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Glurge – Must Forward – Web Hoaxes explained. Don’t spread the lie…

We all get the emails but what do YOU do with them? Check out the truth of an email in 30 seconds, or just send a confirmation to all of your world that you are a hamburger short of a happy meal.

My article on the topic of GLURGE is here - MUST FORWARD – Glurge.

My links to Hoax Sites are on the bottom of that page.

The following is a good explanation of what to look for in a HOAX.

Top Five Signs That a Message is a Hoax


The next time that you receive an alarming e-mail calling you to action, look for any one of these five telltale characteristics before even thinking about sending it along to anybody else.


The e-mail will have a great sense of urgency! You'll usually see a lot of exclamation points and capitalization. The subject line will typically be something like:

  • URGENT!!!!!!
  • WARNING!!!!!!
  • IMPORTANT!!!!!!
  • VIRUS ALERT!!!!!!


There will always be a request that you share this "important" warning by forwarding the message to everybody in your e-mail address book or to as many people as you possibly can. This is a surefire sign that the message is a hoax.


The body of the e-mail will contain some form of corroboration, such as a pseudoquote from an executive of a major corporation or from a government agency official.

Sometimes the message will include a sincere-sounding premise. For example: My neighbor, who works for Microsoft, just received this warning so I know it's true. He asked me to pass this along to as many people as I can. It's all a bunch of baloney. Don't believe it for a second.

Watch for e-mails containing a subtle form of self-corroboration. Statements such as "This is serious!" or "This is not a hoax!" can be deceiving. Just because somebody says it's not a hoax doesn't make it so.


The e-mail text will predict dire consequence if you don't act immediately. The message may inform you that the virus will destroy your hard drive, kill your houseplants, or cause green fuzzy things to grow in your refrigerator.


Look for a lot of >>>> marks in the left margin. These marks indicate that people suckered by the hoax have forwarded the message countless times before it has reached you.

Now It's Time to Play:
Spot the Hoax

The following is an actual hoax e-mail. Thousands of people have forwarded the "Budweiser Frog" virus hoax to millions of Internet users, keeping it alive and in circulation for years. See how many of the five hoax signs you can spot!

>>> >>>Subject: READ IMMEDIATELY AND PASS ON! >>> >>>Someone is sending out a very cute screensaver of the Budweiser >>>Frogs. If you download it, you will lose everything! Your hard drive >>>will crash and someone from the Internet will get your screen name >>>and password! >>> >>>DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! >>> >>>It just went into circulation yesterday. Please distribute this >>>message. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people >>>know about it. >>> >>>This information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft. >>>Please share it with everyone that might access the Internet. >>> >>>Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE in your address book >>>so that this may be stopped. AOL has said that this is a very >>>dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. >>>

The following text can be found at along with all the real life examples of the silly things we have all been foolish enough to send to our friends and co-workers.

Check out MY article on this topic here at - MUST FORWARD – Purge the Glurge.

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