a.k.a. email hoax

Based on a phony e-mail message about a fellow named Turklebaum (who allegedly died at his desk), this term has come to symbolize all the bogus content, fake virus warnings, urban legends, stock hoaxes, and other forms of misinformation and faulty quotations found in e-mail messages, the newsgroups, or on the Web. As one user eloquently put it, "Every so often my in-box gets turklebaumed, so I have to go to Purportal.com to check its veracity."

See also : DBEYR  
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon