About two weeks ago I was checking my whymail on my other account and I got
a strange letter from a Whyvillain. I read through it carefully, and what it
said was this:
Attention -- Hello, This is [name removed by Times Editor] and I am a member
of City Council, NOT THE WHYVILLE STAFF. I have been a respected member of the
Whyville community for a couple of years. And I have great News for you....
though you've been in trouble before, we feel you would make a great candidate
for City Council. If you are interested please mail me back all the required
information stated below which is required to fill this position. This is to
verify that you are a valid member of Whyville. Please type the correct answers
to following questions below (if you do not type the correct answers below your
application wil be discarded),
***Do not send application as y-mail therefore it will be discarded to...
10.Siblings belonging to Whyville...
11.Last 2 password...(verification purpose to prove that its really you)
12.What makes you think that you are qualified for the position?
13.If you had a chance to serve for the week, what would you do to try
and change Whyville?
14.What is one of the most important qualities to you of a Whyvillian
15.Any other additional comments
**Just remember that I am apart of city council, not a Whyville staff memeber
so some if this information we do not have an some is just for indentification
****Send applications via email to apply- citycouncil_Whyville at hotmail.com*****
Beware if you are qualified and willing to fill this position you must not
take advantage of Whyville citizens. A few advantages come along with this position
you will be granted to power to punish mis-behaving citizens by muting,vaporizing
or banishing. Another advantage is the bonus 20 clams a day to pay for any needs
of yours. If you meet our expectations within a week you will be granted a free
Why-Pass courtesy of City Council. We want Whyville to be a better place and
possibly with your help it could be. We would like your reply as soon as possible.
I thought it was rather strange that a Whyvillian would send me an application
that asked if I wanted to join city council. I also found it rather odd that
someone would ask me personal questions, like what my last name is or what my
e-mail address is.
A week later, I was sent the very same letter on my second Whyville account.
I was getting very suspicious and decided I was willing to test them out.
I created a new email adress with the same password as my second account, use
my second Whyville account, and make up a first and last name for my safety.
So I sent all the information that was needed to "become a Whyville council
member" to the email address they gave me.
A little while later, I tried to get back on that Whyville account, and I
couldn't get on! The password had been changed, as I suspected would happen.
I tried to log on to my "false" email account, but surely enough,
the password was changed there, too.
My personal information is still a secret, but yours may not be if you fall
for this horrible trick! If you get this same message, 911 report it immediately!
Editor's Note: The most obvious part of this scam is that
they're asking for your password, which is SO against the rules in Whyville
and anywhere else... but to add to it, they're asking you to send email to an
address that doesn't end in @whyville.net. You should never believe anyone who
doesn't email you from a whyville.net address -- and even then, City Hall basically
never contacts citizens outside of Whyville, and would certainly never
ask you to fill out any kind of form outside of Whyville.
Oh, and let us not forget, there is NO SUCH THING as the "City Council"!!
Always 911 report people who send you Y-mails about this. If you get an
email message like this, you can forward it to email@example.com
and ask them to "Please contact the site administrators to shut down the
person's email account for impersonating employees of the Numedeon company."
On that note, City Hall will be politely contacting Hotmail about "citycouncil_Whyville@hotmail.com"
very very soon.
Thank you for helping us stay informed!!