I hate spam, and while every now and then I too send out something I think is important, please don't forward email scams, spams, petitons, chain letters.....best to check out the info on the sites I link below. Now, please read the following information. Thanks to whoever is the author as I can't take credit for this as it was sent to me in an email.

1. Big companies don't do business via chain letters. Bill Gates is not giving you $1000, and Disney is not giving you a free vacation. There is no baby food company issuing class action checks. Procter and Gamble is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and its logo is not satanic. MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most people.

Furthermore, just because someone said in a message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit", does not actually make it true.

2. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened to their cousin. If you are hell-bent on believing the kidney theft ring stories, please see:


And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories. None have." That's "none" as in "zero". Not even our friend's cousin.

3. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And even if you don't, you can get a copy at: http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html">http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html

Then, if you make the recipe and decide the cookies are that awesome,feel free to pass the recipe on.

4. If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that went to particulate over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would reach the public via an AOL chainletter?

5. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact, you should never,ever, ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm that at an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses. Try:"http://www.norton.com">http://www.norton.com

And even then, don't forward it. We don't care. And you cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to download....ya know, like, a FILE!

6. There is no gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving at night without lights.

7. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape to write email,turn off the "HTML encoding." Those of us on Unix shells can't read it, and don't care enough to save the attachment and then view it with a web browser, since so many such files are frivolous matter. (I,and most of my friends,prefer not to receive attachments. If a text is to be sent, copying it and then pasting it onto the body of the e-mail itself works just fine.)

8. If you still absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message from a friend, at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of headers showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months. It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the ">" that begin each line either. In fowarding material you think important, avoid simply using the "forward" button. Copy the message, paste it onto a "new message", delete the headers, and clean up the "< >" before sending it.

9. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying of cancer or anything else at this time and would like everyone to stop sending him their business cards. He apparently is no longer a "little boy" either.

10. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work, but they have had to establish a special toll free hot line in response to the large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation. It is distracting them from the important work they do.

11. If you are of those who forwards anything that "promises" something bad will happen if you "don't," then consider this rule of thumb: never pass on a curse and know that such a threat is made null and void by a blessing. Don't forward it (such messages are usually fivolous at best) and instead utter a blessing to the Earth under your breath.

12. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, and PBS and NEA funding are still vulnerable to attack (although not at the present time) but forwarding an e-mail won't help either cause in the least. If you want to help, contact your local legislative representative, or get in touch with Amnesty International or the Red Cross. As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever the competition is complaining about.

(P.S.: There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long-distance companies to charge you for using the Internet.)

Bottom Line... composing e-mail or posting something on the Net is as easy as writing on the walls of a public restroom. Don't automatically believe it until it's proven false... ASSUME it's false, unless there is proof that it's true. Look for responsible references and cited websites for further information.


Computer Virus Myths

Anti Virus Research Center

CIAC Internet Chain Letters

Email Chain letters,etc.

ZD Net Internet Scams

Current Internet Hoaxes


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