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Sending a copy of a cute message to one, two, or several friends is not a problem but sending an unconfirmed warning or plea to everyone you know, with the request that they also send it to everyone they know simply adds to the clutter already filling our mailboxes!

Take the Boulder Pledge

" Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited email message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community."

The above is a simple part of the solution to the spam problem, devised by Roger Ebert at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado. (Although the pledge dates from his column in Yahoo Internet Life's December 1996 issue, it continues to be relevant in 2014.)

WHEN IN DOUBT, Throw it out!
If it’s spam, it’s a scam!

These are almost always hoaxes and scams. Keep that in mind the next time you get one of these in your email inbox. An additional precaution is to use antivirus software that will continually scan your computer for spam.

updated August 2020
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