I have to say the fact that is still doing rounds surprised (dismays) me and I’m not surprised by much these days!
I figured everyone must have heard the, “guy wakes up in ice bath” kidney theft hoax by now surely? It’s been going since 1997 (as far as I cared to trace it back). Apparently not. This showed up on a friend of a friends Facebook page FOUR DAYS ago.
The First Thing That Made Me Smile.
The author of the first post stresses that this is a TRUE STORY which is CONFIRMED by the simple fact that the phone number is real. Good-O. I’ve got one for you, check this out:
“BREAKING NEWS: Popular BBC television show, Doctor Who was revealed today to not be a fiction at all but in fact a documentary following the true life of a Time Lord from Gallifrey.
Please contact the BBC for more information on: 020 7765 1064. “
MUST BE TRUE – The phone number is real!
This started as an EMAIL hoax, it is that old! It’s done the rounds of hundreds of cities in many countries around the globe. This particular Australian version that has found it’s way onto Facebook (complete with the same name AND phone number), has been around since at least 2006. I’m not sure how else to put it. IT IS TOTALLY UNTRUE.
oh and another thing ……
“The story is not medically plausible because a kidney from a random stranger would not be suitable to most transplant patients and a hotel room is not sufficiently sterile for such an operation to be viable. In April 2000 the National Kidney Foundation issued a public statement denouncing the report as an “urban myth run amok”.” joewein.de
But these hoaxes are not done there, oh no!
The Second Thing That Made Me Smile
If you were born with an intelligence even slightly above that of your average potato and spot the oldest hoax in the book there is a second “story” to get you thinking. It goes a little something like this ……….
I was approached yesterday afternoon around 3.30 pm in the Coles Parking lot at Noranda by two males, asking what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if I’d like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing to sell me at a very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an email some weeks go, warning of this scam. The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady going towards them, I pointed at them and told her about how I was sent an email at work about someone walking up to you at the malls, in parking lots, and asking you to sniff perfume that they are selling at a cheap price.
THIS IS NOT PERFUME – IT IS ETHER!
When you sniff it, you’ll pass out and they’ll take your wallet, your valuables, and heaven knows what else. If it were not for this email, I probably would have sniffed the ‘perfume’, but thanks to the generosity of an emailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me, and wanted to do the same for you. These guys hit Sydney and Melbourne 2 weeks ago and now they are doing it in Perth and Queensland …
IF YOU ARE HUMAN AND RECEIVE THIS PLEASE PASS IT ON TO ALL THE WOMEN (EVERYONE) YOU KNOW!!!
I am human – I’m a smart human (smart enough to know that you meant “every one” and not “everyone”) but no I shall not be passing it on to ANYONE or indeed, any one of the women that I know.
Again, this has been around for donkeys years (anyone know the origin of that phrase?) in many different places. Hoax-Slayer has a pretty good list of occurrences but it ranges from ASDA and Tesco in the UK to New Zealand and a petrol station in Belfast.
So there you have it. A buy one get one free hoaxes that have, for a long old time, been denied but now are officially