Virus Warnings and Other Common Hoaxes
Plus some actual dangers to watch for!
Email Facts of Life
Hoax Info Sites
More on the Disney/Gates Hoax
The number of hoax emails dropped for a while as netizens got the
word. However, seeing a lucrative new market, outright scams continue to proliferate and evolve. Desperate Nigerian princes may get less of a response, but clever deceptions and enticements continue to appear.
The spread of invisible-to-the-user malware remains steady, but the response time has speeded up -- if the computer user has kepts their own antivirus software properly updated.
The Art of the Con by R. Paul Wilson.
Several nations have established 'cyber warfare' departments, as have notorious hacker groups, and even a few sophisticated terrorist organizations.
Email Facts of Life
by Nancy Asmundson
I know this guy whose neighbor, a young man, was home recovering from
having been served a rat in his bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. So
anyway, one day he went to sleep and when he awoke he was in his bathtub and it was full of ice and he was sore all over. When he got
out of the tub he realized that HIS KIDNEYS HAD BEEN STOLEN and he saw a
note on his mirror that said "Call 911!" But he was afraid to use his
phone because it was connected to his computer, and there was a virus on his
computer that would destroy his hard drive if he opened an e-mail entitled
"Join the Crew!" He knew it wasn't a hoax because he himself was a
computer programmer who was working on software to save us from Armageddon when the
year 2000 rolls around. His program will prevent a global disaster in which all the
computers get together and distribute the $600 Neiman
Marcus cookie recipe under the leadership of Bill Gates. (It's true - I
read it all last week in a mass e-mail from BILL GATES HIMSELF, who was also promising me a free Disney World vacation and $5,000 if I would forward
the e-mail to everyone I know.) The poor man then tried to call 911 from
a pay phone to report his missing kidneys, but reaching into the coin-return
slot he got jabbed with an HIV-infected needle around which was wrapped a
note that said, "Welcome to the world of AIDS." Luckily he was only a
few blocks from the hospital-the same one, actually, where that little boy who is
dying of cancer, the one whose last wish is for everyone in the world to send him
an e- mail and the American Cancer Society has agreed to pay him a nickel for every
e-mail he receives. I sent him two e-mails and one of them was a bunch of x's and
o's in the shape of an angel (if you get it and forward it to twenty people you will
have good luck but ten people you will only have ok luck and if you send it to less
than ten people you will have BAD LUCK FOR SEVEN YEARS). So anyway the poor guy tried
to drive himself to the hospital, but on the way he noticed another car driving along
without his lights on. To be helpful, he flashed his lights at him and was promptly
shot as part of a gang initiation. And it's a little-known fact that the Y1K problem
caused the Dark Ages.
Spread the truth...
Please pass this message along. Don't believe everything you read!
Hoax Info Sites
Bill Gates Hoax
Circulating the Internet since November 1997, is a chain letter hoax claiming to be from the office of the chief executive of Microsoft Corporation. Although there are special variants, they all claim to be from Bill Gates and merely ask the receiver to forward the letter to other people.
( This same hoax enjoyed a strong (and hopefully brief) revival in the summer of 2008! And once again, in 2017, now spreading via Facebook messages!!!)
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And thank you for signing up for my Beta Email Tracking Application or (BETA) for short. My name is Bill Gates. Here at Microsoft we have just compiled an e-mail tracing program that tracks everyone to whom this message is forwarded to. It does this through an unique IP (Internet Protocol) address log book database.
We are experimenting with this and need your help. Forward this to everyone you know and if it reaches 1000 people everyone on the list you will receive $1000 and a copy of Windows98 at my expense. Enjoy.
Note: Duplicate entries will not be counted. You will be notified by email with further instructions once this email has reached 1000 people. Windows98 will not be shipped unitl it has been released to the general public.
Bill Gates & The Microsoft Development Team.
Disney Giveaway Hoax
August 1998 - Here's a new twist to the Bill Gates Chain Letter Hoax. This one concerns a giveaway by Disney. Walt Disney Company IS NOT responsible for any of the information contained in this chain letter.
Disney Worldwide Services states:
"There is no such product or offer made by Disney."
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Hello Disney fans,
And thank you for signing up for Bill Gates' Beta Email Tracking. My name is Walt Disney Jr. Here at Disney we are working with Microsoft which has just compiled an e-mail tracing program that tracks everyone to whom this message is forwarded to. It does this through an unique IP (Internet Protocol) address log book database.
We are experimenting with this and need your help. Forward this to everyone you know and if it reaches 13,000 people, 1,300 of the people on the list will receive $5,000, and the rest will receive a free trip for two to Disney World for one week during the summer of 1999 at our expense. Enjoy.
Note: Duplicate entries will not be counted. You will be notified by email with further instructions once this email has reached 13,000 people.
Walt Disney Jr., Disney, Bill Gates
& The Microsoft Development Team.
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