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Hoaxes, False Virus Warnings and Chain Letters

Hoaxes and false virus warnings are commonly distributed in email by people who are unaware that some of these items have been circulating on the Internet for 5 or 10 years already. Not everyone likes to see these messages propagating indefinitely. For example, read one person's reaction. Learn to protect yourself from embarrassment by checking suspicious email stories and warnings at these sites:

Virus Hoaxes and Other Internet Myths
The Urban Legends Archive
Urban Legends and Folklore at About.Com