Five Scams That Won’t Make You Laugh on April Fool’s Day

If there’s one day of the year when everyone has their guard up, it’s April Fool’s Day. After all, who can put their hand up and say that they have never been duped by an April Fool’s trick? Some of the classic April Fool’s stunts have gone down in history, such as the BBC’s news report from 1957 showing the annual spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.

Simpler times, you say? Well, 50 years later the BBC pulled a similar stunt – getting Monty Python’s Terry Jones to star in a short documentary revealing the phenomenon of flying penguins. And, like the spaghetti hanging from the branches of trees in southern Switzerland, some people believed it. They believed it because the BBC is a trusted source of information. If some nutter had sat next to you on the bus and tried to convince you that penguins could fly or that you could send a Gmail by making the motion of licking a stamp you probably wouldn’t believe them.

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Money from Microsoft Giveaway Hoax – Hoax-Slayer 2G

Circulating message claims that Bill Gates of Microsoft is “sharing his fortune” with those who forward the message to others.

The claims in the message are utter nonsense. Bill Gates will not pay you so much as a cent for forwarding a message. Nor will anybody else associated with Microsoft. In fact, the message is one of the Internet’s oldest and most long-lived hoaxes. Versions of this silly hoax have been circulating in various forms since the 1990s.

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