fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

The purpose of this site is to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of "hate crimes" committed (mostly) in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the original book on this subject. The books Hate Crime Hoax and Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics are recommended, as are the websites Watching the Watchdogs and Fake Hate Map.

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538. College student charged with faking hate crime against herself / California’s La Verne Police Department said it determined that last year’s “series of threats” against a University of La Verne student group and its leader Anayeli Dominguez-Pena were actually sent b / 2020-03-11
541. Racist threats and attacks that rattled a California university campus were faked, police say / Numerous racist attacks occurred at La Verne University. Some students blamed the university for allowing racism to fester. Now the police have charged Dominguez Peña with faking the whole thing, inclu / 2020-0
543. Smells like Smollett: California student faces felonies for allegedly faking violent hate crimes / Dominguez Peña is facing multiple felony charges for fake hate crimes. “It was also distressing to think about the fact that racism in the United States is so profoundly a part of the lives of peopl / 202
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


La Verne CA

A student who reported herself as a victim of a hate crime has been charged with faking it. She allegedly sent “a series of racially-based threats” against La Verne students, including herself.