Hotmail hoax

Category: Chain letter Discovered On: 01 Feb 2002
Type: chainUpdated On: 29 Sep 2010


There are several variants of this chain letter being forwarded around the internet. It is very similar to the Dear YAHOO User chain letter.

The text of the first version reads as follows:

Urgent: Please Forward! Hello to everyone from the Hotmail Headquarters! This is just a little test to see who is actively using their email account and in effect deleting all inactive users accounts. This process will make the whole site faster and easier to use for the active users. Now on to what to do with this email. All you have to do is forward this on to at least 10 registered Hotmail users. If you don't forward this on within 48 hours of reading it, your account will be deactivated momentarily until you contact Hotmail Headquarters.

The text of the second version reads as follows:


Dear Hotmail User,

Because of the sudden rush of people signing up to Hotmail,it has come to our attention that we are vastly running out of resources. So, within a month's time, anyone who does not receive this email with the exact subject heading, will be deleted off our server.Please forward this email so that we know you are still using this account.

We want to find out which users are actually using their Hotmail accounts. So if you are using your account, please pass this e-mail to every Hotmail user that you can and if you do not pass this letter to anyone we will delete your account.

From Mr. Jon Henerd

Hotmail Admin. Dept.

Our hotmail system is getting to crowded!! We need you to forward this to at least 20 people. I know this seems like a large number, but we need to find out who is really using their account. If you do not send this to at least 10 Hotmail members, we will delete your account. Sorry for this inconvenience.

Sincerely, Director of Hotmail Services

Aaron Lopez

In February 2003 a new version of the Hotmail hoax was first seen. It includes some obvious spelling mistakes:

Dear Hotmail User,
We understand that you have previously recieved many messages that have state the colising of accounts not being used within our servers. This message, however, is your final warning. Within this message is encoded a small program that will located and debug your account when sent to fifteen other Hotmail users. If you do not send this message to fifteen Hotmail users within 24 hours of recieving this message, your account will be PERMANETLY SHUT-DOWN. When and if you send this, we herebygrant that you will no longer recieve such messages as this one.

We realize that this process is becoming an annoyance, however, this is the final message you will recieve from the Hotmail Announcement staff. Thank you for you time and cooperation.


Calvin W. Kreantz
MSN Accounts Coordinator

In November 2003 a new variant of the hoax was first seen, claiming that people who forwarded it to enough people would receive more functionality the hoax's text reads as follows:

Hotmail is offering active users the new Extra Storage block&contact feature!

Ever wanted to know if you have been blocked? With the new block&contact feature available for MSN Messenger you will now be able to have up to 500 contacts on your list, and be able to see who is blocking you! Extra Storage downloads are now offering you the download FOR FREE! Read down to learn how to get this, quickly and easily!

Extra Storage features don't stop there!

No, Extra Storage feature doesn't just mean new special block&contact features. You will now be able to create new accounts with a single click and run as many MSN Messengers as you want (use different accounts at once)!

Get Extra Storage

It's easy. Everyone with an or account can get these upgrades FOR FREE!

Send this email to 5 people for the free Block feature!

Send this email to 10 people for both the Block feature and contact list extender (500 contacts)!

Send this email to 15 people for the Block feature, Contact extender, Account maker AND multi MSN!

If you do this you will recive a pop up message from our admin giving you the upgrade for MSN Messenger!

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