ICQ Rumors 51 - 60

  ICQ Rumor #60
I was told that their are 2 people that are trying to destroy my site. Their ICQ numbers are (number deleted), and (number deleted). They have been bombing me and have been trying to cause server trouble. I'm offering a complete collection of current warez cd's for anyone who destroys these two pests. Please forward this message to eveyone on your list.

You were "told" this? You really don't know if either of these people have ever done anything to you, but you would like everyone on ICQ to attack them on your behalf? Yeah, sure... I'll do it right away. Now can I have my "warez cd's?" Gee, I noticed that you didn't include YOUR UIN, so how do I collect?

My friends, may I make a suggestion? If you get a message warning you about someone you don't know and the person who wrote it doesn't leave you any way of contacting them to see if it is true, then don't forward it. Chances are the person you are being warned about is the real victim and you wouldn't want someone spreading a false rumor about you, would you?
(R60)


  ICQ Rumor #59
Hi, I need you to forward a message to everyone all over the place as fast as you can. Let them know about this person. She is sending a VIRUS that will shut your computer down forever...her UIN# is 3506314. Please remove any names on this so the complete message gets out. Thanks. :-) Her name is SEVENIE.

P.S. Make sure you send this to everybody.

Sounds a lot like "John," doesn't it? Maybe he had a sex change operation and got a new UIN. You'll notice I left the UIN and handle on this one, the reason is because when I searched ICQ for this person the account was inactive. Which brings up a point, it is so easy to get a new account and change a handle that by the time a message like this gets out, the warning is useless, so why bother? (R59)


  ICQ Rumor #58
Hi, I need you to forward a message to everyone all over the place as fast as you can. Let them know about this person. He is sending a virus that will shut your computer down forever...his UIN# is (number deleted). please remove any names on this so the complete message gets out thanx :-) His name is John (last name deleted) if he is on your list please delete him.

How do I know "John" is really sending out a virus? Maybe you just don't like the guy. If he really is sending out a virus why not report him to abuse@john'sISP.com and let them deal with him? And what's the deal with "a virus that will shut your computer down forever?" I've heard of some pretty nasty ones that will cause you to lose your data and are difficult to remove, but nothing short of "John" coming to your house and trashing your computer with a sledge hammer is going to shut it down "forever." (R58)


  ICQ Rumor #57
this is no joke forward this they really mean it IF YOU PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST MIRABILIS WILL GIVE YOU 2345 MIRAPOINTS, THAT WILL GET YOU THE NEW IMPROVED MIRABILIS ICQ2 SO PASS IT ON!

Delete the names at the top of the list to get another 2543 points!

One "MiraPoint" is equal to -1 IQ points, so if you forward this message to anyone you must be clinically brain dead. Besides, I have a better offer for you. If you really believe this message then delete my name from your ICQ list and you can have all my MiraPoints... deal? (R57)


  ICQ Rumor #56
We at ICQ wish to inform you that there is a very destructive virus planted within this message. Forward this to everyone on your list within 24 hours and you will not be affected. If you don''t, our service will become unavailable to you and your hard drive will be rendered useless. Erase the names at the top.

So now Mirabilis is sending out a virus? Maybe other companies will start to follow this new marketing trend. Microsoft could change their motto to: "You'll go where we tell you to or your hard drive is history." Honestly, the only thing being "rendered useless" by this message is the common sense of anyone who believes it. (R56)


  ICQ Rumor #55
Please forward this urgent message: Mirabilis is reporting to the CIA and the FBI the information they have gathered from everybody''s computer that has ICQ installed on it. Forward this message to everyone you know to protest this invasion of our civil rights.

Oh c'mon, everyone knows that Mirabilis is an Israeli company, so they would report to the Mossad (Israeli Intelligence Agency) who would then pass the information to the CIA and FBI.

Urgent message: I'M JUST KIDDING!!!


I'm in the rumor bustin' business, not the rumor starting business so don't quote me on that, okay? I can't say for sure what happens to ICQ messages, but I don't think even Tom Clancy would come up with something this far fetched. What kind of intelligence would they be collecting from ICQ? Which terrorist is forwarding hugs and kisses to the other terrorists? Until I see some proof, this one is going straight into the ol' bit bucket.
(R55)


  ICQ Rumor #54
URL:C:\windows\TEMP\s3vvoe7n..html
URL's description: Don't download version 3 ICQ, it has a virus in it. Forward this to all your friends. ICQ98 is ok

This so-called URL has been getting passed around a lot lately. Take a good look at it... notice anything odd? Like the fact it points to the local C drive, not a location on the net? The incompetent moron who started this one pointed to a file on their own hard drive. And I have never even heard of a version 3 of ICQ.
So here are two tips for you.
1. Don't download a version of ICQ from anywhere except Mirabilis' site, you can never be 100% certain of what you are getting.
2. Please don't forward this worthless URL and message if you get it.
(R54)


  ICQ Rumor #53
Mirabilis Headquarters:
This is the President of Mirabilis. I would like to thank you for using ICQ. Alot has been accomplished here. To continue our free service we will monitor the number of time this message is forwarded. If it reaches 1,000,000 forwards, we will continue our services free of charge. Please erase the senders name from the top before Mirabilis Headquarters. Thank You

ICQ Lies Page Headquarters:
This is the President of the ICQ Lies Page. I would like to thank you for visiting my site. A lot has been accomplished here. To continue our free service we will monitor the number of times this page is accessed. If it reaches 1,000,000 hits, we will continue our services free of charge. Please thank the person who sent you this URL.

Note #1: The message from "Mirabilis Headquarters" is a lie. It was not written by the "President of Mirabilis." They don't monitor the number of times that message is forwarded. Mirabilis is not planning to charge for ICQ at this time.

Note #2: The message from "ICQ Lies Page Headquarters" is true. It was written by me (though never sent to anyone on ICQ). I do thank you and hope a lot does get accomplished here. I'll continue this free service as long as there is an interest in it. A million hits would be nice, but as of the time I write this less than half of one percent of all ICQ users have ever heard of this page. The only way the other 99.5% are going to find out is if you tell them. The irony of forwarding a message about not forwarding messages is not lost on me, but unlike the message from "Mirabilis Headquarters," at least a message about this page would be true. If you do send this URL to your friends on ICQ, all I ask is that you use good judgment and netiqutte.
(R53)


  ICQ Rumor #52
We at ICQ need to record how many active acounts are running, and who is really using our service, or just wasting space. Forward this to everyone on your list within 24 hours. If you don''t, our service will become unavailable to you. Erase the names at the top. THIS IS NOT A LIE.. USER 5690249 (IS A MAIN COMPUTER )

Oh no! The Italian guy/computer must have lost his job and been replaced by the new Canadian "main computer" by the name of "Audrey." Let me tell ya, after looking at the info section this is quite a computer, it plays volley ball, basketball and likes to go to parties. And I thought my computer was pretty slick, but it's never shot hoops or brought me a beer. Forget Pentiums, I want an Audrey! Wait a second... it also says "this is not a lie." You remember what that means, right?

UPDATE: "Audrey" went and changed "her" info, it looks like she found a new hobby which I won't mention here... but it is still something a Pentium can't do. *g*
(R52)


  ICQ Rumor #51
We at ICQ need to record how many active acounts are running, and who is really using our service, or just wasting space. Forward this to everyone on your list within 24 hours. If you don''t, our service will become unavailable to you. Erase the names at the top. THIS IS NOT A LIE.. USER 4044966 (IS A MAIN COMPUTER ) Don''t send this back to me. Send it to others on your list!

This one must be really getting around, I've lost track of how many people have sent it in. Let's see how many clues we have that it is false.
  • Claims to be from "ICQ" instead of Mirabilis.
  • Suggests they don't know who is using their service. In fact, everytime you connect to an ICQ server they know you are active whether you send anything or not.
  • Would lead you to believe inactive accounts waste space. Think about it, only the active accounts are using their servers/services. And there are no shortage of UINs (see above).
  • Has a 24 hour deadline. What if you don't log on for a day, do you really think they would delete your account?
  • Asks you to forward the message. Mirabilis has made it perfectly clear they will never ask you to do this.
  • Says user is a "main computer." Info for that UIN says it is a 17 year old guy in Italy. For those of you "new to the net," most main computers are not 17 year old Italian kids.
  • Requests that you not send it back to "me." Very few corporations refer to themselves as "me."
  • Includes the phrase "THIS IS NOT A LIE." Therefore, it is a lie. Please remember this in the future. (R51)
Next Up...
Is ICQ running out of UINs? Should you be stocking up before they get to the last number? Is "Stockman" really a man or a woman? (I still have no idea.) What does a System Message really look like? Is DB mean to newbies? *wicked evil grin* You know the drill by now (hint: CLICK!).

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