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Chapter 5. ONLINE DISCLOSURES AND THAT B... > Urban Legends and “Hi, I'm from Nige...

Urban Legends and “Hi, I'm from Nigeria and…”

Like computer viruses that travel the Internet in e-mail, so do false stories and requests for help. Not all of them have a “send money” message, so you might not suspect that the story is false. Probably the most famous of these is the “Craig Shergold” chain letter hoax. It asks you to send get well cards or business cards to a seven-year-old diagnosed with brain cancer who seeks to break the Guinness Book of Records count of cards. Some of this story is true; however, it all happened a long, long time ago (Craig Shergold was born in 1979). Don't believe stories such as this without checking them out, whether or not they ask for money. If they ask for money, don't send it. If the Web site or e-mail asks you to add your name to the bottom of the list and send $1 to each of the people at the top of the list, you are participating in a chain letter. Chain letters are against the law in the United States.

The following are excellent sites that offer additional information about urban legends and hoaxes:


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