Somewhere in America, someone is flashing their high beams at a car with their lights off ... invoking sudden death as gangbangers unleash a hail of bullets into their car, or so a hoax email would have us believe. In truth, there is no such crime being committed, not today, and not in 1993 when the hoax started spreading via fax machines.
DON'T FLASH HEADLIGHTS AT ANY CAR WITH NO LIGHTS ON!!
Snopes explains the context of this Barbara Bush quote "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? It's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" Read the full story.
The "WTC Survivor" virus hoax that first surfaced after 9/11 is back in circulation, almost unchanged since its initial release.
An e-mail claims that you can get your keys out of a locked car if you a) have keyless entry b) a friend has another set of keys for your car c) you both have cell phones and d) your friend triggers your remote set of keys while your on the phone with them. On problem with this brilliant scheme: it doesn't work. Read the full story.
The destructive power of gel candles is heralded by a scare e-mail claiming these candles are capable of destroying toilets and burning down houses. The e-mail has some facts right; gel candles can flare up, causing fires, the glass containers holding gel candles have shattered and there have been several gel candle recalls. But none of the recalls say anything about these candles exploding.
An hoax e-mail circulating since well before the November 2004 elections claims that congressmen sweet pension deal means they don't have to pay into Social Security.
The threat of the 809 phone scam--in which individuals try to trick people in the U.S. into calling a seemingly-national, but actually-international phone number--is blown ridiculously out of proportion by an e-mail circulating the net.