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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Cursed by Allah
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Bank of England Email Hoax
During the past week many people received an email apparently from the Bank of England. It read: "Dear customer. The security of your personal and account information is extremely important to us. By practising good security habits, you can help us ensure that your private information is protected. Please install our special software that will remove all the keyloggers and backdoors from your computer." The email, of course, was a hoax. Thankfully, those who went ahead and installed the attached file suffered no harm because the file appears to do nothing. The media have been calling this an example of a phishing scam (phishing being a scam in which spammers try to fool people into divulging personal info such as credit card numbers), but I don't think it was a phishing scam because I can't see where or how any personal info was being collected. To me it looks like it was just junk, pure and simple.
Categories: Email Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 01, 2004
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