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Cassandra Huet Hoax

Even thought it’s been a while since I’ve received a chain letter hoax, time has in no way reduced my frustration in receiving them.

Cassandra Huet also appears to be Ashley Flores
Cassandra Huet also appears to be Ashley Flores

Sfter receiving the following email I did a Google search on the name Cassandra Huet which turned up a post on Hoaxbuster.com that discredited the email as a hoax. My go to site for hoax debunking,  Snopes had a similar article discounting the email but the young girl’s name was Ashley Flores.

Ma fille de 16 ans, Cassandra Huet est disparue depuis maintenant 2 semaines.
Si tout le monde fait suivre ce courriel, quelqu’un reconnaîtra peut-être cet enfant.
C’est de cette façon qu’une fille disparue a été retrouvée, en faisant circuler sa photo à la télévision.
L’internet circule dans le monde entier alors, SVP faites suivre ce courriel à tous vos contacts.
Il n’est pas encore trop tard. SVP aidez-nous. Si quelqu’un sait quoi que ce soit, svp entrez en communication avec moi à: Famillehuet@yahoo.com
J’inclus une photo d’elle. Ca ne prend que 2 secondes pour faire suivre ce message.
Si c’était votre enfant, vous voudriez toute l’aide possible !

If you receive email chain letters please preform some due diligence and do a Google search on the name in the email or even the entire text. A few seconds of your time can kill a useless chain letter in it’s tracks.

For resources and tips to protect and find children check out the Amber Alert, the Missing Children Society of Canada & the RCMP sites. It would be a much better use of your time than forwarding emails.

Unicef Chain Letter Scam Hoax

Like anyone I've seen my fair share of internet / email scams in my day but thanks to Facebook that number has grown exponentially. This is mainly due to the ease and simplicity of Facebook to spam everyone single person you know. Hench my reluctance to add the Funwall application.

The latest social engineered piece of heart sting pulling forwarding fun is as follows if you forward this you're gonna make 10 euro for Unicef.

First off, it's a fact that simply forwarding an email (or in this case a Facebook post) cannot generate money for you or third parties. Secondly, legitimate organizations (such as Unicef) do not solicit fund raising in this manner.

This kind of seemingly harmless misuse of the Unicef name (or any other charitable organization for that matter) misleads supporters into thinking they have actually contributed to the cause when in fact they have only succeeded in spamming their address book.

If you want to support Unicef please visit their official site. Those of us in Canada should since the traditional Unicef Halloween program has been discontinued here in Canada in 2006.

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Amy Bruce Hoax

We all know my on going (losing) battle with chain letters and spam hoaxes, well here's another one.

The Amy Bruce hoax letter got it's start back in 1999 and has been going strong ever since. Just case you're thinking, but it's endorsed by the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Make-A-Wish people even single out this chain letter as a hoax on their site and they never do chain letters.

I find this chain letter especially bad, because it preys upon people's emotions and good will to spread. It takes away from the real efforts of organizations to help children.

Here's the usual sites that debunk this long running chain letter:

about.com
hoax-Slayer.com
breakthechain.com

And here's the letter.

Hi, my name is Amy Bruce.
I am 7 years old, and I have severe lung cancer . I also have a large
tumour in my brain, from repeated beatings Doctors say I will
die soon if this isn't fixed, and my family can't pay the bills.
The Make A Wish Foundation has agreed to donate 7 cents for every time
This message is sent on.
For those of you who send this along, I thank you so much, but for
those who don't send it, what goes around comes around.
Have a Heart, please send this.
Please, if you are a kind person, send this on.
PLEASE HIT FORWARD BUTTON NOT REPLY BUTTON.

YOUR'S FAITHFULLY,
AMY BRUCE
amy.bruce@makeawish.com

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Kurt Chapman, the New Facebook Spam

Well it didn't long for a new strain of the bum_tnoo7 chain letter / spam / hoax to hit the good old FaceBook.

This new version warns us of a new diabolical hacker called Kurt Chapman who no doubt plans to take control of the intertubes simply by having you add him as a friend.

What I find hilarious is that they haven't even bothered to change the text other than the name. Some of the grammatical errors in this version of the letter or the  intentional l33t speak (depending on your point of view) have been corrected, but it's basically the same thing.

The bum_tnoo7 warning
If somebody called bum_tnoo7@hotmail.com adds u don't accept it because its a hacker.
Tell every one on ur list because if somebody on ur list adds them u get them on ur list he'll figure out ur ID computer address, so copy and paste this message to every one even if u hate them and fast cause if he hacks their mail he hacks ur mail!

Kurt Chapman warning
If some boy called KURT CHAPMAN adds u don't accept it because its a hacker!!

Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them u get them on your list he'll figure out Your ID computer address, so copy and paste this message to everyone even if u don't care for them and fast cause if he hacks their email he hacks your mail too!!!

I just hope that the guy in photo is not the real Kurt Chapman. I'm sure being associated with the next viral spam wave to hit FaceBook is not going to be pleasant.

So be kind and please don't inundate my inbox with this spam. Thanks!

Now be sure to forward this on to all your friends and if you don't the earth will open up and eat you hole. It's true it happened to me!

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Bum_tnoo7 I Hate You

When I said that the bum_tnoo7 was internet herpes, I might have misspoke. It's more like the virus from 28 Days later.

You can check out Sophons, Hoax Slayer, Zedge and even personal blogs for examples as to why this is a hoax. Or you could have just Googled it. Yet it keeps getting forwarded on and on and on and… Well you get the picture and my growing annoyance.

One factor this hoax has such legs is Hollywood preying on the fear and ignorance of the non-tech. Tip, a computer will not explode by simply typing explode and hitting enter. Of course if you think that kind of stuff happens your system is probably already compromised with viruses and / or malware.

Another reason is that people just want to help and protect their friends, an admirable sentiment to be sure. But if you're my friend I would much rather get a message from you then forwarded spam. Even a video of a cheerleader getting trampled by the football team as they take the field would be acceptable.

I have no idea who this guy in the photo is, but he's attached to the latest bum_tnoo7 message outbreak on Facebook. I don't know if he's the guy who started the whole thing or just someone adding their photo to the message. But if I every see this guy in public I'm totally going to scream "BUM_TNOO7" at the top of my lungs and run the other way and won't stop till I get home and lock the doors and bolt the windows. Let's just hope he's some innocent bystander for his sake.

Sure things like this are harmless but can you imaging the amount of bandwidth and personal time being consumed right now on this message? Boggles the mind.

So he's my plan. We need a Say No to Forwarding Day. If there's a day for Talk Like a Pirate. I'm sure we could swing this. How about November 1st? Every November 1st don't forward anything to your entire address book without thinking.

Remember, every time you forward spam you support terrorism. You don't want to help terrorists do you? No didn't think so.

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Too Good To Be True

ERICSSON-R320
ERICSSON-T18

I have a great deal for you. All you have to do to forward an email to at least 8 people, cc: anna.swelung@ericsson.com and you'll get a 6 year old discontinued phone for free. You can't beat that.

Doesn't sound that hot of a deal when I put it that way now does it.

A Google search proved this a hoax. urbandlegends.about.com, snopes.com and ibenaija.wordpress.com all talked about this chain letter

He's the body of the email I received.

Hi everyone,  
The Ericsson Company is distributing free computer Lap-tops in an attempt to match Nokia that has already done so. Ericsson hopes to increase its popularity this way. For this reason, they are giving away the new WAP laptops. All you need to do to qualify is to send this mail to 8 people you know. Within 2 weeks, you will receive EricssonT18. But if you can send it to 20 people or more, you will receive Ericsson R320.
Make sure to send a copy to: anna.swelung@ericsson.com

  • First off as far as I know Ericsson and Nokia make cell phone not laptops.

  • Secondly there is no way to track emails you send to other people so that you will get a check, a laptop, a cell phone, or your very own personal baby Jesus.
  • Thirdly you should simply know better than that. If it sounds too good to be true it is.

On a side note my very first cell phone was the T18D. I loved it, I had a leather case,an extra battery, car charger, the works. The only downside is that flip was purely cosmetic and had a tendency to pop off.

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Cry Wolf

Jokes are funny we can all agree. What makes us laugh on the other hand can greatly vary from person to person, place to place. But there are some standards that transcend peoples, languages and distances.

Take for instance a Texan boy emailing all his friends a fake Amber Alert that he was missing.

What, not funny?

Evan Trembley thought it would be. His friends believed it, forwarded it and it's being propagated far and wide on the inter web tubes.

Fox KFDX Channel 3 have a package where they interviewed Evan.

About.com and Canada.com also have articles on this sad joke.

Amber Alert Canada

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Why I Will Kill the Next Person Who Sends Me the Bum_tnoo7 Email on Facebook

Now before you run off to your panic room, calm down; I'm just joking.

But social engineering is a wonderful thing, well unless you're Kevin Mitnick and they drop the hammer on your ass.

At its worse it can be down right evil, destroying your credit or allowing people to steal private and sensitive information. At the best of time it annoys the $#!t out of me.

Remember a couple of years back, that email how Mircosoft would cut you big fat check in a few weeks if you forwarded their email along? Or the one where the Gap would sent you a gift certificate forwarding the email to seven other people.

Well the new internet herpes is Bum_tnoo7.

I think it's funny how with this letter we're not getting it in our email inbox but in the inboxes of our social Web 2.0 networks like Facebook. Doesn't anyone email anymore?

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Trash Attacks

So one of the large problems facing Montreal every spring as the snow banks melt is that the piles of trash remain on the city streets.

Also this pass year a non-smoking ban went into effect so all the smokers are being pushed outside, even the dances from the strip clubs. So you can image the debris in the streets.

The Mayors office is really pushing for people to do their share and they will even be fining people. The recycle in the city core will now use plastic garbage bags so it doesn't blow away and add to the problem.

A local man took cleaning up the city to extremes when he saw someone emptying their car ashtray in the gutter and has become a local celebrity. I'm sure the litter bugs will think twice knowing that this guy is out there.

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