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Each chain letter is labeled according to the following types. Click the underlined text for a description of each type.


VW Virus Warning
SN Something for Nothing
GI Good Intention, Poor Execution
UL New Urban Legend
RB Real, But...

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IBM Computer Giveaway

SN

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"If you got this e-mail, you're lucky" Hoax

SN

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Internet Cleaning Day

UL

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iWon.com (I sure hope this works) Hoax

SN

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"It takes guts to say Jesus" Virus

VW

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Jada Cohen Sick Child Plea

UL

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Java Hole E-mail Tracking

SN

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"Join the Crew" Virus

VW

McAfee

Jonah Peretti's Personalized Nikes

RB

Snopes.com

Kelsey Brooke Jones

UL

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Kennedy/Lincoln Similarities

UL

Snopes.com

KFC uses Genetically Altered Organisms

UL

About.com

The Klingerman Virus - It's in the Mail

UL

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Kyoto Protocol Petition new

GI

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Lauren Pingel Prayer Request new

GI

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"Let's Watch TV" Virus

VW

Symantec

The Level of God's Perfection (Shaya's Story)

RB

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"Love Letter" Offspring

RB

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"Lump of Coal" Virus

VW

Network Associates

MADD Poem and Petition

GI

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Mark Eklund: All the Good Things

RB

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McDonalds' Deadly Ball Pit

UL

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McDonalds' Fried Chicken Head

RB

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McDonalds vs. Taco Bell Magical Video Clip

SN

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McVeigh Book Boycott New

GI

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Mel Gibson: The REAL "Man Without a Face?"

UL

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Michael Novenche - Help a sick child

RB

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Microwaved water can explode

UL

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Microsoft/AOL Merger e-mail tracking = free money

SN

About.com

"Misty Child Abuse" Petition

GI

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Murphy, Jordan and the Elevator Lady

UL

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Naked Wife.exe

RB

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Napster Shutting Down?

UL

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Old Navy Gift Card Giveaway

SN

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Paget's Disease of the Breast (Nipple) Updated

RB

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Paid in full with a glass of milk

RB

TruthorFiction.com

Perfume-Toting Theives

GI

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Perrin.exe Virus Hoax

VW

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Petition to Save Public Broadcasting

GI

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Petition to save religious broadcasting (Touched by an Angel)

UL

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Petition to Save the Amazon Rain Forest

GI

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The Phantom Menace Virus

VW

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Phenylpropanolamine Warning

RB

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Post Office to discontinue Black Heritage Stamps

UL

About.com

Postal Service wants to tax E-Mail

UL

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Prescriptions for Herbal Remedies?

GI

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President Clinton to Lower the Flag for China, Vietnam

UL

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PrettyPark.exe Warning

VW

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The Price of a Miracle

GI

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Pyramid Schemes and "Business Opportunities"

SN

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VW - Virus Warning Hoaxes prey on new internet users who have little knowledge about technology and how it works. Since there are literally thousands of people every day who access the 'net for the first time, it's easy to see why these hoaxes are so widespread. They are frequently characterized by describing terrible consequenses that are not really possible, quoting "official" sources like AOL, IBM, or Microsoft and by desperately urging you to forward it on to everyone you know.
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SN - Something for Nothing Hoaxes offer you cash, prizes, merchandise, or trips in exchange for forwarding the e-mail on to everyone you know. Quite frequently, they mention or allude to a form of "e-mail tracking," and usually describe some type of pyramid payoff structure (e.g. you get $10 for each person you forward to, $8 for each THEY forward to, etc.).
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GI - Good Intentions, Poor Execution Messages usually start life as true, honest efforts. Unfortunately, they are usually created by someone who doesn't completely understand the reach and limitations of the e-mail system. The most common ones are Missing Child pleas for help, "e-petitions" to stop some injustice, or a campaign to grant a dying child his or her last wish. No matter how true these start out to be, they are destined to become Urban Legends because they won't go away.
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UL - New Urban Legends are classic urban legends given a new twist through e-mail, or brand new tales of the bizarre. They usually tell of a specific incident that is technically possible, but provides no verifiable information to prove it true. They usually extend this specific happening to a general warning about something and feature an empassioned plea for you to forward it to your friends and loved ones.
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RB - Real, But... are chains that, while factually correct, should not be forwarded. Advisories that site no source, are not dated, or offer no steps to protect yourself from the threat they warn of fit this category.
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