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Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email that includes an image of a ghostly girl in the Sundarbans claims that bad luck will befall those who do not forward the message.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the email are untrue. The “ghost girl” has been added to the photograph of the young man using image manipulation software such as Photoshop.

Example

Subject: Fw: Read before u view the picture – Believe it not

The guy in the photo went to the Sundarbans with his friends and he asked 1 of his friends to take his picture in that very place. While his friend was taking the picture he screamed and fainted, 2 days later he died in the medical college. Doctors said he died because of heart attack.

When the photos were exposed, in the last photo there was a lady standing right beside him though friends claim that he was standing alone.

Many people said it is a rumor and the picture is the result of the blessings of latest technology. However, the photo itself is very scary and I’m sure you’ll also feel the same way I’ve felt. Here you go with the photo!!!

A navy officer sent this letter to 13 people and he was promoted.. A business man received this letter and threw it away..not believing in it.. and he lost everything he had within 13 days.. It reached a labourer and he distributed it to 13 people.. he was promoted and all his problems were solved within 13 days.. So you must send this e mail to 13 people for something good to happen to you so people..get sending !! 🙂 don’t be lazy.. P/S : Do not send back to the person who send this to you!!!

Ghostly Girl Image

 

Detailed Analysis

This email attempts to re-enforce a typical chain letter message by attaching a “ghost” photograph. Like many chain letters, the email promises good luck for those who forward the message and bad luck for those who don’t.

Given that the image of the “ghost” has appeared on the Internet before in completely different contexts, it is not hard to work out that the picture is a computer-generated forgery.

The photograph was supposedly taken in the Sundarbans, which is a National Park in Bangladesh. Earlier in 2003, India’s Thanthi newspaper published the smiling “ghost” picture, causing fear and alarm among residents of Tiruchi. The article falsely reported that the boy in the photograph had slipped into a coma after viewing the picture.
The same image appears in another “ghost photo” featured on the Castle of Spirits website and various other websites on the Internet.

Versions of the hoax email have now been circulating for several years.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer