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Category: Email Hoaxes
British Airways Hoax — British Airways officially denies an email hoax going around claiming that if you forward the message enough times you'll get a free flight.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

Al-Gebra Terrorist — 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.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2003.   Comments (0)

Finger-Lickin — 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.
Posted: Thu May 29, 2003.   Comments (1)



Applebees e-mail hoax — 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…
Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2002.   Comments (4)

Nigerian Bank Scam Sendup — Laddery on the High Seas. A funny send-up of the Nigerian Bank Scam, in which a couple of lads string-along a scammer.
Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2002.   Comments (1)

Blue Peter Chain Letter — 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.
Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2002.   Comments (0)

Email riot — 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.
Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2002.   Comments (0)

A credit to the human spirit — This letter has been doing the e-mail rounds. I don't think it's real.
Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2002.   Comments (0)

No Coke after Aug. 31st — 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…
Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2002.   Comments (2)

Aug 2002: Top computer hoaxes — The top ten computer viruses and hoaxes reported to Sophos in July.
Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2002.   Comments (0)

NPR Funding Hoax — 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."
Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2002.   Comments (0)

Starbucks Coupons — Bogus coupons circulating through e-mail are causing a headache for Starbucks.
Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2002.   Comments (6)

The Nigerian Bank Scam — 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.
Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2002.   Comments (0)

Interview with a Nigerian Bank Scammer — 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.
Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2002.   Comments (1)

Dr. Pepper Pledge of Allegiance — Got a few e-mails about the Dr. Pepper/Pledge of Allegiance issue that's circulating through e-mail. Here's the text of the e-mail that people are receiving: Just sharing the info with you that I received! For those who have not heard, the bottlers/manufacturers of Dr. Pepper and their other products, have started a "new" can campaign. They are putting patriotic scenes on them. One, is the Empire State Bldg. with the pledge of allegiance...but ... they left off the words..."under God".…
Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2002.   Comments (2)

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