MSN 18 Contacts Hoax
Message warns that users will have to pay for MSN and email accounts unless they send the warning to at least 18 contacts.
Example: (Submitted, February 2006)
Hello! PLEASE READ THIS!!!
Hey it is Andy and john the directors of MSN, sorry for the interruption but msn is closing down. this is because too many inconsiderate people are taking up all the name (eg making up lots of different accounts for just one person), we only have 578 names left. If you would like to close your account, DO NOT SEND THIS MESSAGE ON. If you would like to keep your account, then SEND THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST. This is no joke, we will be shutting down the servers. Send it on,
thanks. The use of msn and hotmail will cost money from summer 2006. If you send this message to 18 different people from your list your little icon will become blue and that will make it free for you. If you dont believe me go on (www.msn.com
) and see it yourself. Dont foward this message copy paste it so people will actually read it.
Example: (Submitted, September 2005)
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 22:41:43 +0000
On the 1st of november , we will have to pay for the use of our MSN and email accounts unless we send this message to at least 18 contacts on your contact list. It's no joke if you don't believe me then go to the site ( www.msn.com
) and see for yourself.
Anyways once you've sent this message to at least 18 contacts , your msn dude will become blue. please copy and paste don't forward cos people won't take notice of it otherwise plse do it
This hoax message is just one more in a long line of similar hoaxes that warn that MSN is about to start charging for its free services. From time to time, pranksters come up with an updated and equally untrue version of the message that includes a new deadline set a month or so in the future. Another version was circulating in August and early September 2005. Earlier versions have specifically targeted Hotmail users.
If MSN was considering implementing a charge for its standard MSN Messenger and email services, it would certainly not base its decision on how many times a silly message was sent to others.
Such claims are simply ridiculous.
The "warning" advises recipients to "go to the site (www.msn.com
) and see for yourself". However, there is nothing on the MSN site that confirms the story in any way.
Like its many predecessors, the message is pure nonsense and should be deleted rather than forwarded
Write-up by Brett M.Christensen