pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

On Hoaxes

One of my long-standing girlfriends who is a new computer user (65 years young, and still learning well!) sent me a serious warning (enclosed below.)

Before you circulate/believe things like this, go to an "urban legends" web site and check them out. Many are HOAXES. If you type URBAN LEGENDS in the text box of any of the major browsers, then click, it will take you places where people track them back to how they began. There is one about being iced in a bath tub at a party and having one kidney removed, one about a "secret" Neiman's cookie recipe, one about Bill Gates sending you MONEY for collecting email addresses for him, one about SPIDERS living on toilet seat rims and biting people's posterior (named in pseudo Latin based on the French word for rear end -- that one is JUST HYSTERICAL, and I forwarded it as a JOKE, but one of my good friends took it seriously. I emailed her back five clues in the writing that she SHOULD have noticed and KNOWN it was a put on... But she has a spider web phobia, and it shook her up -- NOT my intention.

It is a good idea to be cautious around any strangers acting weirdly just as a matter of course, but if we all become paranoid about everyone we don't know, it saps life of some of its enjoyable aspects, and keeps us in chronic fear. I try to strike a happy balance. I LOVE talking to strangers when I travel. Since I go places frequently where I don't know ANYONE, I live alone, and I like to communicate, living in fear of others would do nasty things to my personality.

I did not take the time to check this particular one out, but it strikes me as very strange. Four people would not have to knock someone out with ether to rob them. Just that big a mass of men and a threatening demeanor would do it in general.

Subject: Warning to all Women

This is something that happened to us on the way back from Texas last spring. I didn't think much of it until now. The reason we were a little suspicious is we had been riding in a jeep all day with 100 degrees temps and we stopped at a truck stop for something to drink. When I was leaving, a young girl followed me out and asked what kind of cologne I was wearing. Well, after 7 hours in the car sweating, I don't think you could tell I was or was not wearing any cologne. We just got in the jeep and said no thanks.

Then it was about 3 weeks ago, I was at the Shell station in Auburn getting gas. It was about 11:30 pm. I was approached by 2 men and 2 women in a car. The man that was driving asked me 'What kind of perfume do you wear?' I was a bit confused and I asked him 'Why?' He said, We are selling some name brand perfumes, at cheap prices.' I said I had no money. He then reached out of the car and handed me paper that was laminated; it had many perfumes on it. I looked quickly at it and gave it back. I said, I have no money. He said it is OK, we take check, cash, or credit cards. Then the people in the car began to laugh. I just got in my car and said no thanks.

Then I received this e-mail yesterday and it sent chills up my spine.

Please read this. It is not joke. Here is the e-mail I was sent-

Dear Friends:

I know not all of you are women that I am sending this to, but am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc.

Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mailboxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM in the Walmart parking lot at University Drive in Des Moines 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 some weeks ago 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 s ent 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.


Ladies, this happened to me yesterday and I didn't smell the perfume either, thanks to this email. This is true. Believe me, I know. I was over by Big Lots in the parking lot at lunch time when I was approached. So either day or night, it does not matter. There were 3 guys together when I was approached. I called the police when I got back to my desk.

Like the email says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS - YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, whomever. It helped me. The first thing that popped into my head was this e-mail warning.


For all answers, look 40 degrees upward.

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