Gullible Forwarders Own Mobile Phones Too
from the they're-everywhere! dept
What is it about a slightly different medium that makes people lose all sense of reason? For years, one of the most popular urban legends/hoaxes is that Bill Gates, AOL or Disney will give you prizes or money for forwarding on an email. It seems that some random person thought it would be funny to start a similar hoax via text messaging... and it worked. Vodafone is apparently now spending some time trying to track down the hoaxer who sent out text messages promising free air time on Vodafone to anyone who forwarded the message to 13 other users. However, where the guy got stupid was that he included a (non-emergency) police phone number to call for anyone who didn't get the credit. The police, as you might imagine, are pissed off at all of the phone calls they received, which could open the hoaxer up to criminal charges for interfering with the police.