The Computer Tan Hoax

Would you like to get an all-year tan simply by sitting in front of your computer?

computer-tan-hoaxWell, now you can, apparently…

As the video at says –

This technological breakthrough is enabled by converting the electrical impulse delivered to your pc into radiated factor-free UV rays.

Yeah, right!!

I’m sure most people could see straight through that and would realise that it is a hoax.

However, some 30,000 visitors to the website signed up to receive a free computer tan in just 24 hours before The Times Online revealed that it was a marketing effort from Skcin, a British skin cancer charity, designed to raise awareness of skin cancer in the UK.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Can you believe that that website has had over a million hits now? Wow!

  2. Interesting way to get your message across. More clicks, but less reliability and trust.

  3. Desmond Monihan says:

    hahaha, great one, will forward it to sis right now cos she’s gullible 😉

  4. I wonder if it’ll work on CRT monitors?

  5. Artificial Intelligence says:

    I don’t know that I’d categorize everyone who clicked on that link as a victim to a hoax. I, for one, would be willing to follow the link to see what the joke was.

  6. You have to be pretty dumb imho to believe the claims made on that site. How 30k ppl fell for that I will never know.

  7. ha ha some people will believe anything!

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