I came across the following article on Urban Legends on the scambusters.org website. It's a really good site to subscribe if you do anything on the internet.
WHAT ARE URBAN LEGENDS?
Urban legends are stories that are either funny and/or contain horrifying content that may or may not be true. They spread quickly, and often have many different variants. Most urban legends are false -- but some are true.
Email urban legends and email hoaxes (which are what we focus on here) usually tell recipients to forward the email to everyone they know. In fact, that's one of the tell-tale signs that you have a false urban legend or hoax!
Below you'll find many of the most popular urban legends and hoaxes, so you can discover if that "urgent" email is legitimate or not.
Popular Urban Legends and Email Hoaxes:
Abercrombie and Fitch
Al Gore and the Scriptures
Amazon.com and Anti-Semitism
Anna Cohen Letter
Are UPS Uniforms Being Bought by Terrorists?
Bananas: Are They Safe?
Bath and Body Works
Celcom Screen Saver
Cicadas: Are They Really Vicious Killers -- and Can You Earn Money Collecting Them?
Coca Cola for a Month -- Free?
Cyanide Laced Deposit Envelopes
Does KFC Use Real Chickens?
Elf Bowling Virus
Email Tracking Software: RH Power Email Tracker (And Others)
Epilepsy: Will Your Forwarding an Email Save a Life?
Gang Initiations at the Gas Pumps
Gap Gift Certificates
Gas Prices and Gas Boycott
Gasoline Prices: Why Are They So High?
Honda Offers $1000
Inside Edition: The Special on the Epidemic of Abducted Women
Is AOL Instant Messenger Shutting Down?
Is Hotmail Shutting Down?
Is the Kali Virus Real?
Is the Mirror on the Wall in a Public Bathroom Actually a Two Way Mirror?
Janet Reno: Are You a Cultist??
Lump of Coal
Make A Wish Foundation
McDonalds - Are There Really Hypodermic Needles in the Play Areas?
Microsoft AOL Email Beta Test
Microwave Oven and Water
Missing Children: Can Forwarding an Email Help the Search?
Needles on the Underside of Gas Pumps?
NPR: Will the Supreme Court Decision end the NEA?
Preven and Walmart
Sony Ericsson Free Phone
Spunkball WarningThe Man Without a Face
Tracking Email That's Forwarded
Victoria Secret Gift Certificate
Win a Nokia Cell Phone
Y2Kcount .exe Attachment: Microsoft Year 2000 Counter
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