(don't worry, it's not real)
It used to be a goal of mine to create a message that would one day be forwarded back to me. So far it hasn't happened.
Remember a few years ago when people were going crazy about computer viruses? You'd get a stupid forwarded message every three minutes - forwarded a million times. I thought I would capatilize on the craze and create my own message - fake - but hopefully believable enough to be sent on. It never happened.
Here is one of my early attempts:
I usually don't forward these virus warnings--but this one looks BAD!
>We just got this from our it guy, thought I would pass it on--looks like a bad one.
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Brown, Grant E
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 10:24 AM
>> To: Adam Vance; Bruce Mirlees; Carl Holdeman;
>> Mark Uth; Cheryl Tucker; Chris Allen; Chris Jarc; Chris
>> Farro; Christina Meyer; Christopher Harmon; Colleen
>> Cheevers; Donald Lotts; David Grishold; David
>> Windam; Donald Barnes; Donald Cluxton; Donna Schmerge;
>> Douglas Burke; Neil Parks; Max Samson; Tom
>> Fletcher; Geoff Boslin; Grant Brown; Gregory Hammond;
>> Barber; Jennifer Ashba; Jeffrey Jones; Jerome
>> Becher; John McGrath; Julie Hawthorn;
>> Harold Henderson; Kurt Kaupisch; Larry Foltz;
>> Mike Pauly; Mark Cravens; Mike Frey; Nancy Wagner
>>There's a new virus we've learned about this morning and we're working on a patch,
>but in the mean time be very careful. It tries to make you open a zip file. Here's
>what it looks like:
"Subject line: Open this attachment and you will be destroyed"
"Body: Harbinger-65.9_M bears witness to all and answers to no one. Submit or be consumed in the fires of the deep."
>>It sounds really cryptic, and is tempting to open to see what it is--BUT DO NOT.
>>Apparently the virus is demonic being who has been channeled through this
>virus--we're not sure how at this point. If you open the attachment the demon/virus
>moves toward any removable storage you have on your system, exits the system,
>and enters your body. At this point we're not sure exactly how/where the demonic
>enters your body--again we're working on a patch for it. Hopefully by
>tomorrow afternoon we'll have that together.
>>The line "Submit or be consumed in the fires of the deep" is deceptive--you do not
>have the option to submit. In fact you are given no choice at all.
>If you get this email DO NOT OPEN IT! Call John or myself ext. 234 and we'll help
>you safely remove it from your system.
>>Mitchell K. Newman
>> Information Technologies Specialist
>Solutions for the Digital Age
>***This message (including any attachments) may contain
>confidential information intended for a specific individual
>and purpose, and
>is protected by law. If you are not the intended
>recipient, you should
>delete this message. Any disclosure, copying or
>distribution of this
>message, or the taking of any action based on it, is
Ok, enough of that. A little more on this. I received a few responses from people. Most considered it a joke. I guess I included TOO much satire. I started with a genuine forwarded email and changed almost everything. I think my company tagline was made up (can't remember for sure though).