A new e-mail is circulating the net claiming that the Bush administration is quietly attempting to bring back the draft, with an eye towards springing it on the country in Spring 2005, after the elections are over. In truth, while almost all of the elements in the e-mail are true -- there are draft bills before the Legislature, the Selective Service has been overhauling it's operations -- the spin the e-mail gives them is dubious at best.
While the specific text of an e-mail claiming a rapist is masquarading as a police officer may be bogus, Snopes says that this sort of thing has happened before. They recommend calling 911 if you are in danger though; the #77 number mentioned in the e-mail isn't used by all police departments. Read the full story.
Hackers are attempting to "phish" for the account numbers and passwords of U.S. Bank members by sending them a false "account update" form via e-mail. U.S. Bank explains the scheme on their Web site. Read the full story.
Al-Qaida telemarketers and a Satan-loving J.K. Rowling are two of the hoax stories that have been featured in The Onion humor zine ... and believed true by individuals around the world. Read the full story.
An old e-mail hoax featuring the Budweiser Frogs has recently re-surfaced with a slighly re-tooled message of digital destruction.
The original version of the e-mail, which I last remember seeing when the Budweiser Frogs were still popular (about 1999) just promised to destroy your hard drive. But in keeping with the times, the new version also claims the virus will also steal your screen name and password and send it to "someone" on the net. That's last bit is a real tactic that some viruses try, but it doesn't make this hoax any more true.