Dan's Hoax Page
I constantly receive email hoaxes. I get them forwarded to me by
otherwise intelligent people. For some reason, people are extremely
gullible when it comes to email. Just because someone composes an
email message doesn't mean it is true. Just because some says "It
is true, I checked" doesn't make it so.
When it comes to email messages, assume it is FALSE unless
you verify it. Especially if it asks you to forward it to other
The Anti-Hoax Letter
Here is an email I recieved about hoaxes. It sums up some of the
more popular hoaxes. Please read it. You can find a modifed (newer)
version of it at
Yanking the Chain - The Chain Letter Soapbox
1. Big companies don't do business via chain letters. Bill Gates is not
giving you $1000, and Disney is not giving you a free vacation.
There is no baby food company issuing class-action checks. Procter and Gamble
is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and its logo is not satanic. MTV
will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most
You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true".
Furthermore, just because someone said in a message, four generations
back, that "we checked it out and it's legit", does not actually make it true.
2. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in a
bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened to their
cousin. If you are hell-bent on believing the kidney-theft ring stories,
And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for
actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories.
None have." That's "none" as in "zero". Not even your friend's cousin.
3. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if
they do, we all have it. And even if you don't, you can get a copy at:
http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html Then, if you make the recipe,
decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on.
4. If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that went
to particulate over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this
information would reach the public via an AOL chain letter?
5. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact, you should never, ever, ever
forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm
that an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses.
Try: http://www.norton.com. And even then, don't forward it. We don't care.
And you cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to
download....ya know, like, a FILE!
[Dan's Note: This is not 100% true. If you read messages using
Microsoft Outlook, there are viruses you can catch just from reading
the email or previewing it. You can also get viruses by viewing
web pages if you are using Internet Explorer. Buy a virus scanner
and keep it updated.]
6. There is no gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes
headlights at another car driving at night without lights.
7. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape to write email, turn off the
"HTML encoding." Those of us on Unix shells can't read it, and don't care
enough to save the attachment and then view it with a web browser since
you're probably forwarding us a copy of the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe
8. If you still absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message from a
friend, at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of headers showing
everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months. It sure wouldn't hurt
to get rid of all the ">" that begin each line either. Besides, if it has gone
around that many times we've probably already seen it.
9. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying of
cancer or anything else at this time and would like everyone to stop sending
him their business cards. He apparently is no longer a "little boy" either.
10. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work, but
they have had to establish a special toll free hot line in response to the
large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation. It is
distracting them from the important work they do.
11. If you are one of those insufferable idiots who forwards anything that
"promises" something bad will happen if you "don't," then something bad will
happen to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley.
12. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, and PBS and NEA funding are
still vulnerable to attack (although not at the present time) but forwarding
an e-mail won't help either cause in the least. If you want to help, contact
your local legislative representative, or get In touch with Amnesty
International or the Red Cross. As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are
easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about
whatever the competition is complaining about.
(P.S.: There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long
distance companies to charge you for using the Internet.)
Bottom Line... composing e-mail or posting something on the Net is as easy
as writing on the walls of a public restroom. Don't automatically believe it
until it's proven false... ASSUME it's false, unless there is proof that
Now forward this to everyone you know or the program I just put on your Hard
drive while you read this E-mail will open up your CD-ROM and reach out and
slap you upside the head!
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