ICQ Rumors 51 - 60
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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.
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