Hurricane Katrina Email Hoax Invokes Red Cross
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A Hurricane Katrina email hoax, believed to the first, but almost certainly not the last, Hurricane Katrina email hoax, was sighted yesterday.

“Hello, For those who don’t know me real name it is Brenda or (loily) for some of you,” is how the email hoax, which John “Highway” Wu, over at Highwayman.org received.


It appears to be a typical chain letter style hoax, without any request to send money. In fact, it says that for every email sent containing the message (i.e. for every time you forward the message), the American Red Cross is going to donate fifty cents to the original author’s humanitarian efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina (which the hoax mistakenly calls “Storm Katrina”).

But there is an interesting twist. Towards the end of the letter, the author requests “when this email has reached 50 names plesae send it to Loily_bb@hotmail.com.” [sic]

Which gives one pause to wonder whether this is also a ruse to collect email addresses to build a new spamming or phishing list of email addresses known to be live, and to belong to people who are both gullible, and tender-hearted.

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6 thoughts on “Hurricane Katrina Email Hoax Invokes Red Cross
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  1. I am your big fan.I am just 10 years old.pl.give your email because i want to chat with you.In movie race you was looking so pretty.pl.give your email if you want my email againthen see it nshivani07@yahoo.com.See you later

  2. I truly hope that the generation of scams and illegal e-mails will come to a stop. Let us strive to make this possible.

  3. Oh God. This is just sad. And it takes away from any possible REAL emails for Katrina (and now Rita, I would assume).

  4. hey i am just sayin that i am only 12 yr old and i am tryin sometin to help the victims of hurricane katrina by stnadin on teh side of my road singin for money and givein all that money to the red cross foundation here in my town for them to give to the victims thanks bye

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