Wow! One hundred dollars, and you didn't have to enter any sweepstakes, or fill out a questionnaire, or sacrifice your first-born, or anything! Ain't America great?! But, wait...Who is giving me this money? How will you know if I send it to 5 or more people? How does forwarding a simple text message make a box appear on my screen?
But hey! Why not? It could be true!
...And monkeys might just fly out of my butt!
This is a skeleton of an e-mail hoax with no creativity, no fake facts, and no reason to believe it - But it's circulating anyway. It alludes to e-mail tracking, which is impossible. The AOL/Microsoft Merger hoax is a classic example of the e-mail tracking scam. The magical "pop-up" box is reminiscent of the magical video clip hoaxes of which the McDonald's vs. Taco Bell scam is one.