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Examples of Hoaxes


There are many variants to hoax emails. With each new version that appears, hoaxes make use of various stratagems or tricks to seem as much credible and real as possible.
Do not respond to these emails, they are hoaxes!

Here are some variants of Microsoft hoax:


Subject: FW: VIRUS
Message:

IMPORTANT, URGENT - ALL SEEING EYE VIRUS! PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR. If you receive an email titled "We Are Watching You!" DO NOT OPEN IT! It will erase everything on your hard drive. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM, FBI and Microsoft states that this is a very dangerous and malicious virus, much worse than the "I Love You," virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time.

Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people on your address book will know about it. Pass this warning along to EVERYONE in it and please share it with all your online friendsASAP so that this threat may be stopped.


Subject: Microsft piracy letter.
The hoax claims that the recipient has pirated versions of Microsoft software on his computer, and demands the recipient to reply on the sharpmail address.

Dear Customer,

Advancements in internet technology mean we are able to track the use of
Microsft © products. It enables us to analyse its use to aid us in the new
version redevelopments. Whilst this is one of the key uses of the internal
software distributed with all Microsft © products it also plays a part in
discovering Piracy of software.
We have discovered that you are using Pirate versions of Microsft ©
software, which is pursuable in a criminal court as Fraud, in addition to
this, it breaches our copyright which we can pursue in a civil court.
We are hereby giving you notification to remove Pirate versions of our
products immediately. Failing to do this we will have no alternative but to
take legal action.

Best Regards,
Neil Henderson
Microsft © Piracy Department

REPLYING PLEASE NOTE : To reply to this email click this link
http://www.sharpmail.co.uk/xxxxxxxxxx This email is sent
using Encrypter(R) software for the highest email security. Failing to reply
to the email via the link above will result in your reply NOT being
received.


Subject: Microsoft E-Mail Tracking System hoax
ALIAS: Netscape and AOL Merger hoax
ALIAS: Microsoft and AOL E-mail Beta Test hoax
ALIAS: Intel and AOL Class Action Suit hoax
ALIAS: Intel and AOL Merger hoax

Netscape and AOL have recently merged to form the largest
internet company in the world. In an effort to remain at pace
with this giant, Microsoft has introduced a new email tracking
system as a way to keep Internet Explorer as the most popular
browser on the market. This email is a beta test of the new
software and Microsoft has generously offered to compensate
those who participate in the testing process.

For each person you send this email to, you will be given $5.
For every person they give it to, you will be given an
additional $3. For every person they send it to you will receive
$1. Microsoft will tally all the emails produced under your name
over a two week period and then email you with more
instructions. This beta test is only for Microsoft Windows users
because the email tracking device that contacts Microsoft is
embedded into the code of Windows 95 and 98.

I know you guys hate forwards. But I started this a month ago
because I was very short on cash. A week ago I got an email from
Microsoft asking me for my address. I gave it to them and
yesterday I got a check in the mail for $800. It really works.
I wanted you to get a piece of the action. You won't regret it.


Subject: differs from version to version

I am forwarding this because the person who sent it to me is a
very professional business person and a good friend and does not
send me junk.

Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet company and in an
effort make sure that Internet explorer remains the most widely
used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.
When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and
will track it (if you are a Microsoft Windows user) for a two
week time period.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will
pay you $245.00, for every person that you sent it to that
forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every
third person that receives it, you will be paid $241.00. Within
two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then
send you a check. I thought this was a scam myself, but two
weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on,
Microsoft contacted me for my e-mail and within days, I received
a check for $24,800.00.

You need to respond before the beta testing is over.

If anyone can afford this Bill Gates is the man. It's all
marketing expense to him.

Do Well!!!


I'm an attorney, and I know the law. This thing is for real.
Rest assured AOL and Intel will follow through with their
promises for fear of facing an multimillion dollar class action
suit similar to the one filed by Pepsico against General
Electric not too long ago. I'll be damned if we're all going to
help them out with their e-mail beta test without getting a
little something for our time.

My brother's girlfriend got in on this a few months ago. When I
went to visit him for the Baylor/UT game she showed me her
check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped "Paid In
Full". Like I said before, I know the law, and this is for
real. If you don't believe me you can email her at
[email protected] She's eager to answer any questions you
guys might have. Thanks, Dirk. I know I'm already in.

Moore, Dirk wrote: If you don't do this, you must be really,
really dumb.


From: James M. Schwarnica

This is not a joke. I am forwarding this because the person who
sent it to me is a good friend and does not send me junk. Intel
and AOL are now discussing a merger which would make them the
largest Internet company and in an effort to make sure that AOL
remains the most widely used program, Intel and AOL are running
an e-mail beta test. When you forward this e-mail to friends,
Intel can and will track it (if you are a Microsoft Windows
user) for a two week time period.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will
pay you $203.15, for every person that you sent it to that
forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $156.29 and for every
third person that receives it, you will be paid $17.65 Within
two weeks, Intel will contact you for your address and then send
you a check. I thought this was a scam myself, but a friend of
my good friend's Aunt Patricia, who works at Intel actually got
a check for $4,543.23 by forwarding this e-mail.

Try it, what have you got to lose????


Subject: FW: PLEEEEEASE READ!!!!! It was on the news! SORRY EVERYBODY.....JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!!

I'm an attorney, and I know the law. This thing is for real.
Rest assured
AOL and Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of
facing a multimillion dollar class action suit similar to the one
filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ago.

Dear Friends,
Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates is sharing his
fortune. If you ignore this you will repent later. Microsoft and AOL
are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure
that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft
and AOL are running an e-mail beta test. When you forward this e-mail
to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (if you are a Microsoft
Windows user) for a two week time period. For every person that you
forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00, for every
person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you
$243.00 and for every third person that receives it, you will be paid
$241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your
address and then send you a cheque. Regards.
XXX
I thought this was a scam myself, but two weeks after receiving this
e-mail and forwarding it on, Microsoft contacted me for my address and
within days, I received a cheque for US$24,800.00. You need to
respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can afford this
Bill Gates is the man. It's all marketing expense to him. Please
forward this to as many people as possible. You are bound to get at
least US$10,000.00. We're not going to help them out with their
e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time. My
brother's girlfriend got in on this a few months ago. When I went to
visit him for the Baylor/UT game. She showed me her check. It was
for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped "Paid In Full". Like I said
before, I know the law, and this is for real. Try it, what have you
got to lose????

 


 
 

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