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RIAA Email Hoax
for Guilty Downloaders
Article by David Nevue - Feb. 2004

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Feeling guilty about downloading all that music illegally? Well, if you are, you SHOULD. However, don't fall prey to this e-mail hoax circling the Internet right now.

AGAIN, THIS IS A HOAX. The e-mail you receive will look something like this:

Bureau of Entertainment Executive Rights

(Your Name Here)
Lan NO.: #9X-99XX9999
Computer ID: XX9999-XX-X
Case No.: RG38X751

Mr. (Your Last Name),

Recent documents received by this bureau indicate you have been involved in the unauthorized downloading and transferring of licensed music. Federal laws mandate that you immediately cease and desist all illegal activities pertaining to music theft. Further, you are required by law to pay all incurred penalties in conjunction with amendment 34-c, officially passed on march 10, 2003. In accordance with state jurisdictions, your failure to pay these penalties in full within 30 days of receipt of this notice will result in a warrant for your arrest. We are also required by law to inform you that a second offense will result in a minimum jail sentence of 90 days.

Penalties incurred in your particular case may be reviewed on our government website. All cases are deemed confidential. Penalties are assessed by each individual download, charged at a nonnegotiable rate of $1,200 per infraction. Click your specific case number (case no.: RG38X751) at (a web link is included here) to view the total amount due or to dispute your case.


Jim Roth
U.S. Agent
Bureau of Entertainment Executive Rights
Case No.: RG38751

Again, THIS IS A HOAX. Never send anyone money or fill out a form that comes to you via email. If anyone emails you asking you to verify credit card information, account numbers, or anything similar, WATCH OUT!


David Nevue is the founder of The Music Biz Academy. He is also a professional pianist, recording artist, full-time Internet musician, and author of the book, "How to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet."

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