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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The worms inside your face
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Ground Control to Major Abacha Tunde
The Register has posted a great Nigerian Bank Scam email that it received. I get these emails all the time, and typically they come from people claiming to be either relatives of (or bankers of) deposed third world leaders who have huge amounts of money trapped in a bank account somewhere. They need your help to move the money out of the country. But this email that the Register received claims to come from a relative of a Nigerian astronaut trapped in space. He has a huge amount of back-pay accrued, and just needs your help to access the cash in order to get home. Very inventive. I wonder if the author of the letter actually expected to snare any victims with this, or just did it as a joke.
Categories: Email Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Sun Apr 18, 2004
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