The Microsoft/AOL Millions Giveaway Hoax

😬LAUNETTE WASHINGTON July 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

Thank you I knew it was.a scam

🙄NIA E July 29, 2017 at 12:43 am

just the mention of money will make some people do the most inane things. Spreading fake news is becoming out of control. Don’t believe everything you read. I wish people would just use GOOGLE to research these bogus chain mails and stop sending me these #$*()@ useless messages.

🙄LANE JASPER September 24, 2017 at 3:34 am

just got another email in messenger if all places which seems to be the new catalyst for this crap. Bill Gates giving away money again, call these numbers etc etc blah blah.blah…..if it’s on Facebook it’s there to MAKE money…not give it away people are so dumb and gullible using social media. Our world is becoming dumber by the day sad.


🧝‍♀️OCEAN ELF October 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Unbelievable that anyone would fall for this hoax the first time around, but mind blown into the negative numbers that the hoax has migrated to social networks and people are still buying into it. Gah!


Oh, the meme comes in different versions to look more up-to-date and credible, but it's still the same hoax, just as fake and annoying as it ever was and always will be.

Link 1

Link 2

Let's throttle it! *Coming out with both barrels blazing*


This stupid hoax is of the same ilk as the Microsoft giveaway hoax, which is why it is dealt with on the same page.

It was posted on FB October 18, 2018, 3:03 PM.


🤥Meme: Operah Win Freyy

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Way to spell Oprah Winfrey... BTW I'm not a fan. 😬


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Warning, this hoax causes IQ to dip drastically. The proof is in the re-shares and all the annoying "I win!" comments. 😖

🤥Meme: me and Ellen DeGeneres

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Agh! There's just no escaping that living meme. Like the other living memes the Kardashians etc. etc. she's everywhere. Ellen this, Ellen that, Ellen Ellen Ellen, 🤧 Ellen Ellen, 😵 Ellen Ellen, 😷 Ellen Ellen, 😳 Ellen Ellen Ellen, 😰 Ellen, 🤒 Ellen Ellen, 🤢 Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen, 🤕 Ellen, Ellen, 🤮 Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen Ellen💥 Away with Ellen, the Kardashians, freaking Taylor Swift, ruddy Katy Perry, freaking Beyonce, Jay-z etc. etc. ENOUGH! 😱

🤥Meme: Will Choose People Randomly on Facebook Everyone Who * SHARES * Will Receive Gift Cards, Cash, and Big Winners Can Win a Car

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Who still buys into this ree-dang-donculous bullcrap? I mean how old are these people mentally? No one beyond the age of 12 has an excuse to believe this load!

🤥Meme: "SHARE NOW" Don't Miss !!! We are watching Until Weekend !!! I will choose 100 lucky people. $ 30,000,000 each only follows instructions. ...

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Bull...Crap...Bull...Crap...Bull...Crap...

If celebrities sitting on big stacks decide to give some of it away, they're going to give to a cause, a charity, or to help out a friend in trouble.

More to the point, awesome as so many people think Oprah and Ellen are, not even those celeb big wigs have some superpower vision that can let them literally track and see who spreads a stupid hoax on the net, neither does that hoax have super dooper tracking powers. Not even Oprah and Ellen would just plunk down tons of cash and cars to people so greedy and stupid!

🤥Meme: Step 1 - like it

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, this actually deserves a "hate" or "detest" button.

🤥Meme: Step 2 - share

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, it's getting mangled.

🤥Meme: Step 3 - comment "I WIN"

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No. You lose!


🤥Troll: Hello everybody, My name is Bill Gates.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Liar. You are not Bill Gates. And who in the world would want to talk to you?

🤥Troll: I have just written up an e-mail tracing program that traces everyone to whom this message is forwarded to.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Oh sure, and I've just invented cyber bug spray that will literally kill all trolls because it's awesome like that, and also has a super dooper tracker!

Yeah, I can lie too. But unlike you, I'm not pretending what I just said about the internet bug spray is true.

Holy crow, I'm a poet! Completely by accident!


🤥Troll: I am experimenting with this and I need your help.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: The only thing you experimented with was trying to fool as many people with this stupid hoax as possible. You failed with me. You don't want my kind of help. Let's just say I would not help you in a way you'd like.

🤥Troll: Forward this to everyone you know

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No!

🤥Troll: and if it reaches 1000 people everyone on the list will receive $1000 at my expense.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Hogwash!

🤥Troll: Enjoy.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Shut it!

🤥Troll: Your friend,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: You are not my friend!

🤥Troll: Bill Gates

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: You are not Bill Gates...!

🤥Meme:Subject: PLEEEEEEASE READ!!!! it was on the news!

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Calm down. No, it was not on the news...

🤥Meme: Subject: Fwd: Fw: Please do it – Microsoft Paying u – Not Fake

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Lies...

🤥Meme: Subject: FW: Cant lose, try it …. read testimonies below!

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Actually, this is all lose. I'm not dumb enough to try it, and the testimonies are all fake crap.


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: 1. You expressly want to hurt Bill Gates, or at least get people thinking they will by doing what you demand. What an upstanding human being you are, Nobel peace prize candidate for sure! ...Not...!

2. Spamming doesn't physically hurt people, but it can sure hurt rapport. Your tale is rubbish, and I've neglected to tell people when I changed email/contact information because they habitually sent/shared your kind of junk.

3. I'm not passing/re-sharing it to anyone else. Your crappy meme will bleed out, mangled on this page.

👨‍💻Brett Christensen: Considering how long this hoax has been running, even Bill Gates would be bankrupt by now if he was really paying out money for every forwarded email. It is simply ridiculous to suggest that any sane company would even consider participating in such a haphazard and uncontrollable exercise. Furthermore, in spite of the claims in these messages, there is no reliable or ethical method of tracking who sends a particular email to whom when the message could be expected to be copied, shared, and forwarded many thousands of times. Accurately calculating how much money should be sent to how many people would be impossible.

A related hoax that began circulating in 2013 featured a photograph depicting Bill Gates holding a sign that claimed he would give $5000 to every user who shares his picture on Facebook. The prankster behind the hoax digitally altered a photograph of Gates holding up an entirely different sign. This version clearly paid homage to the original “beta test” version” and was most likely created as a joke. Nevertheless, at least a few people took the post seriously and shared it in the vain hope of getting the promised $5000.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: That's why meme jokes stink. Someone somewhere is bound to actually believe them, and then the cycle starts all over again.

🤥Meme:Read carefully…

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: You only want people to read slowly, not think carefully.., and hit that forward/share button, fast fast fast!

🤥Meme: This was on the 9:00 o’clock news the other night and this works.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Wow, since this stupid hoax started back in the 90s/early 2000s, it must've been an awful LONG couple days!

And no, it doesn't work. It's bollox.


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Bull crap. No such USA Today article, unless they did one exposing your stupid meme for the hoax it is.

🤥Meme: it was on the news!!!!! It was on the news! Kathy South Alcoa – EHS Maintenance !!!! Coordinator

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, it was not on the news, stop spazzing out. You're supposed to be an EHS Maintenance Coordinator, whatever that is, and of what, I have no clue. But it sounds like a tough job that requires a calm disposition, and that sure hasn't been demonstrated.


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, it was not...

🤥Meme: To all of my friends,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: And this is where you really could mess newbies up and confuse the heck out of them. By inserting this kind of line, you make it appear as if the friend who shares it had actually written it... That is as much a lie as everything else you say.

Besides, I can't imagine who would want to be your friend.

🤥Meme: I do not usually forward messages,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Bull. You fabricated this one from start to finish...

"I don't usually forward" yeah right. Such claims often turn out to be just the opposite of the truth. Your attempt at looking concerned doesn't fool me...

🤥Meme: but this is from my friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is an attorney.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Then she better go back to law school, because if she's so foolish as to believe you, she's got problems.

🤥Meme: If she says that this will work – It will work.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, if she says it will work, it means she is just a figment of your imagination. You won't fool me with your fake attorney thing either.

🤥Meme: After all,What have you got to lose?

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: If I was naive, or dumb enough to spread your meme, I would lose integrity, not to mention credibility and possibly some friends.


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Shut it! Stop with the fake apology. You're not sorry. Stop shouting in all caps. That's rude.

🤥Meme: I’m an attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, you are not an attorney, no, this is not real, and I thought you said your imaginary friend with the strange name was the attorney anyway.

🤥Meme: Rest assured AOL and Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar to the one filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ago.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Bollox, bultosh, and balderdash. No such class action suit, and Bill Gates will not be doling out money to everyone for sharing your meme - and, your "tracker" does not exist.

No judge would actually sentence anyone to give out millions to whoever spreads a stupid chain letter!

🤥Meme:Dear Friends: Please do not take this for a junk letter.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: It is a junk letter, and I am not your friend...!

🤥Meme: Bill Gates sharing his fortune.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Bull...Crap...Bull...Crap...

🤥Meme: If you ignore this,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Oh, I'm doing better than that, I'm tearing it a new one.

🤥Meme: You will repent later.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: "Repent"? Wrong word. I think you probably meant 'regret'. Ignoring your stupid meme does not constitute sin/crime/something that requires remorse and repentance... But I'm sure there are people who regret having fallen for your lies.

So there goes another tactic of yours, intimidation-attempt, fail!

🤥Meme: Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies Intel and AOL are now discussing a merger which would make them the largest Internet company

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No such mergers... I'm pretty sure none of those companies are the largest any more, if they were at one time.

🤥Meme: and in an effort to make sure that AOL Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: See how the wording changed as the meme was spread? There is no such thing as AOL Internet Explorer. AOL was an email and chat client. Microsoft Internet Explorer, a web browser. Intel is a computer brand. One mutation of this hoax said "Aol" and the other, "MSIE". Putting them together is another way of showing how nonsensical it is.

🤥Meme: Microsoft and Intel and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: You don't make sure a web browser is the most popular by running any so-called email beta tests. Email and web browsers are two different kinds of programs...!

🤥Meme:When you forward this e-mail to friends,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: That will never happen. I don't spam my friends. I don't even spam people I dislike.

🤥Meme: Microsoft can and will track it ( If you are a Microsoft Windows user) For a two weeks time period.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Wrong. Your email tracker does not exist...

🤥Meme:For every person that you forward this e-mail to,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: See above! I said I am not spamming my friends with your dreck!

🤥Meme: Microsoft will pay you $245.00 $203.15. For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 $156.29 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. $17.65 Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.

Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Wrong, wrong, wrong. No tracker. No law suit. No beta test. No getting big bucks for spamming one's friends...! You're a liar.

Notice the discrepancies in the amounts being promised? That should also help anyone to realize this is nothing but bull.

Charles S Bailey? General manager of field operations for what? I thought you said you were an attorney named Pearlas Sandborn.

First, you claim to be Bill Gates, then you say you're a friend of attorney Pearlas Sandborn, then you write as if you were her, then you call yourself Charles Bailey, you need some kind of professional help.

👨‍💻Brett Christensen: Multiple versions of this tired old hoax have been circulating since at least 1999. The messages claim that Intel and AOL are running an email beta test and that Microsoft will pay you a quite substantial sum of money each and every time you forward the email to others during a two week time period.

These claims are, of course, totally absurd. No such “beta test” is being conducted. Nor has one been conducted at any time in the past. And Microsoft certainly will not give you money just for forwarding an email.

Details, such as the amount you will be paid and the companies supposedly helping Bill and Microsoft with the “test” vary in different incarnations of the hoax. Some versions even include screenshots of bank statements that appear to show that people really were paid to participate. Of course, these bank statements are fake.

🤥Meme: YES! YES! YES!!! I have hit the jackpot! Billy Oh Billy You are my HERO!!! You are so very clever…

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No, no, no. This has nothing to do with Bill Gates other than the big lie is about him. You're not his best bud, so stop with the irritating "Billy" stuff...!

🤥Meme: I opened my bank account as soon as I have sent this email and what do you know!!!! R1.6 Billion Rand …. Oh Bill thank you for sharing your billions with me… How did you even know my bank account…? Not only are you generous you are also clairvoyant. It really works! Just believe and voila.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No stupid hoax ever puts money into a bank account whenever it is re-shared. You'd have to be more than a few bricks short of a load to believe that bullcrap! That Bill Gates does not know anything about your bank account should be enough to tell you this is just a stupid hoax.

🤥Meme: Guys It’s working

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Working to fool too many people, and working to annoy others, sure. But it will never work to make you rich...

🤥Meme: I have got $10000 .

Deepak ———————————————————————————————————————

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: If you have that much money, you already had it before you got this stupid hoax, and it really isn't very bright telling the public how much money is in your bank account...

🤥Meme: I got 450 $ credited in my HDFC account today only. Yahooooooooooooooooooo!!! hurreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee




🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Shut it!

If you got such account credit, you must've got some sort of massive refund on something, because this stupid hoax didn't put it there.

🤥Meme: Hai this is not joke i got 4672$ credited in my ICICI account last week

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: It is actually a very pathetic joke. All of you claiming to get whatever amounts of cash, that cash would've already been there before this stupid hoax crossed your screens...

🤥Meme: Frnds I got $2163 today only.. So I am forwading to u frnds Don’t miss this chance



🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Ugh! The leet-speak. It burns! And it's just as much balderdash as the versions that are written out in real English...

🤥Meme: This is really amazing I also got 5000 dollars via DD from HDFC, thot it was fake but it really worked……….the amount has been created to my account, what did you get. Thanks for forwarding this mail


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: It is still fake. Whatever you have in your bank account didn't get there because you stupidly spread this meme. What's in my account is, frankly, none of your business. Don't thank anyone for spreading a dumb hoax. It didn't do them or you any good.

🤥Meme: Hey guys !!!

this is cool

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Not cool!

🤥Meme: really really cooollllll

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No. It's really, really idiotic and fake.

🤥Meme: I forwarded this mail to three chaps just half an hour back and i just forgot about it.. then i saw my salary slip, checked my account in the net. i was wonder stuck to see $30000/- added to my account !! transferred from ms office thru western money transfer !!!

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Liar.

🤥Meme: its amazing guys !!! Go for it. Act fast. at least before this stupid bill gates gets bankrupt………..

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: The one who is stupid is you. No such money transfer, let alone from Bill Gates. And if you think I will do as you shout, and spread this hoax to anyone else, you are even more of an idiot. That you would even be willing to take someone's last dollar as you mock him as stupid, makes you deserve to get punched.


🤥Meme: and in case this is true,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Which it is not, and never will be...

🤥Meme: there is not much time left…… so congratulations in advance….. for becoming a millionair so easily… like me…….

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Don't congratulate me, or praise yourself for your stupidity. You can go on fantasizing about being rich, but that's all they are, fantasies.

👨‍💻Brett Christensen: These messages are ongoing versions of a long-running Internet hoax. The claims in the messages are utter nonsense. Microsoft will certainly not pay you just for forwarding on an email. Forwarding on such messages will do nothing other than clutter inboxes with useless garbage and make the sender seem foolish and naive.

These versions of the hoax sport a series of “testimonies” supposedly added by various recipients who claim to have actually been sent money for forwarding the message.

🤥Meme: U won’t believe it …I just had a look at my bank statement & there was an extra .wait for it …….50 000.00 in my account ..this really works ………just do it …I love u Douglas ….thank u some much for thinking of me & this GREAT gift !!!


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: You are right about just one thing - I don't believe it. If you have that kind of money, it would've already been there before your friend Douglas went stupid. If you think a hoax is a great gift, you have more than a few screws loose.

🤥Meme: HI GUYS



🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Yes, it is a scam, not the kind that will actually lose you money, but credibility. So there's no excuse to "try it". It will get you nowhere.

🤥Meme: Hey Ben

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: I'm not Ben, I'm Ocean.

🤥Meme: I’ve already done this a few months ago,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: But you had a two-week time-limit according to this stupid hoax. So why is it still going around?

🤥Meme: I received R9 569.00.


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Whatever money you got wasn't gotten because you spread a stupid hoax.

🤥Meme: I’ve just received 678$,my gosh there’s nothing better than trying,you’ll probably think it’s a scam,,,it’s not,,,you’ll see.


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: So you got a refund on something, or else you're just dreaming. This hoax doesn't make money for anyone...

🤥Meme: Hey Guys,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: *Sigh* "Hey guys" "Hey guys" Ugh, when will it stop?

🤥Meme: Just Thought i could make you all rich I just recieved 458$


🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Oh! That amount is sure to fix totally everything wrong in this world, famine, storm damage, disease, you name it!

🤥Meme: Hi,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Shut up.

🤥Meme: I got $9386. Was shocked!!! This is cool. Please forward.



🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: It isn't cool bragging about how much money you have, and it isn't cool perpetuating hoaxes. You weren't shocked, this is as fake as the day is long.

👨‍💻Brett M. Christensen: In one newer version, the hoax has been converted into an image, complete with official-looking Microsoft logos and even a picture of Bill Gates himself. Another version includes a bank statement screenshot showing an account with over $40,000 credit.

The testimonies and screenshot are just rather lame attempts to add a measure of credibility to this foolish hoax. I dare say the testimonies were simply made up by one prankster or perhaps several working together. Since the bank statement does not include information about where the funds originated, it is virtually meaningless.

🤥Meme: Try it; what have you got to lose???? Suresh , Windows XP Support – Research Team

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Windows XP is obsolete. There is no such support research team...

As for what you got to lose by spreading this hoax, well, I could repeat myself, but instead, I'll let Brett Christensen of Hoax-slayer sort you out on that...

👨‍💻Brett M. Christensen: The message claims that recipients have nothing to lose by participating (“Try it, what have you got to lose?”). Well one thing you risk losing is your credibility. Being gullible enough to fall for this one is sure to earn you a degree of ridicule from at least a few of those you forward it to, even if they keep their ridicule to themselves.

By sending it onward, you also help to clutter inboxes around the world with one more piece of unwanted email nonsense.

🤥Meme:I thought this was a scam myself,

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: *Yawn* More bogus testimonials. Wake me up when you're through.

🤥Meme: But two weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address and withindays, I receive a check for $24,800.00.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Bull! No such check was ever issued from Microsoft to you or anyone else just for spreading your stupid hoax.

🤥Meme: You need to respond before the beta testing is over.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: You need to take a long walk off a short plank.

🤥Meme: If anyone can affoard this, Bill gates is the man.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: And you can't even spell 'afford'. It is all a lie; if it somehow was true, not even Bill Gates would afford to live, he would be in debt for the rest of his life.

But you would love that, wouldn't you? Beastly hoaxer...

🤥Meme:It’s all marketing expense to him.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: No. It's all a lot of stupid hooey...

🤥Meme: Please forward this to as many people as possible.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: What part of "NO" do you not understand?

🤥Meme: You are bound to get at least $10,000.00.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Liar! You are bound to get cyber-pummelled if you don't shut up quick.

🤥Meme: We’re not going to help them out with their e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Here's that little something for your idiotic lies. *Punch*

🤥Meme: My brother’s girlfriend

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Why in the world should I give a crap about your brother's girlfriend? Another imaginary person in your head anyway...

🤥Meme: got in on this a few months ago.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: And yet you said it was a two-week long thing. You can't even keep your dumb crap straight.

🤥Meme: When i went to visit him for the Baylor/UT game. She showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped “Paid in full”

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: Hurray for your imaginary brother's idiotic girlfriend. How stupid is that?

I don't go strutting around showing everybody the checks I get from work, nor would I if I won a lottery. People around here just don't do things that dopey.

🤥Meme:Like i said before, I know the law, and this is for real.

🧝‍♀️Ocean Elf: And like I said before, oh, forget it. *Pummel pummel pummel*

👨‍💻Brett M. Christensen: Bottom line? Every single version of this message that has circulated over the last two decades is complete nonsense and should not be taken seriously. Don’t be tempted to participate “just in case” it is true because all you will do is make yourself look foolish in front of your friends.


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