Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Childrens Make A Wish Foundation Hoax please read
Re: Childrens Make A Wish Foundation Hoax please read
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 07:45:55 -0800
At 21:37 -0500 on 11/20/1998, VALERIE & WAYNE SPIVEY mailed Childrens Make
A Wish Foundation please read:
>I was sent this in the mail.I thought what better place than to help this
>boy than SCOUTS-L. If I am wrong and people object to me posting this here I
>am truly sorry.
This is an 'urban legend' e-mail chain letter bomb, but you aren't the
first to be caught by it. It has been bouncing around the net for a year or
two or ten.
I don't think that Scouter Ted's 'definitive e-mail hoax' message (freely
plagiarized from others and tweaked and combined) has been posted to this
list before, so here goes:
Folks, from time to time you get one of those messages urging you to "tell
all your friends immediately before the [insert name here] virus erases
their hard drive, sterilizes their children, and defrosts their freezer".
>From time to time you get a message saying that Little Orphan Annie is
going to have a great blessing bestowed on her if only you would e-mail ten
thousand friends with a request. Almost always, these messages are a fraud,
designed to snarl up the Internet with a huge volume of messages, if not
bury some unsuspecting recipient in a deluge of cards, labels, etc.
Here is a rather full list of Internet resources to help you sort truth
from hoax, which I urge you to look over every time you get one of those
messages -- BEFORE you tell everyone immediately.
"E-mail Virus alerts & other chain letters:"
Specifically for the "Win a Holiday" Hoax:
AOL has an entire section on this hoax and others similar to
it. Go to Keyword: "virus." Your own Internet service providers
may have info, as well.
If you are concerned about alerts of any kind from Microsoft,
check their website or sign up for their free newsletter, and be
the first to know: http://www.microsoft.com/
"E-mail Virus" and Other Kinds of Hoaxes:
A light-hearted treatment of hoaxes:
Some good material on evaluating sources:
* Evaluating Internet Research Sources at
* Evaluation of Information Sources at
* Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources at
It *is* possible to design responsible alerts for people to
circulate on the Internet. Here is a how-to that draws positive
conclusions from long experience with badly designed alerts:
* Designing Effective Action Alerts for the Internet at
Please check with reliable hoax-busters before forwarding
material such as a "virus" e-mail message, to *anyone,* please.
Now that you know, you needn't ever again fall victim or
victimize others in spreading groundless fears or "urban
legends." It's *so easy to check.* Spread the good word.
Netiquette & E-mail usage for beginners:
Netiquette Guidelines for & beyond beginners (RFC 1855; FYI 28)
This document provides a minimum set of guidelines for Network
Etiquette (Netiquette) which organizations may take and adapt
for their own use. As such, it is deliberately written in a
bulleted format to make adaptation easier and to make any
particular item easy (or easier) to find. It also functions
as a minimum set of guidelines for individuals, both users and
administrators. This memo is the product of the Responsible
Use of the Network (RUN*1) Working Group of the Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF*2).
Ethics and the Internet (RFC 1087)
This memo is a statement of policy by the Internet
Architectures Board (IAB*3) at the Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF*2) concerning the proper use of the resources of
Guidelines for Conduct on and Use of Internet
Draft document written and maintained by Vint Cerf,
President of Internet Society (ISOC*4).
The Net: User guidelines and Netiquette
The guidelines by Ms Arlene H. Rinardy of Florida Atlantic
The WWW version of the book "Netiquette" by Virginia Shea,
published by Albion Books*6.
Why 30 hyphens or a line of asterisks is a no-no in
list messages (they are part of the digest format
and having them in messages, messes things up):
Thank you for listening. Ted Burton, Inland Northwest 611, Es Kaielgu 311
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