[jahchristian] SPECIAL ALERT!

by ConnieLynn 11 Replies latest jw friends

  • ConnieLynn

    I just received this email....

    SPECIAL ALERT!: This is an Emergency Request for help from Shunned
    Father in Calgary, Canada (actual name withheld due to court ruling),
    which please forward to your own egroups, post on websites. He now states
    that he prefers you contact the person mentioned below at her given
    phone number now:

    "The JW lawyers have had my lawyer in court almost every day and they
    know that I do not have the money to continue this fight. Two
    workmates set up a trust fund to help defray the cost of legal fees
    and any money left over would be given to the Childrens Hospital.
    Maggie Branton is one of those persons and she is a Notary. To verify
    this you can contact her at (403)262-5511. I have no access to this
    fund. The papers are afraid to advertize it because they have been
    threatened to be sued by the JWO. Would you be able to help me tell
    about the fund? Also if anyone wants to mail me a card or letter.

    Cheques can be made out to " SAVE MY DAUGHTER "

    Mail can be made out to " SHUNNED FATHER "
    P.O. Box 20161, Calgary Place R.P.O.,
    Calgary Alberta T2P 4J2

  • dungbeetle

    Simon PLEEEASSEEE!!!!.....

  • anewperson

    REQUEST ABOVE RESCINDED: We (jahchristian egroup) sent a followup you didnt post here though which says:

    "I just spoke by email with Randy Watters who says he must get the phone number of McCathy & Tetrault the attorneys to check with them first as to if the request from this "Shunned Father" that donations instead be sent to a notary he (L/Shunned Father) mentioned is legitimate, i.e going to go to an appropriate party and that this Shunned Father is the real Shunned Father. This is because scam artists try to rip him off all the time. Respecting what he says, I therefore ask that all of you mention to anyone you may have emailed/spoken with that they also hold off until everything is totally verified as Randy says. If anyone has sent a check then ask that your bank cancel payment until everything can be verified. For various reasons I still believe this is the real L/Shunned Father, but this is a necessary, prudent caution. Thanks, Troy"

  • anewperson

    So, in short, this could be legitimate but then it could also have been from an imposter thief or someone for the WTS wanting to cause trouble, "stir up dung" as it's been put. Again, donations alert rescinded. Plus we just got word of the court ruling. This doesn't end the need though to pay the attorneys' bills, and the case may go on appeal, incurring more expense. We will be watching.

  • COMF

    Posted as a Public Service by Robert Harris
    Version Date: December 21, 2001
    Forwarded Message
    Subj.: Virus Warning!
    From: HOONOZE
    To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]

    Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet!

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Institute for the Investigation of Irregular Internet Phenomena announced today that many Internet users are becoming infected by a new virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows up in their inbox or on their browser. The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, email viruses, taxes on modems, and get-rich-quick schemes.

    "These are not just readers of tabloids or people who buy lottery tickets based on fortune cookie numbers," a spokesman said. "Most are otherwise normal people, who would laugh at the same stories if told to them by a stranger on a street corner." However, once these same people become infected with the Gullibility Virus, they believe anything they read on the Internet.

    "My immunity to tall tales and bizarre claims is all gone," reported one weeping victim. "I believe every warning message and sick child story my friends forward to me, even though most of the messages are anonymous."

    Another victim, now in remission, added, "When I first heard about Good Times, I just accepted it without question. After all, there were dozens of other recipients on the mail header, so I thought the virus must be true." It was a long time, the victim said, before she could stand up at a Hoaxees Anonymous meeting and state, "My name is Jane, and I've been hoaxed." Now, however, she is spreading the word. "Challenge and check whatever you read," she says.

    Internet users are urged to examine themselves for symptoms of the virus, which include the following:

    - the willingness to believe improbable stories without thinking
    - the urge to forward multiple copies of such stories to others
    - a lack of desire to take three minutes to check to see if a story is true

    T. C. is an example of someone recently infected. He told one reporter, "I read on the Net that the major ingredient in almost all shampoos makes your hair fall out, so I've stopped using shampoo." When told about the Gullibility Virus, T. C. said he would stop reading email, so that he would not become infected.

    Anyone with symptoms like these is urged to seek help immediately. Experts recommend that at the first feelings of gullibility, Internet users rush to their favorite search engine and look up the item tempting them to thoughtless credence. Most hoaxes, legends, and tall tales have been widely discussed and exposed by the Internet community.

    Courses in critical thinking are also widely available, and there is online help from many sources, including

    For Virus hoaxes:

    Computer Virus Myths page at http://www.kumite.com/myths
    Symantec Anti Virus Research Center Hoax Page at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
    Datafellows Hoax Warnings at http://www.Europe.Datafellows.com/news/hoax.htm
    McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List at http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp
    For Urban Legends:
    The Urban Legends Web Site at http://www.urbanlegends.com
    Urban Legends Reference Pages at http://www.snopes.com
    About.com Urban Legends Page at http://urbanlegends.about.com
    Stiller Research Hoax Page at http://www.stiller.com/hoaxes.htm
    Urban Legends Research Centre at http://www.ulrc.com.au
    Centers for Disease Control Health Hoaxes at http://www.cdc.gov/hoax_rumors.htm
    For General Hoaxes, Scams, Spam, Email Chain Letters, etc.
    Scambusters at http://www.scambusters.org
    Inboxer Rebellion at http://www.snopes2.com/inboxer/inboxer.htm
    Don't Spread that Hoax at http://www.nonprofit.net/hoax/hoax_big.html
    CIAC HoaxBusters at http://HoaxBusters.ciac.org/
    Those people who are still symptom free can help inoculate themselves against the Gullibility Virus by reading some good material on evaluating sources, such as
    Evaluating Internet Research Sources at http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm
    Evaluation of Information Sources at http://www.vuw.ac.nz/~agsmith/evaln/evaln.htm
    Lastly, as a public service, Internet users can help stamp out the Gullibility Virus by sending copies of this message to anyone who forwards them a hoax.

    This message is so important, we're sending it anonymously! Forward it to all your friends right away! Don't think about it! This is not a chain letter! This story is true! Don't check it out! This story is so timely, there is no date on it! This story is so important, we're using lots of exclamation points! For every message you forward to some unsuspecting person, the Home for the Hopelessly Gullible will donate ten cents to itself. (If you wonder how the Home will know you are forwarding these messages all over creation, you're obviously thinking too much.)


  • Satanus

    Thanks, comf.


  • anewperson

    Behold the pro-WTS trolls squad of fellow workers with their pitchfork jabbing at the efforts to help the man who has saved his daughter's life.

  • Elsewhere

    I think I'm coming down with a case of "Was hit by a drunk driver and cannot work. Need help paying medical and legal bills. Please send money to..."

    "As every one knows, there are mistakes in the Bible" - The Watchtower, April 15, 1928, p. 126
    Believe in yourself, not mythology.
    <x ><

  • Xander

    Oh, yeah, well here's MY story....

    I am a very sick little boy. My mother is typing this for me, because I can't. She is crying. Don't cry, Mommy! Mommy is always sad, but she says it's not my fault. I asked her if it was God's fault, but she didn't answer, and only started crying harder, so I don't ask her that anymore. The reason she is so sad is that I'm so sick. I was born without a body. It doesn't hurt, except when I go to sleep.

    The doctors gave me an artificial body. My body is a burlap bag filled with leaves. The doctors said that was the best they could do on account of us havin' no money or insurance. I would like to have a body transplant, but we need more money. Mommy doesn't work because she said employers don't hire crying people. I said, "Don't cry, Mommy," and she hugged my burlap body. Mommy always gives me hugs, even though she's allergic to burlap, and it chafes her real bad.

    I hope you will help me. You can help me if you forward this e-mail. Dr. Johansen said if you foward this e-mail then Bill Gates will team up with AOL and do a survey with NASA. Then the astronauts will collect prayers from school children all over America and take them up to space so that the angels can hear them better. Then they will go to the Pope, and he will take up a collection in church and send the money to the doctors. The doctors could help me better then.

    Maybe one day I will be able to play baseball. Or maybe just use my lungs and heart, when the doctors make them. The doctors said that every time you foward this letter, the astronauts can take another prayer to the angels. Please help me. Mommy is so sad, and I want a body. I don't want my leaves to rot before I turn 10.

    If you don't foward this e-mail, that's OK. Mommy says you're a mean heartless person who doesn't care about a poor little boy with only a head. She says that she hopes that you stew in the raw pit of your own guilt-ridden stomach. What kind of wretched person are you that you can't take five lousy minutes to forward this to all your friends so that they can feel guilt and shame for the rest of their day, and then maybe help a poor, bodiless nine-year-old boy?

    Please help me. This really sucks. I try to be happy but it's hard. I wish I had a puppy. I wish I could hold a puppy.

    Thank You.
    Billy 'Smiles' Evans,
    The boy with just a head.
    And a burlap sack for a body.

    (alright, alright, I'm not the author).

    No offense intended to those who actually need help and ask for it - it's just that the initial posting had all the earmarks of 'hoax' or 'scam' on it.

    It is unlikely the the 'shunned father' would withold his name in asking for help (last I checked, a court cannot tell you not to tell anyone who you are). Further, I can't imagine the papers being so paranoid they wouldn't post a paid adverstisement, unless it was for something illegal.

    Xander F
    (Unseen Apostate Directorate of North America - Ohio order)

    A fanatic is one who, upon losing sight of his goals, redoubles his efforts.
    --George Santayana

  • anewperson

    This appears fully legitimate but by all means call the Canadian phone
    numbers he gives for attorney MCCarthy right here: (403)260-3664 or through the main switchboard 260-3500. Watchtower trolls are truly asinine lovers of pedophilia and love it when kids bleed to death, or why do you defend it?

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