Feeds

Bill Gates tops email hoax list

Unwilling daddy of useless chain mails

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Bill Gates isn't only the richest man in the world - he's also the subject of more email chain letters, virus hoaxes and scams than any other person or subject on the planet.

The Bill Gates fortune email chain letter tops a list of hoaxes compiled by AV vendor Sophos. Despite the frankly ludicrous claim that the Microsoft's chairman is prepared to share his wealth with anyone who forwards the email to a friend, the hoax (below) is still in active circulation after first appearing on the Net more than a year ago:

Dear Friends,

Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates is sharing his fortune. If you ignore this you will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (if you are a Microsoft Windows user) for a two week time period. For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00, for every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, you will be paid $241.00.

Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a cheque.

Surrreee.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus, comments: "Obviously emails like this are nonsense, and should be deleted by computer users rather than forwarded on to their friends, family and colleagues."

Users are advised to always check their anti-virus vendor's Web site when they receive a possible hoax email. Independent resources such as Vmyths.com also provide a useful first port of call.

Lack of funds, and a military call up for Vmyths.com editor Rob Rosenberger, mean Vmyths is highly unlikely to be updated in the immediate future but an archive of the site will remain online. ®

Related Stories

Microsoft declares war on spam - Bill hates email hoaxes and scams too
VX writers release sequel to infamous Sobig worm (bill@microsoft virus)
RSPCA in censorship crusade against humour site (Bonsai Kitten hoax)
Hoax virus alert could cripple Windows Java (the infamous JDBGMGR.EXE hoax)

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.