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Hoaxes And Scams

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Hoaxes and Scams





Well, don't be TAKEN by a hoax.

Back to CC Home Page

This page is about hoaxes, warnings, chain letters, forwards, and other

such junk e-mail.

Be smart!  Ignore all warnings about viruses, even if they are

sent by well meaning friends or fellow employees.

If a warning does not come from your antivirus software or the maker

of your antivirus software, or your ISP,

then ignore it.  If you have to depend on notices by other users,

then you aren't protected.

If you don't have a good anti virus program installed and updated regularly,

then you are asking for trouble.

Now, I must address those incessant


Do you insist on forwarding messages, stories, warnings, pictures,

etc., ?

Then STOP it.

Have you ever ASKED the recipients of your messages if they WANT your


Have you even THOUGHT about being polite enough to ask if they want

your forwards?

If you feel "offended" when someone asks you to stop sending forwarded


then you should realize that your unsolicited forwards are an offense.

But if you must offend everyone in your address book, with "forwards"

then at least have the decency to include an option for the recipient

to request no more forwards.

Unsolicited forwarded messages are no different than spam.

To employ a word from the King's grammar, I think forwards are froward.



forward non-personal, non-verifiable,


Do you know (or care) what God thinks of froward people?

Read the following scripture to learn how God responds to a froward


Hopefully, you'll stop forwarding.

(You'll find "froward" in Deuteronomy 32:20; 

2 Samuel 22:27, Psalms 18:26;  101:4,

Proverbs 2:12; 2:15; 3:32; 8:13; 10:31; 11:20;

16:28; 22:5 and 1 Peter 2:18)

The Urban

Legend Combat Kit is a FREE collection

of canned responses to combat Internet myths and urban legends. When someone

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you receive the KFC email,

(I've purposely posted it in small font, to MAKE

it difficult to read.)

PLEASE, as with ALL chain letters, hoaxes,

and urban legends DELETE  it !!!

Be smarter than the one who

sent it, and  DELETE it.

>  Kentucky Fried Chicken was an American tradition

for many years. Its founder's success story ranks up there with

> other greats like Ray Krock (McDonald's). So why did

Kentucky Fried Chicken change its name to KFC?

>  A recent study of KFC done at the University

of New Hampshire found some very upsetting facts. We thought the real

> reason it became KFC was to make the connotation of

'fried' food less conspicuous to a heart-healthy conscious

> America. It's not. The reason why they call it KFC

is because they can not use the word chicken anymore.

> The reason? KFC does not use real chickens. They actually

use genetically manipulated organisms. These so called

> "chickens" are kept alive by tubes inserted into their

bodies to pump blood and nutrients throughout their structure.

> They have no beaks, no feathers, and no feet. Their

bone structure is dramatically shrunk to get more meat out of

> them. This is great for KFC because they do not have

to pay so much for their production costs. There is no more

> plucking of the feathers or the removal of the beaks

and feet.

> The government has told them to change all of their

menus so they do not say chicken anywhere. If you look closely

> you will notice this.  Listen to their commercials,

I guarantee you will not see or hear the word chicken. I find this matter

> to be very disturbing - I mean, you know... as for

me, if it doesn't cluck like a chicken, it just isn't a chicken.

> But then too, that 'special recipe' has a taste, a

flavor, that just isn't available anywhere else on the face of the earth.

>  As for me, their "original" can't be beat. So

I guess I will just join the twenty-first century and keep enjoying my

>  "Kentucky Fried Whatever it is"... Kind of makes

me wonder what folks will be eating come 2099...



from a bi-monthly ezine called  Neat

Net Tricks.

Because this advice is SO right,  I'm passing it on

to you.

Pastor Steve Zumalt.


From Neat Net Tricks



It’s been awhile since I discussed hoaxes such

as such-and-such virus that will totally demolish everything within 500

yards of your computer and cause all your frozen foods to thaw overnight.

I recommend readers visit http://kumite.com/myths

before going into a panic and passing on more scares.

Please…. next time you get a virus warning, or

other possible hoax, take just a minute to slide over to that link and,

chances are, you’ll find the hoax discussed there in sufficient depth to

dispel your fears; and, you won’t be tempted to waste further bandwidth

by passing the scare on to others.

And, if that link hasn’t convinced you, then try

one or both of these:



While on the subject of hoaxes, let's include


letters and YES even "urgent prayer requests."


know, those little messages you receive on ICQ, in Email, all over the

net, tugging at your heartstrings, about a little boy or girl who is dying

and the only way he or she won’t die is if you send the message to 10 other


 And that message with the header, "If

you delete this, you really don't have a heart."  That's pretty

good proof that it's a hoax, and nothing more than a chain letter. After

all, why would you send it to someone who might delete it? And if you don't

know them any better than that, then you really aren't in agreement with

them in faith anyway.

Duhhhh!  Wake up!   Exercise your

faith to increase wisdom, discretion and common sense. Think!

A little common sense would help eliminate a

lot of stupidity. God USE to wink at ignorance. But He now requires all

men everywhere to repent.

"Stupid, naive Christians"

There is no petition before the

FCC to remove all religious broadcasting from the airwaves. 


we should start forwarding a  "Stupid, naive Christians"

alert:  (as one Pastor called it. Thanks much Pastor.)

There is no such petition before

the FCC to remove all religious broadcasting from the airwaves.  I

have a file in my office of copies of the same false petition that resurfaces

about every three years among "concerned" Christians. And I also have several

articles from reputable sources,  proving there is no truth to the


Murray O'Hare rumor.

  What has happened over the

past 15-20 years is that millions of people have wasted time, postage,

money and energy on a scam that makes Christians look like gullible, uninformed,

over-reactors.  I understand people's concern when they hear stuff

like this. But the FCC was even quoted as saying they would never entertain

such a policy because of the First Amendment! 

Send this correction to whomever

you think has heard the false information and maybe we can stop the madness. 

There are many (REAL) worthwhile causes to which we can give our time and


 Another large hoax focuses on a farfetched

account of “kidney harvests” or ...   some billionaire who (non-verifiable

of course) will pay .05 cents for each time a message is forwarded.  

Now come on! Have you EVER reported to ANYONE that you forwarded or received

an email?   It goes on and on, ad nauseum. 

One's relationship with God

 We should spend our time on real issues.

We definitely don't need to expend good energy, emotion, or bandwidth based

on "guilt" over some email message. One's relationship with God, or God's

love toward us, is NOT based on whether we forward, or return some ditty

email to the one's in our address books.  Thank God for that!

So, before you pass on the "Amanda

Bundy" prayer request, please click on her name for an update.

Or, the one about,  Rev.

Hutchinson, the missionary in West Africa 

Advice:  just don’t

pass them on. 

Read them, and believe them if YOU want to.

But for the rest of us, we prefer to discartd


You should at least take the time to check things


Go to the US Department of Energy's


Incident Advisory Capability

OR  http://ciac.llnl.gov

Now, repeat after me:

"I won't spread rumors about another virus.

I will first look it up to see if it's a hoax"


it usually is.)

"I won't forward another chain letter of any


It only makes me look stupid." (though

I'm really not.)

Unless you keep forwarding chain

letters after reading this message.


Neat Net Tricks

Web site




Rev. Hutchinson, the missionary

in West Africa



REQUEST"  e-mail about Rev. Hutchinson,

the missionary in West Africa who is allegedly on trial

for murdering a 16-year-old young man is false.  It has a "seed" of

truth that has been built up into a "rumor tree" and has been floating

around since May of 1999. If you receive more questions or emails about

this situation please refer people to the website where the article concerning

this can be found: http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news-05-28-99.html

The following is the text of the note that is found at

this web site.

Thanks for being concerned and do continue to pray for

the safety of all

missionaries.  In Christ,  Duane

"We begin today looking at a rumor circulating via e-mail

that has

created confusion and unnecessary concern for a West

African missionary.

Mark Kelly, with the Southern Baptist International Mission

Board says on

April 20th, 1999 Tim Hutchinson was involved in a car

accident that

killed a 16-year old boy.

"The police began a routine investigation of a traffic

accident.  Mr.

Hutchinson's passport and drivers' license were taken. 

He was told he

couldn't drive and  couldn't leave the country while

they waited for the

hearing.  But the family was not up in arms - there

was no mob that was

attacking the car - he has not been jailed, there's

no murder charge

filed, there's no possibility of him being hanged - the

e-mail just

couldn't be more wrong about the situation."

More importantly, Kelly says the rumor is destructive

because: " People

have been distracted from serious prayer concerns by

circulating this

untrue rumor. We want to pray for the family of the boy

who was killed,

that God would give them peace and comfort in a time

of distress, and

would use this experience to reveal Himself to them and

draw them to Christ."


"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of

God, that giveth to all men

liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall

be given him.   James 1:5 (kjv)

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