Who Has Your Picture?
Date Added: July 8, 2002
Internet privacy is a hot-button topic these days, so its no wonder a notice about a website that can display your driver's license or high school photo to anyone who requests it has many going ape.
Subject: This is actually scary!
Thought you should know about this!
Did you know that you can see anyone's Drivers License on the Internet including your own? It's an American base, but apparently it links into SA, Namibia, Zim and Mauritus as well (and to NZ where they've been for years).
I just searched for my licence, and there it was, picture and all. If you're not in the USA, simply enter your city and your country's initials, where it asks for State. This was something I didn't know you could do. I'm not sure I like this info out there for anyone to access. DOES THIS BREACH THE PRIVACY ACT OR WHAT?
Check it out... http://www.license.shorturl.com/
The problem with some jokes is that if you don't stick around for the punchline, you often miss the joke. That's the case with this and similar chains. The link takes you to an official-looking web site for "Driver's License Search," a fictitious service of the equally made-up National Driver's License Records Bureau. You fill out a form with your name, city and state of residence, and gender, then wait while the site appears to be searching its database. You're notified that it found one record with your information and automatically loads it, revealing a fake license with the photo of a monkey. Funny stuff.
The site is one of many online pranks from SlyGreetings.com, a rather twisted electronic greeting card service, but numerous variations of the "monkey's photo as yours" prank exist all over the 'net. One such variant to surface in 2005 was an invitation to view a site that supposedly has your high school year book catalogued:
Check it out. This website is amazing they actually have photographs of almost every School in the World. Unless you went to School when cameras weren't invented, you will find a photo of yourself or at least your classmates. Click on the link below: Enter the name of your school and Year that you were there http://www.worldschoolphotographs.com/
Many people suspect these sites to be hoaxes when they receive the e-mail about them, but fearing that they may really be a cover to a more direct scam to grab your personal information by having you enter it, they don't follow through to the joke's logical conclusion. Safe thinking, indeed. Many don't even click the link in the e-mail, suspecting that somehow the scammer will steal their info or load a virus if they do.
But fear not. At least the sites mentioned here are harmless pranks. If you're still concerned, you can enter totally bogus information on most sites and still get the same result. So, once again, a clever Web site and e-mail chain letter proves that no joke is too obvious. Break this Chain!