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Virus alert chain letter punishments
Some people can't take a hint. They'll continue to forward hoax virus alerts long after you try to enlighten them. You keep telling them "it's a hoax" and you keep telling them to visit Vmyths, but they still think they're doing a community service every time they forward a virus alert.

If you need to inflict humor on that someone as a form of punishment, then you've come to the right place. Check out the resources below. You'll notice each resource includes "humor" or "no-hoaxes" in its URL.

Caution: these resources fall under the category of sarcasm, which not everyone appreciates. Think twice before you punish a fellow coworker. (Vmyths urges you to complain to management if a coworker decreases your productivity.) You'll find "more acceptable" hoax-reduction resources at the link below...

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A really embarrassing audio file
Most PCs now come with a set of powered speakers. Some people will even attach a subwoofer! Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger took an ancient audio joke and gave it a new twist. The result is a very embarrassing audio file with an official-looking web address. If someone forwards a hoax virus alert, hit the "reply" button (not the "reply all" button) and include the following response:
That virus is now even worse than we thought! There was an important press conference about it. There is some background noise from the reporters, so turn up your volume a little bit to hear what the expert said. Go to http://alerts.fbi-nipc.info/antivirus/warn0214 for details.
If your friend gets mad at you, tell them "the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission uses the same technique to educate na´ve stock market investors." Click on the link to see the SEC story...
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The comprehensive list of potentially evil user names
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger created an 11MB list with 1,310,720 potentially evil Internet user names. If somebody tells you to memorize an evil user name, you can tell them to memorize every one of these user names, too...

(Caution: clicking on the link below will activate the punishment. Don't say we didn't warn you.)

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The comprehensive list of potentially infected filenames
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger created a 9MB list with 655,360 potentially infected filenames. If somebody tells you to memorize a filename and look for it in every email with your own eyeballs, you can tell them to memorize every one of these filenames, too...

(Caution: clicking on the link below will activate the punishment. Don't say we didn't warn you.)

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You will get the point at this website
A man named Aaron Gross grew tired of hoax chain letters. His "punishment" web page presents a sequence of roughly 90 on-screen messages so people get the hint. He even offers a URL at the bottom of the page for those who still think they should forward hoaxes after visiting his web page...

(Caution: clicking on the link below will activate the punishment. Don't say we didn't warn you.)

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Give 'clues' to the clueless
If a clueless person lives in the United States, we can send him/her a business card with the word 'CLUE' printed on the back. Address an envelope (any size) to your colleague. Leave the return address blank if you want to remain anonymous. Put a stamp on the envelope and place it in another envelope. Address the outer envelope to:
Vmyths Clue Offer
P.O. Box 50
Wellman, IA 52356
We'll slide a website business card in the envelope you provided and drop it in the mailbox. Please note: we can only do this for stamped U.S.-addressed envelopes.
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