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6 Scary Emails to Send to Friends as a Practical Joke

Tina Sieber 11-03-2010

April is coming up and you know what that means, don’t you? April Fools’ Day will be celebrated around the globe on April 1st. For you that means that it’s time to prepare pranks to play on your friends!


If you have friends that live too far away to literally play a practical joke on them, you could send them an email instead. Here is a list of scary emails to send to friends.

1. Scary Stories

scary emails to send to friends

Do you know someone who is scared easily? Then you don’t have to come up with anything smart, you can simply send them a scary story just in time for bedtime. Maybe spice it up by adding some pictures or by sending it anonymously. Scary For Kids has a neat collection of scary stories.

2. Dead Fake

scary emails to send to friends

Dead Fake is a service that lets you send anonymous emails. That alone is not a prank. The thing with this site is that you can make your email appear to come from anyone you choose. Do I need to say more?


You could pretend to be your friend’s boss or a government official and I’m sure you can come up with content that will scare your friend. After all, you know them best!

3. Fright Gauge

scary emails to send to friends

Do you have a friend who is very proud of their “visual acuity”? Send them this “Find the Fiend” gauge to reveal how well their eyesight is. It will show them just how much higher-than-average their perception skills really are.

A similar page better suited for a younger audience is Where’s Waldo.


4. Online Hearing Test

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For this one to work, you have to embed the code on a website or one of your social network profiles and then send your friend the link. Unfortunately, the source website gives quite a few clues to this being a fake test. However, if you manage to set this up somewhere, it’s one of the most scary tests to email a friend. Fortunately, the code to embed the test is included.

A similar test is Color Vision Deficiency.

5. Driver’s License Search

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This is a website prank. The site claims that the National Motor Vehicle License Organization is now required by law to provide public access to all US driver’s licenses online. It’s the perfect prank to play on someone who has been refusing to show you their passport or driver’s license with the claim that their picture was so ugly. You can now tell them how shocked you were by how ugly their photo really was.

6. The Dexter Hit List [No Longer Available]

funny scary emails to forward

If you want to scare someone in the UK, take advantage of this ingenious video generator. Be sure to enter your victim’s full name, their real age range, an actual occupation, and a real characteristic of them into the form.

Your friend will receive a link to, a video webpage. The video is that of a press conference in which a serial murder is described with hints to potential future victims. At the end of the video the prank is revealed, so no reasons to worry.


The preview for the video did not work for me, the link that is emailed, however, worked perfectly.

Do you want to remain anonymous when sending scary emails to friends?

Are you looking for more scary stuff? Here is some material for you:

If, however, you’re looking for more pranks to play, check out these articles:

What is the best prank you ever played on someone?

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  1. Ricarda Carolina Rende
    February 8, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I found this site amazing and useful to a good prank. Very nice

    • Tina Sieber
      February 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Ricarda! Glad to hear readers still find this article useful after so many years.

  2. Ryan Dube
    March 12, 2010 at 7:02 am

    The "Fright Gauge" one is really funny. I've seen that practical joke used on people before and some of the reactions are downright gut-busting. Just have a camera

  3. Lucey Lou
    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

    some of these sites could be a breeding ground of opportunities for phishers and hacks. i wish this info was not available.
    (though i love everything else on this site!!)