Internet Urban Legends

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I’m usually a cool-headed guy, and when someone sends me an email that seems suspicious (especially one that’s been forward to a gazillion people), I usually so a little research to try and verify its claims.

For example:

No, congress isn’t “on the verge” of making us pay for email “postage.” No, by forwarding that email to all your friends AOL and Microsoft will not send you a big check. No, there is no little boy with cancel in a London hospital that wanted to get into the record books by having his email harass the most people of any other chain letter. Et cetera ad nauseum!

So when Jason over at ahoyhoy.org posted an email that he received, I couldn’t help but laugh at how naive people can be online as compared to “in real life.”

Subject: Warning!

Like you, I hate it when people forward bogus warnings. But, this one is important. Please forward to those you care about.

If someone comes to your front door saying they are conducting a survey on deer ticks and asks you to take all of your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!! IT IS A SCAM.

I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid now.

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