved him of $100. Unfortunately for him Harry Styles happened to be typing his own name into Twitter at that very moment and burst his bubble
When the the conservative social and political commentator made a clumsy point about money, Chris Evans was there to sarcastically slap her down with a biting response
This haughty student hit out at his fellow students for their seeming arrogance at having read the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. Unfortunately, he then embarrassed himself by admitting he hadn’t read it himself – smooth
Everyone loves a cat picture – in fact to many, it’s what the internet was invented for – but this pet owner took the ‘cats in unexpected places’ trend too far but stuffing his moggy in an old beer box and pretending it had climbed in itself
When this plus sized woman went on a tirade about privileged men fatshaming her – and pointing to female genetics as the reason behind his curvy shape – she didn’t expect her own brother to step in who revealed their mother and sister weren’t overweight – just her
Schaden-fraud! This budding entrepreneur tripped himself up when his ‘brand new in box never worn’ before set of shades appeared twice on his Facebook page – once in the advert and once more in his profile picture
The internet has made hooking up easier than ever for those that want to. But the anonymity can lead to some people not being entirely honest about their looks. This man decided he’d have a better chance finding a partner using a Google image rather than his own – he just forgot to crop out his search in the image
Many people will one day experience being let go from their job. It’s a tough, trying time made easier by the support of friends. Sadly for this faker, his Facebook friend not only turned down the request for donations – they also outed him as a quitter
Gay marriage has proved a key symbol for many democracies to prove their liberal and enlightened credentials. But also fertile ground for hoaxers. These two brothers were unwittingly made pin-ups for gay marriage by an online troll
When Kim Kardashian shared a picture perfect selfie on herself on Twitter she backtracked suddenly and blamed her child toying with her phone. Not many were convinced however, with one comedian sending up her Tweet with his own version
Being a single mother is a difficult, rewarding job. But for some, not immediately rewarding enough, as one mother appeared to pen herself a touching tribute from her seven-year-old son. Unfortunately, she undid her good work with some particularly grownup handwriting
Internet pranksters divide the web. Some find their engineered social situations hilarious while others find them annoying and contrived. This YouTube prankster took it a step too far however, playing on cultural fears while on an airplane, making unfounded racism claims