Email Hoaxes: How to tell if that email is real or a fake
Email Chain Letters and Hoaxes
The utter gullibility of many people never ceases to amaze our
staff. The range of hoax emails stretches from innocuous jokes that hurt nothing
but the pride of the sucker who responds, to nasty-grams that contain computer
viruses and worms.
Click on the links at the left for information about chain
letters, fake emails that contain viruses and more. For current cases, see
90# Turns your telephone over to someone else.
This is a hoax, verified by BellSouth and AT&T. 90# does
not allow someone to make charges to your telephone.
Bill Gates: This $1,000
or "send you to DisneyWorld Microsoft" for a "test of email" is one of the longest
running hoaxes we have seen. It is being sent with comments, those that tried it, a list
of people who are participating on some of them Bill Gates is not going
to give you $1000 and a free copy of Windows 98 to "test it."
or send the first 1,000 people who forward the emails to all their friends
to DisneyWorld. Please tell us you're not THAT stupid to believe this!!!!
- State Police
Warning: DON'T FLASH HEADLIGHTS AT ANY CAR WITH NO LIGHTS ON!!!!
- How Budweiser handles those who laughed at those who died on 11
Sept 2001 - It starts out with "Thought you'd like to know what happened in a town north of Bakersfield
California. Let others in our nation and people around the world will know
about those who laughed when they found out about the tragic events in New
York, PA and the Pentagon." And it's another fake.
- Budweiser Frog
This has been floating around in various versions. Here are three
versions. There are many others and to see them all and learn more about
hoaxes and myths, go to: http://www.kumite.com/myths
- Chain Emails-Many
come from "The Netherlands."
We never, ever forward them, and oddly, everyone at ConsumerFraudReporting
is doing very well!
FCC is going to raise the local internet
rates!!!!! No, they're not. Similarly, there is no plan to
tax email: The U. S. Postal service has published a
on their website. This one includes
a disclaimer by
'The Washingtonian' . If you search the
U. S. House of
Representatives Web site
you get hundreds of links addressing this hoax.
Girl with Cancer - There is no Jessica Mydek. There is no Jean
Ann Linney. Or ANY OTHER NAME. Get over it people. REAL
agencies and real people don't send out emails to the world begging for
help. The telephone and fax numbers are inoperable. There have
been so many inquiries the American Cancer Society has made this
statement regarding the fraudulent
Jessica Mydek Chain Letter and other emails. This statement may be
copied or reprinted by online users The American Cancer Society is greatly
disturbed by reports of fraudulent chain letters.
- Neil Armstrong:
Good night, Mr. Grosky - A great story, a great joke, but not true at all. This one has been
floating around so long people are starting to believe it is true. It is
not true. Here it is, completely false but reprinted for your
Neiman-Marcus Cookie Recipe
- Boy, you are really gullible if you believe this one. It has been
floating around the internet for over five years. The
department store never had a cookie recipe, no one was ever charged $250 in
error, and Visa may make mistakes, but this certainly isn't one of them.
drinking water bottles cause cancer hoax - Gullible or ignorant, it
doesn't matter, some people will believe anything they hear, especially if
it involves cancer.
Pen Pal Greeting or Join the Crew
- It used to be true that
you cannot get a virus from reading email. Now they can embed
viruses into images and especially with links that take you back to a
website. You can definitely get a virus
from downloading an executable file, such as one with a .exe or .dll at
the end of its title. So DON'T download any file with any executable
nature, unless you know who it is from. This particular virus warning, Pen Pal
Greeting or Join the Crew, is a hoax. However, if you do not keep
your browser (Netscape, Firefox or Internet Explorer) up to date, a
virus can enter your system.
- How Stanford Started
This one has been really circulating, making the rounds. It seems
everyone who sends it to me believes it is true. It is another hoax.
Foundation: send business cards to Craig Sheford Hoax
This was actually
often received by snail mail. A client of a major computer
company requested this be sent not only by email, but U.S.Mail. So they
did. They mailed the letter to all their clients to send their business
cards so the dying boy could get into the Guinness Book of Records.
There never was a Craig Sheford. Don't be fooled if it is another name,
it is the same chain letter hoax.
- Correct Your
Wrong. This is a method to "confirm your email address", so
the Spammers can sell it to others as "confirmed." You add your name,
rather than "remove" it.
- "Nutra Sweet" gives you cancer
- Missing Children,
tsunami and hurricane victims: Christine
Schmidt and others - Missing Child. I confirmed with the police department that the girl was
found ( July 11, 1997 ) one day after she was lost . This has been
circulating for almost two years. The police would really be delighted
if this were no longer being circulating. I recived this on March 25,
1999 with more than five hundred email address before this message.
Before you pass on anything on the Internet, please verify it.
Especially if it is almost two years old.
- Needle in Movie
Theater Chair -
This has been around as long as I can remember. While it sounds
plausible, it is made up.
- Elf Bowl -
A very popular Christmas game making the rounds. It does not
contain a virus that pops up at Christmas. It is a very good game. Don't
be afraid of it. Send the person who sent you the hoax a piece of coal
And if you want to see the humorous side of hoax emails,
read the spoof of the bubble-boy scams.