Mean April Fool's Prank

About: I have a blast creating things, inventing things and pulling pranks. Getting a nose full of sawdust is very satisfying! Retired Carpenter and Construction Superintendent for the University of Illinois.

Intro: Mean April Fool's Prank

For this you will need a computer, word processor and a printer (or a typewriter in lieu of all three), stationary and manila envelopes. Staples only had #12 envelopes on the shelf, and I highly recommend #10 instead - I could not force my computer or printers (two different brands) to print #12 envelopes properly! This must be an anomaly with Microsoft Office 2007.

First type up a formal phony letter from the I.R.S. Audit Division (I used cotton rag paper with a watermark to make it more 'official'), then type a return address like, "U.S. Department of Revenue, Federal Courthouse, blah blah" and address it to your Victim. I fell for this one myself and had the envelope laying on the nightstand for two weeks before I had the nerve to open it!

Disclaimer: I have no idea if this is 'legal' or not, or if it violates USPS rules and policy, etc. This is intended for fun only and should not be used on persons with weak hearts, your enemies, curmudgeons, etc. A little imagination and you can tailor it to individual circumstances (Dept. of Public Health, H.I.V. Testing Facility...Kleegle and Lawson, LLC, Divorce Attorneys...etc.).

Share

    Recommendations

    • Metalworking Contest

      Metalworking Contest
    • Tiny Home Contest

      Tiny Home Contest
    • Fix It! Contest

      Fix It! Contest

    12 Discussions

    0
    None
    Boombuzz

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I should add that the second sheet of paper is an invitation to dinner...to try to make amends!

    0
    None
    ashleyjlong

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Ha! Funny idea. I suppose I myself would only do this to a close friend who I could reveal the joke to before they actually try showing up to the court house. I have no idea whether sending something on fake letterhead would be considered "impersonating an officer of the court"...or something like that. Very devious!

    We did a similar thing to a friend. We sent her a speeding ticket on a genuine police headed paper but said she was clocked at about 135 mph in her 1000cc Austin Mini along a stretch of road at a time when she would have been there. We also made up our own 'references' at the top of the page which had she read, would have made it obvious that it was a prank letter, assuming she hadn't come to that conclusion by the fact that her car would only do around 80 mph when pushed off a cliff with a rocket up it's exhaust pipe.

    It almost backfired as the dippy cow took it as genuine but asked her 'friends' for advice.

    We then pointed out the obvious highly suspicious 'references' and the fact that her car couldn't hit 135 mph even with high explosives!

    1 reply

    It's only mail fraud if you use it against someone that's not a friend.

    Someone that doesn't like you, or someone that's out of your line of sight.

    0
    None
    seamster

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Oh my, so nefarious!

    I did a prank similar to this a few years ago, when I worked for a small city department. I wrote up an official-looking letter that said in a very flowery way "due to budget restrictions, all city employees will be receiving a 20 percent pay cut, effective today," signed the bosses name, and put them on peoples' desks.

    The date was clearly marked April 1, but a few people just shrugged and said, "At least I still got a job."

    It spoke volumes about the climate we were working in, and I'm probably lucky I didn't get fired for that. It just wasn't funny, as it hit too close to home!

    1 reply
    0
    None
    owenkmc

    3 years ago

    Wait do you live in Urbana Illinois. I used to live there then moved. Just thought it was cool since Urbana is pretty small

    1 reply
    0
    None
    Veticus

    3 years ago

    Yup... That's illegal...