Netlore Archive: Latest version of an old email hoax warns people not to reply to messages from a person using the screen name 'Rockhard abs' or 'Jason Stallings,' supposedly a suspect in the murders of several women he met online
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Sep. 2006 (this version)
Email example contributed by "Dr. Buzz," Sep. 14, 2006:
Fwd: Fw: please read,scarey
State Police Warning
WARNING STATE POLICE DO NOT IGNORE
This is very serious so please repost.
State police warning for online: Please read this "very carefully"..then send it out to all the people online that you know. Something like this is nothing to be taken casually; this is something you DO want to pay attention to.
If a person with the screen-name of Rockhard abs or goes by his name Jason Stallings contacts you, do not reply. DO NOT talk to this person; do not answer any of his instant messages or e-mail. Whoever this person may be, he is a suspect for murder in the death of 3 women (so far) contacted through the Internet. He is a suspect in a shooting and is known for raping and beating young women. He is located in the mid-michigan area. Please send this to all the women on your buddy list and ask them to pass this on, as well. This screen-name was seen on Yahoo and AOL so far. This is not a joke! Please send this to men too...just in case! Send to everyone you know! Ladies, this is serious.
Comments: Ignore this hoax, which is simply a copycat version of false warnings circulating online since 2000. Over the years, these messages have named several different men who allegedly murdered women they contacted on the Internet: "Slavemaster," "SweetCaliGuy4ever," "Jokerkid613 / Ja$on MoNey," and now "Rockhard abs" / "Jason Stallings."
Only in the case of "Slavemaster" -- real name: John E. Robinson -- was there any truth to the warnings, and even in messages pertaining to him the facts were misstated. Robinson was charged in 2000 with the murders of five women he met in chat rooms, and was considered a suspect in six other unsolved murder cases. By the time the email warnings began circulating, however, Robinson was already behind bars and posed no further threat to society. He is now on death row.
There have been no actual state police warnings or news stories in recent years naming a "Jason Stallings" or anyone using the screen name "Rockhard abs" as a murder suspect.