…but they do morph, from time to time.
I’ve recently seen a couple of chain letters relating to supporting the armed forces that particularly irritate me: as it happens, I do have a close relative serving in the army, and I’m pretty sure that he won’t think we don’t care about him if we don’t wear red on Fridays or forward chain letters.
A former colleague of my wife’s just forwarded a variation on the “forward this and get a free phone” sub-group of hoaxes that offers a free Sony-Ericsson laptop. (Love the graphic, but the T18 is a phone, not a laptop!)
At NASA, David Morrison has posted his response to the drivel about the world ending in 2012 that has been circulating lately:
And Graham Cluley has blogged on an old favourite that just recrossed his path:
IF A PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK ) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON'T OPEN THE MESSAGE. DELETE IT BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!
Thanks, Graham, but the stuff about the cardboard cutouts is too much information. 🙂
Randy Abrams and I did a reserve paper for VB2009 on the whole hoax thing that should be going up on ESET’s white papers page (http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers.php) soon. I’ll put the link up here when it does.