Recieved from a patron this afternoon:
Dear AIM users,
Because of our overloading of our servers, we are being forced to extract our non-active AIM users. Because this is a free service, AOL has exceeded the budget for the AIM service. We are asking that you send this exact message to 20 other AIM users to ensure us that you’re an active AIM user. Our system tracking devise will pick up this message to keep you on our active list. You have 72 hours to complete this task or your service will be cancelled immediately. Starting August 10, 2004 we will be charging a small fee for registering of a screen name for AIM. Thank you for your time and for using AOL or AIM.
AOL Time Warner
After they sent this text, they asked “Does this mean we’re going to have to pay for IM!?” I assured them that it was just a hoax, sent them a link, and told them to not be concerned. I could almost hear a sigh of relief over the computer.
11/15 Update: click here for info about the AIM hoax