I have to say, it's one of the more unique ones I've seen, and while irritating, doesn't actually seem to harm your system or anything. *sigh* Stupid people suck!
Did you at least forward it to Yahoo?
*laugh* I was just poking to see what Snope had to say about it....and apparently the email started in 1999, with Hotmail.
I'm impressed :)
Wow. Then I'm impressed that I've never seen it before.
It's been around for years...
There are some incredibly stupid people out there. They used to hide and never have to reveal their stupidity in writing or deed to any but their closest friends and family. The internet has made it so that now everybody has to be aware of their stupidity.
It is better to keep mouth closed and have people THINK you are fool, then open it and leave no room for doubt.
Naw; I'm sure they've gotten a rain of panicky inquiries already.
...and what's stopping you from sending that to people?
I almost lost some friends because they wouldn't stop sending me piddling, triffling bullshit like that (and the things that tell the wholesome, heartstring plucking tale of Sally who needs a new breast transplant or her daughter's daughter will grow up without a stepgrandmother) and when I tell them off in person they act all upset, as though it's their right to bother me with such crap. Le sigh.
If it was anonymous mo's on the internet I would have no problem shooting off an evil, evil letter. Thank God I have friends that don't believe in the FWD: tag.
seconded. Send your reply to the idiot that sent the chain letter to you. Chances are, they aren't email savvy enough to realize it's not actually from Yahoo.
Yahoo is closing down? OMFG!!! Thanks for the heads up!
They forgot the part about having seven years bad luck!
And the testimonies about the guy who MEANT to send it and forgot, then his cat died and he lost his job, but then he remembered the letter and sent it, and he got a BETTER job, and THREE cats came to his door for him to adopt, and ..and..
Man, I hate these. Ans when it's from someone I know, my respect dies a little.
Aren't they annoying???????
And sometimes we wish that the last one will come true.
See, Yahoo would NEVER give any warning for something like that just like when they deleted several years of my saved emails last spring...silly fools, thinking Yahoo would actually NOTIFY their customers that they were going to do something.
(And for the record I know many people who had the same thing happen before people jump on me for saying shit about Yahoo.)
Well, geez, it's not like you were USING them or anything!!
Except for the fact that this was a chain letter, I'd almost believe it. I had an account with Yahoo! for several years, and then all of a sudden it was gone...my password wouldn't work (or I didn't remember it) so I signed up for a new password and that didn't work either. Then I get an email (different than yours) and just to see where it went, I clicked the link. It went to a completely Spanish web site. I tried to make a different account, and right away I had problems. I'm on my third one now, in less than 3 months; this one might stay. So, inspite of the chain letter, I have issues with Yahoo!
I get a lot of these kinds of letters. They just get dumped. I even got one about PayPal....
That's impressive. And I definitely approve of your follow-up letter.
Perhaps if Bob Lopez would just give that nice Nigerian guy his bank account information, the millions that would be funnelled to him could be use to increase Yahoo's bandwidth.
And all our problems will be solved!
Heh.. I've stoppped passing on info about Snopes.com a long time ago, since it alwasy seems to get forgotten the next time a story about live organ transplants or boycotting gas stations shows up. Or else it gets people pissed at me. I just delete them, and my respect for the sender's wisdom drops down a tiny notch.
I'd love to send a followup email like yours to these people, but they're usually friends and relatives, and I want them to stay friends.
You could forward their addresses to me and *I* could send the letter. As a kind of public service.
Why make it a fantasy? Make it a personal policy! You will make the intarwebs a better place.
I lack the muscle for enforcement?
It would be fairly easy to do with an extra gmail account (or yahoo! account with a name like YahooPersonInCharge) but yeah, the effort to deal with mass stupidity.... *petpet*
I can't count the number of times I've gotten that. Most amusing to me is that I mostly get it to accounts that aren't the standard webmail accounts, they're email accounts off the webservers my husband and I own and operate.
Your fantasy letter had me laughing, though. Oh, how I wish I could send that out to people. =o)
I'm tempted to start doing so, honestly.
I'm nice about it the first time.
I get progressively more snarly the more often they send it to me. When I've given the same person the Snopes URL four times, I tell them they aren't allowed to email me any more.
You'd be amazed how many people DO forward all this crap on.
I've got one or two people that I send links to snopes.com to on a frequent basis.
I'm snarly with people, and very soon they leave me off their lists.
I'm also fond of the spam from banks with whom I do not have an account informing me that I must immediately log in to save my account.
Phishing is in another category entirely - that's people trying to scam you. It's evil, but it's purposeful.
This is urban legend panic. 23 headers of forwarding for me to get that ridiculous, bandwidth-chewing piece of garbage.
Oh, it has been, in the past.
OH NO! homail, yahoo, and AOL?
I better send that letter to at least 20 people or I will have bad luck for the rest of my life.
I vaguely feared that someone might....
...I like your letter much better than the first. ^_^
LOL, your fantasy letter is definitely one I would like to send.
I play games on Pogo.com, which has a messaging system for paid members. I deleted it, but I got something similar last week -- "THIS user and THAT user have been sending viruses. If you don't send this email to everyone you know, Pogo will know you are with 'them' and will delete your account immediately." The headers took up like 10-15 pages. It was amazing that people could be that dumb.
I regularly send out links to snopes.com. A few weeks ago, my supervisor forwarded a warning about hotel room keys storing personal and credit card information, and warned everyone not to turn their hotel keys back in. Bad timing, considering it was a few days before the whole department was flying to Columbus for a meeting. I don't like to publicly correct her, but I made an exception this time, and hit reply to all. I could just see the hotel trying to figure out why no one returned their keys when they checked out.