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Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter

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.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.





Last updated: 27th March 2010
First published: 2003
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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




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.

References
Castle of Spirits
Deadly Ghost Photo

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Last updated: 27th March 2010
First published: 2003
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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