Have you ever heard the legend that you can contact an illuminati agent/antichrist figure named FRANK, at the address firstname.lastname@example.org?
Well I know the true origins of this urban legend, it's the legend that I based my user name on, and the thing that got me interested in conspiracies
in the first place.
It's an old conspiracy now, and i'm not sure how many of you have heard it. But I hope you enjoy it if you haven't.
To start off i'll explain that I was born and raised in London, England.
Roughly five years ago there was a job posted on an English production jobs website called 'Mandy.com' (In fact I think there were two jobs posted 1
year apart from each other) .. With the subject line that read 'Idle Hands wanted for mysterious Job' or something to that effect. The job ad was
quite vague but basically outlined that a new magazine called 'The False Prophet' was opening and they were looking for creatives of all
Anyone who has worked in the creative and production industry, or as a writer will know how competitive the industry is, and how difficult it can be
to find work. (So given that this was a paying job, you won't be surprised to hear that a great proportion of the population of the London creative
industry sent their resume to the email provided (email@example.com) the contact on the posting was for someone called Frank.
A few months after the ad was posted rumours started circulating through chat rooms and blogs that people had experienced strange things whilst being
recruited for the job. Applicants were allegedly put through unorthodox methods of recruitment. They received cryptic messages and their responses
were often sent to other applicants, creating a strange scenario where applicants were in direct contact with each other without actually meeting the
other person, or the recruiter. (Whilst I can't attest to the truth of a large proportion of the latter rumours, I can state certainly as fact that
(a) This job ad existed - because a friend of mine who is an illustrator applied for the job, and (b) It's true that there was at least some form of
pranking happening in relation to the ad - because my friend was put through some strange ordeals himself.
Through rumours the story gained it's own level of embelishment, and it's certain that many stories were fabricated or hoaxes, so the line between
what actually happened and what is fictional remains unknown. My friend was told to write a slanderous review about another applicants work, and then
received a slanderous review from another applicant about his work. Then he was given the contact details of the applicant and told to ring him up and
destroy him psychologically if he wanted to get the job. This is where my friend opted out of the process because he found it too disturbing. But the
stories spread amongst shoreditch trendies, on blogs and on facebook claimed that some people were called out to interviews at strange hours, only to
find that no-one was there, or that cryptic symbols or pictograms had been left at the address provided. Some claimed that people entered buildings in
Old Street for an interview, only to be locked in with the lights off and messed around with psychologically. Some claim they were told where to find
a weapon and an order to kill somebody of importance, or people were given maps and told to drop parcels off to certain locations (Fueling the post
tube bombing paranoia).. There are even some stories of people claiming to have been tortured in a mimickry to the saw movies.. Or to have seen a dead
body at the location provided, only to have it missing when they reported it.
At some point the stories got tied in with the hysteria surrounding the film Donnie Darko. People claimed that if you navigated to a certain point in
the Donnie Darko website:
Then a message came up which said 'To get to level three you must find the book of the key and the lock'.. (I think there must have been other
messages circulating at the time about level two (maybe level two was contacting Frank i'm not sure).. In any case the stories got slowly embelished
until the email address came to be known as the address of some contact within the illuminati, or even the antichrist himself.
So it gained a bloody mary type of reputation.. Where people claimed that if you sent an email to Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org then strange
things would start happening to you.. Or maybe you would get initiated into the illuminati.
The hype died down for a while, but just recently it seemed like the hoaxter had returned, as someone had claimed on a thread in the 4chan /x/
paranormal thread that if you typed the first paragraph of genesis into the strange art project website JODi.org:
Then a message popped up which said 'It's time to contact Frank again'...
The email address resurfaced and many people were trying to contact the address again to see if the events were linked. One anonymous member emailed
Frank on behalf of anonymous to see what would happen:
Some time later another anon claimed that he had found this message on the JODI website:
Hysteria grew for some time, and it was then that someone noticed a post in another /x/ thread regarding occult books, where someone had posted a
message that their Uncle's friend had a very cool Occult Book in his house which was extremely rare and planned on going around to his house in order
to photocopy the pages whence he would return and post it. The books name? You guessed it 'The book of the key and the lock' apparently
alternatively titled on the inset 'The book of Loki' or 'The book of Lucifer'..
After thorough investigation it is now believed that the poster of this occult book thread also posted artificial or photoshoped images from the JODI
website and was responsible for both. Most likely a copycat of the original London pranks.
So that is all the information that I know about this. I have been trying to track down articles or blogs about the events but they are quite hard to
find. Hope you enjoyed it.