Today's email was a perfume alert. It went something like this:
> > >Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon aroundWow. Thank you for saving my life! [rolling eyes]
> > >5:30 PM in the Walmart parking lot by two males asking
> > >what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if
> > >I'd like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing
> > >to sell me at a very reasonable rate. I probably would
> > >have agreed had I not received an e-mail warning of a
> > >"Wanna smell this neat perfume?" scam.
> > >
> > >The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess
> > >to wait for someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady
> > >going towards them, pointing at them and told her about
> > >how I was sent an e-mail at work about someone walking
> > >up to you at the malls or in parking lots and asking
> > >you to "SNIFF PERFUME" that they are selling at a
> > >cheap price.
> > >
> > >THIS IS NOT PERFUME...IT IS ETHER!
> > >
> > >When you sniff it, you'll pass out. They'll take your wallet,
> > >your valuables and heaven knows what else.
> > >
> > >If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would have
> > >sniffed the 'perfume' but thanks to the generosity of
> > >an e-mailing friend, I was spared whatever might have
> > >happened to me. I wanted to do the same for you.
At the end of the email the supposed person sending the original warning pleads, "Like the email says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS - YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, whomever. It helped me."
I did what I usually do when I receive an email like this. (But only because I just can't let it go. I have to do SOMETHING about getting the same emails over and over from my dear friends.) I "Googled" it. You know... did a search on Google. And sure enough, I found various hoax-busting web pages (including my fav, About.com's Urban Legends and Folklore) and discovered the truth behind The Knockout Perfume.
What was my first clue? Was it the multiple >>>'s next to the life saving story? Or was it simply a matter of sense. Common sense, that is. Sense that kicks in when the rest of the world is racing to their computers to remind their friends and family that they should be afraid of every imaginable fear out there!
Be very afraid.... especially because there is a "little bear" virus going around called jdbgmgr.exe that spreads via msn messenger and email address books. The virus is not detected by McAfee or Norton Antivirus and may be in your computer for 14 days before causing any harm!! I HAD UNKNOWINGLY RECEIVED THIS VIRUS AND IT HAS ALREADY BEEN SENT TO EVERYONE IN MY CONTACT LIST! THAT MEANS YOU!
IF YOU FIND THIS VIRUS IN YOUR COMPUTER, SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE LISTED IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK SO THAT IT WILL NOT DO ANY HARM TO THEIR COMPUTERS.
[Arghhhhh!!!!! Run away!!!!!]