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Hoaxes and Scams
Along with viruses and spam, *hoaxes* are one of the most common
plagues of email. Hoax emails often bring threats of impossible
computer viruses, or other fictional threats to your computer
security. Other hoaxes are so-called "urban legends"
-- misleading stories passed from
person to person, usually about shocking or scandalous events.
Don't fall prey to the disinformation of email hoaxes -- get the
Computer viruses are a real problem for Windows
users, and many people worry about them. Virus hoaxes take advantage
of this. A hoax message might describe a purported new virus,
very dangerous and supposedly immune to anti-virus software. The
hoax might instruct you to delete files from your computer or
run an attached piece of software. Don't fall for it! Doing these
things can harm your operating system.
Other hoaxes describe phony scandalous stories, usually trying
to rile people up or scare them with a trumped-up tale or horror
story. These hoaxes are often phrased as chain letters -- "Pass
this story to all your friends!" Please don't -- check the
facts first, or you'll be doing your friends wrong by misleading