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Remote Explorer of My Eye

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The "Hoax du Jour" is a recurring column providing updated information and commentary on the Internet community. It is a feature of Korova Multimedia's "e-v-mail" page.

What is a "hoax du jour?" With the advent of widespread use of the Internet as a medium for sharing information, the phenomenon of sharing misinformation has exploded. Conventional urban folklore and propaganda have blossomed on the Internet. Intentionally misleading information is broadcast on a professional and personal level.

On the Web, misinformation wants to be free. It also likes to be free of authenticity and corroboration, when such grounding deflates the credibility of the content.

The result? Naive users of the Internet are subjected to a daily barrage of data that are erroneous, slanderous, and sometimes even destructive. This page is dedicated to discussing intentional misinformation, or 'Net hoaxes.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

"4-1-9" money scams
(see: Nigerian "4-1-9" money scam)
5¢ e-mail surcharge
(see: U.S. Postal Service, 5 e-mail surcharge )
809 (area code) phone scam
Call Now!
90# phone scam alert
The "90# Phone Scam" Alert


Abductions, of children
Children's Crusade
Abductions, of women
Call Now!
Abercrombie & Fitch, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Advance Fee Fraud
(see: Nigerian "4-1-9" money scam)
Afghanistan, treatment of women
Calls to Overreaction
AIDS needles
The Fear of AIDS (Needles)
"All your base are belong to us"
Zero Wing information
American Cancer Society, shampoo
(see: Sodium lauryl sulfate)
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
(see: Sodium lauryl sulfate)
Anti-perspirant, cancer
(see: Cancer, Breast)
AOL 4.0 cookie
AOL Cookie
AOL hacker riot
The AOL Hacker Riot II
AOL IM charges
Death Threats and Disney Trips
AOL, Intel merger (free giveaway)
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Asbestos, in tampons
(see: Toxic Tampons)
Aspartame, dangers of
Calls to Overreaction
"aspartate dehydrogenase"
(see: DMSO)
ATM, poisoned envelopes
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
ATM, Lebanese loop (card theft)
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
AT&T technician
(see: 90# Phone Scam alert)


Bananas, with necrotizing fasciitis
Lingering Misinformation
Banks, privacy policies
(see: FDIC, "Know Your Customer")
Beerman, Jermaine (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Bill Gates giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Bleaching, of tampons
(see: Toxic Tampons)
Bonsai kittens
Lingering Misinformation
Breast cancer
(see: Cancer, Breast)
Breast Cancer Site, The (BreastCancerSite.com)
(see: Hunger Site, The)
Bruce, Amy (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Bucklew, David (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Bundy, Amanda
Children's Crusade
"Business Outcasts, The"
(see: Datek complaint chain letter)


California (Wobbler) virus
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Canola oil
Lingering Misinformation
Cancer, Breast
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Cancer, from shampoo
(see: Sodium lauryl sulfate)
Cancer, from tampon use
(see: Toxic Tampons)
Carmex lip balm, contains ground glass
Toxic Tampons
Cats, in a jar
(see: Bonsai kittens)
Census, tell them you're a Jedi
(see: Jedi (census))
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
(see: Toxic Tampons)
CERT, Melissa
(see: Melissa word macro virus)
CERT, Remote Explorer
(see: Remote Explorer)
Chain e-mail, for sick children
Children's Crusade
Church of Satan, Procter & Gamble
(see: Procter & Gamble, Trademark)
CIAC, chain letters
e-v-mail
Phone Slamming
Calls to Overreaction
CIAC, hoaxes
E-j-mail Extortion
The "90# Phone Scam" Alert
The AOL Hacker Riot II
Death Threats and Disney Trips
CIAC, Melissa
(see: Melissa word macro virus)
Clinton, Hilary (602P e-mail tax bill)
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
CNN, FDIC Know Your Customer proposal
(see: FDIC, "Know Your Customer")
CNN, Internet charges
(see: Internet tax)
CNN, Melissa
(see: Melissa word macro virus)
Coca-Cola, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
"Code Adam" (child abduction)
(see: Abductions, of children)
Cohen, Jada (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Columbia House, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Connor, Rick (sick child)
Children's Crusade
CPR, coughing
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Cracker Barrel gift certificate
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
"Cramming," modem dialing to costly foreign area codes
Call Now!
Credit bureau opt-out
Lingering Misinformation
"cyberban legend"
e-v-mail


Datek complaint chain letter
Lingering Misinformation
Degree, Asha (missing child)
Children's Crusade
Dioxin, in tampons
(see: Toxic Tampons)
Disney trip
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
DMSO
You're Never Gonna Believe This...


E-j-mail
"e-j-mail: The Dirge of the Internet"
E-j-mail Extortion
E-mail, dangers of attachments (virii, Trojans, et al)
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
E-mail surcharge, by U.S. Postal Service
(see: U.S. Postal Service, 5 e-mail surcharge )
E-mail tracking hoaxes
Death Threats and Disney Trips
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Children's Crusade
Equal
(see: Aspartame, dangers of)
eToys.com (eToys versus etoy)
The Grinch Is Real.


False Authority Syndrome, The
e-v-mail
Toxic Tampons
Internet Access Charges & Taxation
Calls to Overreaction
FCC Modem Tax
(see: Internet tax)
FCC, Internet charges
(see: Internet tax)
FCC, No Urban dictates
(see: No Urban dictates)
FCC, phone slamming
(see: Phone slamming)
FDA, regarding Tampons
(see: Toxic Tampons)
FDIC, "Know Your Customer"
Calls to Overreaction
Febreze
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Finjan Software (Malicious Code Alert)
(see: Viral marketing)
Flyte, Timothy (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Fonda, Jane ("Hanoi Jane")
Lingering Misinformation
Forbes magazine, Tampon Terrorism
(see: Toxic Tampons)
"forwardables"
e-v-mail
FTC, 767 phone scam
(see: International phone scams)
FTC, e-j-mail ("spam," UCE)
E-j-mail Extortion
Furniture cleaner, harm to pets
(see: Febreze)


Gap, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Giveaways, based on forwarding e-mail
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
GoHip.com
(see: Viral marketing)
GreaterGood.com
(see: Hunger Site, The)
Gullibility Virus, The
You're Never Gonna Believe This...


"Hanoi Jane"
(see: Fonda, Jane)
Harvesting, kidneys
(see: Kidney theft)
Heart attack, avoiding
(see: CPR, coughing)
Hembree, Braedon (sick child)
Children's Crusade
HIV, needles
(see: AIDS needles)
Hoemspine, Faith (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Honda, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Hunger Site, The
Lingering Misinformation


IBM, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
ICQ alerts
Death Threats and Disney Trips
ICQ, getting kicked off
(see: Instant Messages, going away)
IEG
(see: OurFirstTime.com)
Inside Edition, abduction
(see: Abductions, of women)
Instant Messages, going away
Death Threats and Disney Trips
Lingering Misinformation
Intel, AOL merger (free giveaway)
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
International phone scams
Call Now!
Internet ScamBusters, 809 phone scam
(see: International phone scams)
Internet ScamBusters, e-mail safety tips
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
Internet tax (access charges)
Internet Access Charges & Taxation
ISP dial-up charges
(see: Internet tax)
iWon.com $100 giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)


J. Crew, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Jackson, LaNisha (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Jane Fonda
(see: Fonda, Jane)
Jedi (census)
Lingering Misinformation
Jones, Kelsey Brooke (missing child)
Children's Crusade
Lingering Misinformation
JPEG virus
E-j-mail Extortion


Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Lingering Misinformation
Kidney Theft
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Kittens in a jar
(see: Bonsai Kittens)
Klingerman virus
Lingering Misinformation
Know your customer
(see: FDIC, "Know Your Customer")
Koopmans, Jessica (missing child)
Lingering Misinformation
Children's Crusade
KRON-TV, Remote Explorer
(see: Remote Explorer)


"l-aspartate dehydrogenase"
(see: DMSO)
Lane, Paige (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Lawitts, David (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Lebanese loop, ATM card theft
(see: ATM, Lebanese loop (card theft))
Long-distance phone service, slamming
(see: Phone slamming)
LSD, poison on pay phones
(see: AIDS needles)


M&Ms, free giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Mall, abductions
(see: Abductions, of women)
Markle, Nancy (World Environmental Conference)
(see: Aspartame, dangers of)
Martin, Tamara (sick child)
Children's Crusade
McAfee Associates
(see: Network Associates)
MCI WorldCom, Remote Explorer
(see: Remote Explorer)
McGee, Ryan (sick child)
Children's Crusade
McVeigh, Timothy (book, execution video)
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
Melissa word macro virus
The Word Macro Spam 'Bot
Microsoft, Melissa
(see: Melissa word macro virus)
Miller beer giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Minority radio blacklisting
(see: No Urban dictates)
Modem hijacking, dialing international numbers
(see: Cramming," modem dialing to costly foreign area codes)
Moldava porn "download" scam
(see: International phone scams)
MTX virus worm info
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
Mydek, Jessica
Death Threats and Disney Trips
Children's Crusade


NANPA, international area codes
(see: International phone scams)
NEA petition
(see: PBS petition)
Necrotizing fasciitis, in bananas
(see: Bananas, with necrotizing fasciitis)
Network Associates, Remote Explorer
(see: Remote Explorer)
Network Associates, Melissa word macro virus
(see: Melissa word macro virus)
New Ice Age virus
Lingering Misinformation
Nigerian "4-1-9" money scam
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
Nike, free shoes
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
NIPC (National Infrastructure Protection Center)
The Word Macro Spam 'Bot
Lingering Misinformation
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
No Urban dictates
Calls to Overreaction
Novenche, Michael (sick child)
Children's Crusade
NPR petition (Nina Totenberg)
(see: PBS petition)
NUD
(see: No Urban dictates)
Nutrasweet
(see: Aspartame, dangers of)
NY Daily News, No Urban dictates
(see: No Urban dictates)
NY Daily News, tampon scare
(see: Toxic Tampons)


Old Navy, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Opt-out, credit bureau
(see: Credit bureau opt out)
Organ theft, kidneys
(see: Kidney Theft)
OurFirstTime.com
Death Threats and Disney Trips
Outback Steakhouse, giveaway
(see: E-mail tracking hoaxes)
Outlook, Melissa
(see: Melissa word macro virus)


Paget's Disease of the nipple
Lingering Misinformation
Parkin, Anthony (dying child)
Children's Crusade
Parrish, Delaney
Children's Crusade
Pay phones, AIDS/LSD
(see: AIDS needles)
PBS petition
Lingering Misinformation
Petitions, e-mail (in general)
Calls to Overreaction
Pets, harmed by fabric cleaner
(see: Febreze)
Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) recall
(see: FDA's Phenylpropanolamine Information Page)
Phone slamming
Phone Slamming
Internet Access Charges & Taxation
Pingel, Lauren Renee (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Poison, LSD/Ricin/AIDS
(see: AIDS needles)
Postal Service, e-mail surcharge
(see: U.S. Postal Service, 5 e-mail surcharge )
Prayer requests, sick children
Children's Crusade
Procter & Gamble, trademark
You're Never Gonna Believe This...


Radio, advertising blacklists
(see: No Urban dictates)
Rat urine, on sodas
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Rayon, in tampons
(see: Toxic Tampons)
Remote Explorer
Remote Explorer of My Eye


Satanism, CEO of Procter & Gamble
(see: Procter & Gamble, Trademark)
Schmidt, Krystava Patients (missing child)
Children's Crusade
Schnell, Congressman
(see: U.S. Postal Service, 5¢ e-mail surcharge)
Sesame Street, petition
(see: PBS petition)
Shampoo
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Shergold, Craig (cards requested)
Children's Crusade
Shopping Carts, poisoning
(see: DMSO)
Shopping center (mall), abductions
(see: Abductions, of women)
Sick child
Children's Crusade
"Slamming", unintended long-distance carrier changes
(see: Phone slamming)
Slavemaster (online stalker)
A More Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
Slow Dance (sick child, prayer request)
Children's Crusade
Social Security Administration (numbers)
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Soda cans, with rat urine
(see: Rat urine, on sodas)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
You're Never Gonna Believe This...
Solidaridad con Brian
Children's Crusade
Spam
(see: E-j-mail)
Spam, automatic
(see: Melissa word macro virus)
(see: Viral marketing)
"Spunkballing"
Lingering Misinformation
Steinmetz, Aaron Russell (missing child)
Children's Crusade
SULFNBK.EXE, virus hoax
Lingering Misinformation
Supermarkets, poison on shopping carts
(see: DMSO)


Tampons, cancer-causing
(see: Toxic Tampons)
Thompson, Dean (sick child)
Children's Crusade
Tina Strongman
(see: AIDS Needles)
Totenberg, Nina (NPR petition)
(see: PBS petition)
Toxic Tampons
Toxic Tampons
Trademark infringement
(see: eToys.com)
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), from tampons
(see: Toxic Tampons)


Unsolicited, commercial e-mail (UCE)
(see: E-j-mail)
Urine, rat
(see: Rat urine, on sodas)
U.S. Postal Service, 5¢ e-mail surcharge
You're Never Gonna Believe This...


Viral Marketing
The Word Macro Spam 'Bot (update)
Viral marketing is Now.


Washingtonian, The
(see: U.S. Postal Service, 5¢ e-mail surcharge)
Wobbler virus
(see: California (Wobbler) virus)
Women in Afghanistan
(see: Afghanistan, treatment of women)
Word macro
(see: Melissa word macro virus)


Zinc chloride
(see: Febreze)


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