More urban legends and hoaxes: Free Gap Clothes, Wobbler Virus, Free M&Ms, and Procter & Gamble Satanist rumor
Free Gap Clothes
Abercrombie & Fitch have recently merged to form the largest hottie outfitter company in the world! In an effort to remain at pace with this giant, the GAP has introduced a new email tracking system to determine who has the most loyal followers.
This email is a beta test of the new clothing line and GAP has generously offered to compensate those who participate in the testing process. For each person you send this e-mail to, you will be given a pair of cargo pants. For every person they give it to, you will be given an additional Hawaiian print T-shirt, for every person they send it to, you will receive a fisherman's hat!
GAP will tally all the emails produced under your name over a two week period and then email you with more instructions. This beta test is only for Microsoft Windows users because the email tracking device that contacts GAP is embedded into the code of Windows 95and 98. If you wish to speed up the "clothes receiving process" then you can email the Gap's P.R. rep for a free list of email addresses to try, at... "email@example.com" (this was forwarded to me, it's not me saying this...)
I know you guys hate forwards, but I started this a month ago because I was naked and couldn't get a date. A week ago, I got an email from the GAP asking me for my address. I gave it to them yesterday and I got a box load of mechandise in the mail from the GAP!!!!! It really works! I wanted you to get a piece of the action, you won't regret it!
Editors Note: Anytime you see an email claiming to have a tracking program - don't believe it - it just isn't possible.
Wobbler Virus (now called California)
"WARNING: If you receive an email with a file called "California", do not open the file. The file contains the WOBBLER virus.
This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa", and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book and please share it with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat may be stopped."
1) Never open email attachments 2) Run windows update, or your 'software update' regularly
3) Use virus checker program and keep it updated
Hi. My name is Jeffrey Newieb. I am a marketing analyst for M&Ms chocolate candies based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. As the year 2000 approaches, we want to be the candy of the millennium.
As you may already know, the roman numeral for Y2K is MM. We are asking you to pass on this e-mail to 5 friends. Our tracking device is calculating how many e-mails you send out. Everytime it reaches 2000 people, you will receive a free case (100 individual 55 gram packs) of delicious M & M candies. That means the more people it reaches, the more candy you're going to get. Mmmmmm... yummy M & Ms for the year 2000!!
Editors Note: It's not possible to track forwarded emails. And M&Ms come from the M&M/Mars company in Hackettstown, New Jersey, not from the Hershey Foods Corporation in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In fact, M&M/Mars and Hershey are bitter rivals. You'd think that the "marketing analyst for M&Ms" would know that.
Procter & Gamble Satanist rumor
The President of Procter & gamble appeared on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show on March 1, 1998.
He announced that "due to the openness of our society", he was coming out of the closet about his association with the church of Satan. He stated that a large portion of his profits from Procter & Gamble Products goes to support this satanic church.
When asked by Sally Jesse if stating this on t.v. would hurt his business,he replied, "THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CHRISTIANS IN THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
Product list includes: <snip>
If you are not sure about the product, look for a Procter & Gamble written on the products, or the symbol of a ram's horn, which will appear on each product beginning on January 1, 2000.
The ram's horn will form the 666, which is known as Satan's number. Christians should remember that if they purchase any of these products, they will be contributing to the church of Satan.
Inform other Christians about this and STOP buying Procter & Gamble Products. Let's show Procter & Gamble that there are enough Christians to make a difference.
On a previous Jenny Jones Show, the owner of Procter & Gamble said that if Satan would prosper he would give his heart and soul to him. Then he gave Satan credit for his riches.
Anyone interested seeing this tape, should send $3.00 to: SALLY TRANSCRIPTS 515 WEST 57TH STREET NEW YORK NY 10019
WE URGE YOU TO MAKE COPIES OF THIS AND PASS IT ON TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. THIS NEEDS TO STOP.
LIZ CLAIRBORNE ALSO PROFESSES TO WORSHIP SATAN AND RECENTLYOPENLY ADMITTED ON THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW THAT HALF OF HER PROFITS GO TOWARDS THE CHURCH OF SATAN.
Editors Note: It's NOT true. The president of P&G has never been on the Sally Jessy Raphael show, the Jenny Jones show nor any other talk show. And neither has Liz. These rumors have been around for years.