An e-mail urging folks to search for an alleged virus-infected filed called "sulfnbk.exe" on their Windows computer is a hoax.
This harmless file exists on most Windows 95, Me, and 98 machines, and is not evidence of a virus infection. Deleting it won't destroy your computer, but it will make you feel very silly when someone tells you the real deal.
A e-mail from alleged Cracker Barrel founder “Junior Johnson” is circulating inboxes, promising folks a $50 gift certificate if they forward an e-mail to nine of their friends. It’s a hoax.
The dramatic photo that depicts a blissfully unaware tourist smiling for a snapshot moments before a hijacked 767 smashed into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center is a hoax.
News reports say America's intelligence agencies had no warning that terrorists were going to seize four planes and use them to launch devastating acts of war against New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
They should have been reading their Nostradamus -- the cryptic old sage predicted the attacks. Or so says a hoax that's circulating around the net.
A e-mail hoax claims that a nefarious AOL user named OldNavyBaby14 is stalking the backwoods of America Online's Instant Messenger, IMing people and then thrashing their hard drives into digital oblivion.
Outraged animal lovers around the world are filling their friends' inboxes with e-mails decrying the Bonsai Kitten, a web site that offers to sell custom-shaped cats. Inspired by bonsai plants, the web site claims that kittens are raised inside specially-designed glass bottles while their bones are still young and malleable. After months of "shaping", the final cat is contorted beyond belief and available for sale to upscale clientelle around the world.
But it's all a joke. A cruel joke to be sure, but it is definitely a joke.
Here's the original e-mail:
This version was collected on Jul 22, 2001:
Rape is a scary subject, and nothing to joke about. Yet some sicko must of thought it was pretty damn funny, and launched a hoax that's scaring people around the world.
The hoax -- which has been circulating via e-mail since 1999 -- claims that a new drug called Progesterex which is being used with a "date rape" drug called Rohypnol. Women dosed with these drugs wake up the next morning without remembering a thing, and -- worse yet -- are completely steralized. The e-mail warns that this terrible duo is about to wash across college campuses.
Or so says the hoax. In reality, so such drug exists.
A mother who was tricked by Neiman-Marcus into buying their cookie recipe for $250 is getting her revenge by giving away the pricey culinary instructions on the Internet.
Sounds tasty, but this story is an urban legend, and has been circulated in the off-line world for decades. Here's the original e-mail:
This version was collected on January 19, 2001:
FOR COOKIE LOVERS EVERYWHERE:
A little background: Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already is a very
expensive store i.e. they sell your typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00.
An internet hoax is claiming that an e-mail titled "An Internet Flower For You" contains a virus that destroys hard drives by eating important little files called dynamic link libraries (DLLs).
Fortunately, this virus does not exist.
An urban legend about a kidnapped child has been combined with a true story about Wal-Mart's "Code Adam" program to create a horrifying half-truth-filled e-mail.