December 20, 2006 9:37pm CST
I'm sure we've all seen them, you know the ones - This happened to a friend of mine and I wanted to pass it on - such and such happened and it was lucky she did whatever - I wanted to share this with you so it wouldn't happen to you. Then, like chain mail, they get passed around, sometimes with slightly different variations but all much the same. What do you do when you get them? Do you pass them on, do you ever try and verify whether it's true or not, and if not mention to the person it came from that it's just a hoax (in the hopes they'll stop sending them) or do you just delete them. And where do they come from anyway? does someone sit at their computer and come up with a fictional story and just start sending, or maybe they hit the urban legend sites and combine a few different stories :-) I often wonder if the person who sent the first one in the line ever wonders just how far it goes.
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21 Dec 06
I receive them all the time from well meaning ill informed friends. Most of the time, I check them out to see if its a hoax first. Then inform the sender that it was a hoax along with a link to check it out themselves.
21 Dec 06
Hi, Thanks for responding - I've tried that, I've now got to the point where I just delete, delete and delete :-) While some of them certainly have sound advice (like make sure you're aware etc) it's when people get caught up in it and start believing that it gets too much for me.