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.
There's an e-mail that's been going around for quite a while called "Bush's Resume" which lists a few dozen "accomplishments" of the president. This blog entry includes links to sites that attempt to refute the points of this dubious document.
A new scam is claiming that the FDIC has pulled insurance from millions of bank accounts. To get it back, you need to fill out a form ... which sends all your banking info to crackers overseas. Read the full story.
A tragedy-filled,tear-jerking e-mail claims you're a heartless if you don't forward an e-mail that will net a distraught mother .12 cents from AOL for every person you send it to.
But if you do forward it, what you'll be missing isn't your heart -- it'll be another essential organ that usually resides inside your skull.
Free money and Outback Steakhouse gift certificates await those who forward an e-mail tracking e-mail everyone in their address book. But like all of the emails promising big money and free stuff for annoying your friends and family, the RH Power Inc./Outback Steakhouse e-mail is a hoax.
An e-mail that claims that life won't be beautiful if you unleash a virus hidden in a Power Point attachment is a hoax.
The hoax says the name of this nefarious hoax is "Life is Beautiful" and claims it will simultaneously cause you to lose everything on your computer and give the evil hacker "life owner" control of your e-mail and password.
Fortunately, everything about this e-mail is bogus.
Here's the original hoax:
Jesus wants your soul. He also wants your hard drive. Or at least that's what the writer of the "It Take Guts to Say Jesus" virus hoax would have readers believe.
This hoax is ancient -- I got my first copy back in 1998, and it's actually the e-mail that inspired me to launch Nuketown's hoax debunking section. I received dozens of these e-mails from well meaning friends, and I finally snapped and decided to do something about it. Of course, years later these hoaxes -- even this one -- are still circulating, but I think Nuketown has played at least a small part in stemming the tide of idiocy.
An e-mail allegedly penned by veteran Dick Forrey claims that Target, the national chain of discount department stores, refuses to donate to veteran organizations.