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February 19, 2007

Free Nokia Phone Prank

Filed under: Awareness,Hoax email,Safety and Security — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 2:57 pm

First there was a prank of Bill Gates sharing his fortune and now this ūüėČ Don’t understand how people can believe on such mails and act as per the instructions given in the mail without verifying. Just a minutes search on¬†Internet and you will come to know 3 facts about this mail:
1. This is a Hoax
2. The email address is invalid
3. Nokia denies any such promotion (obviously why a world leader will give out its products for free?)

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Dear All,

¬†I just want you guys to take hold of this¬† opportunity from NOKIA. NOKIA¬†¬† is distributing cell phones for free over the internet to compete with Ericsson, which is doing the¬†¬† same. They want to be better known through the Internet by word of mouth and so they are giving away their new WAP phone.¬† All you need to do is mail this to 8 of your acquaintances. In two weeks you will receive a NOKIA 6020. If you send this email to 20 people or more,¬†¬† you will receive a NOKIA 6630 Phone. Don’t forget to mail a copy of this email to to ensure that your participation is noted.

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One old version of this mail with Nokia’s public denial can be read at this link:


February 9, 2007

Two-Striped Spider, Telamonia – Hoax

Filed under: Awareness,General,Safety and Security — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 1:13 pm

Making rounds from 1999 this prank email will make you seriously think about using public toilets and check for the so-called poisonous Two-Striped spider under the seat. There are no substantial evidences to prove anything from this mail but surprisingly after 7 years its still making rounds.

You can see more about this on:Fatal Spider Bite in North Florida with different versions of the same email. Don’t trust such email. When such email comes to your inbox, rather than just forwarding spend couple of minutes to search on internet to see how real it is and break the chain there itself.

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Be careful!!!

Three women in KL, turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death. There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood.

These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common. It was iscovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant along Jalan Kuchai Lama within days of their deaths.

The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down.

The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested,to no avail. The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had
used the restroom.

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read,drove up to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat.

Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider. The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because ofits reddened flesh color. This spider’s venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark,damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.

Several days later a lawyer from JB showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore , before returning home. He did not visit the restaurant, while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was
determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock..

Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India . The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India , and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider’s nests on 4
different planes!

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