Hoaxes and Perpetrators

I believe that it is important as researchers and skywatchers to have the ability to recognize hoaxes and BS. It would seem silly to disagree with such obvious logic. That being stated, what is YOUR opinion on hoax perpetrators?
Let us view the circumstantial possibilities:

1) A hoax just for fun with no intention of passing it off as genuine phenomena, ie, taping glo-sticks to mylar balloons and sending them aloft over quiet neighborhooods on a calm summer night.

2) The opposite, outright lie and deception with any number of motivations, but with the intent to claim real experience.

Be curious to hear the general concensus.

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