Of course now that I’ve blogged about urban legends I get another one sent to me today 🙂 This one sounds more believable (to some) because it purports to come from the South Australian Police Department.
This is what I replied with today.
This is what’s known as an Urban Legend or hoax. The story has been around since about 1967 in various forms. This is just one of the latest forms with local information put in to make it sound more real. By sending on these type of emails the hoax is being kept alive. You can read more about it here http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/backseat.asp
Also all this junk email which is sent around clogs and slows down email servers giving us users a slower service and costing Internet Service Providers money.
Please check these emails out before sending them on, the websites www.snopes.com and www.breakthechain.org are good sites to check.