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Category: Email Hoaxes
British Airways Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 18, 2003
British Airways officially denies an email hoax going around claiming that if you forward the message enough times you'll get a free flight.
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Al-Gebra Terrorist
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 15, 2003
Here's an email that's been making the rounds recently: At Heathrow Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a graphical calculator. Authorities believe he is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.
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Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2003
Apparently the old Kentucky Fried Chicken email hoax is still going around. I thought this one had died out ages ago. I guess the good ones never die out completely.
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Nigerian Email Conference
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2003
Applebees e-mail hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 31, 2002
A lot of people have been getting this e-mail in their inboxes:My name is Bill Palmer, founder of Applebees. In an attempt to get our name out to more people in the rural communities where we are not currently located, we are offering a $50 gift certificate to anyone who forwards this email to 9 of their friends. Just send this email to them and you will receive an email back with a confirmation number to claim your gift certificate. Sincerely Bill Palmer Founder of Applebees Visit us at: Hey guys, DONT DELETE THIS EMAIL It really works, I tried it and got my Gift certificate confirmation number in 3 minutes.Yes, it's a hoax! As confirmed on
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Nigerian Bank Scam Sendup
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 30, 2002
Laddery on the High Seas. A funny send-up of the Nigerian Bank Scam, in which a couple of lads string-along a scammer.
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Blue Peter Chain Letter
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 08, 2002
Beware the Blue Peter chain letter, should you ever receive it. It's a fake! (for Americans who don't know what Blue Peter is, it's a British tv show for kids). Some fear it may even provide encouragement to pedophiles.
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Email riot
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 23, 2002
A glitch in Wesleyan's email system sparked an e-mail riot when students realized that they were all plugged into a network that gave them access to the e-mail of every other student at the college.
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A credit to the human spirit
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 05, 2002
This letter has been doing the e-mail rounds. I don't think it's real.
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No Coke after Aug. 31st
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 26, 2002
As the first anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, I guess it's inevitable that the e-mail scare stories start up again. I remember that after Sept. 11 the big scare was that we weren't supposed to go to malls on Halloween. The new scare is that we're not supposed to drink Coke after August 31st. Good grief. I wouldn't believe this for a second. Here's the text of the e-mail that's going around:This is from me, Amy M. Fairburn. What I was told today has lead me to warn everyone that I know, because each and every one of us deserves to live.My neighbor (Nancy Cavinee) informed me that her mother overheard some shockingnews, while awaiting to get her hair cut…
Aug 2002: Top computer hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
The top ten computer viruses and hoaxes reported to Sophos in July.
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NPR Funding Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 27, 2002
Good description in the Christian Science Monitor of the NPR Funding hoax. I've got this in my e-mail a couple of times. It's the one in which you're asked to sign a petition to help save NPR. It's not real, so don't sign the thing if you get it. The CSM article ends on a glum note: "It would be nice to think that Americans in the 21st century are too savvy and intelligent to get collectively hookwinked by hoaxes, pranks, or propaganda. Don't you believe it."
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Starbucks Coupons
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Bogus coupons circulating through e-mail are causing a headache for Starbucks.
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The Nigerian Bank Scam
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
For more info about the Nigerian Bank Scam, check out Douglas Cruickshank's article in Salon from August 2001 in which he delved into the strange, seductive poetry of the Bank Scam missives. David Emery also had a piece about them in SF Gate in March 2002, while Ian Kaplan has collected many examples of the scam. Finally, the Embassy of Nigeria actually has a statement on its website from the Central Bank of Nigeria warning people about the swindle.
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Interview with a Nigerian Bank Scammer
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Wired also had a good article yesterday about the Nigerian Bank Scam, in which they interviewed a Nigerian student who actually used to compose the letters that were sent out to potential victims. The student says that the letters were purposefully designed to read like offbeat soap operas.
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