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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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Rachael Arlington - Sick Child

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The Rape Petition New

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Rapists of 6-year old New

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RH Power/Outback E-mail Tracking

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Rhyan Desquetado - An Amy Bruce clone

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"The Room" by Brian Moore New

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Robert Redford's Letter for SaveBioGems.org New

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Sam's Club child Abduction stopped by Code Adam

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SandMan URL Warning

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Savage Exit Video Game New

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Self-Defense Tips for Women

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Shampoo Causes Cancer? NEW!

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Shannon's lesson about stalkers

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Shopping Mall Abduction Scams

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SlaveMaster Cyberstalker Warning

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Slow Dance Dying Child Hoax

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Sulfnbk.exe Virus Hoax NEW

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Super Bright Full Moon

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Take Back the Net on April 3

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The Taliban's War Against Women

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Toxic Tampons

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Traffic Tickets: How to Avoid Points

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UNESCO's Petition for Afghan Heritage

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"Undeliverable or Returned Mail" Virus

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IBM

Use banks' prepaid envelopes agains them

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"Vanishing Friend" Chain Letter

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Vermont's Gay Rights Legislation

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Veueve Clicquot Free Champagne

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Victoria's Secret Gift Certificate Offer

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A Virtual Card For You

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Voluntary Rolling BlackoutsNew

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Wal-Mart's Preven Policy New

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Water: the Miracle Drink

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The Wife in the Coffee Table

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"Win A Holiday" Virus

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"WOBBLER"/"How to Give a Cat a Colonic" Virus

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Y2K fix for your VCR

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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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