Forwarded Hoaxes
Corporate Giveaways Big companies don't do business via chain letters.  Bill Gates is not giving you $1,000, and Disney is not giving you a free vacation.  There is no baby food company issuing class-action checks.  MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most people.  You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true".  Furthermore, just because someone said in the message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit", does not actually make it true.
Kidney-Theft Ring There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans.  No one is waking up in a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened to their cousin.  If you are hell-bent on believing the kidney-theft ring stories, please see: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/robbery/kidney.asp.  And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories.  None have.  That's 'none' as in 'zero'.  Not even your friend's cousin."
Neiman Marcus Cookies Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe.  And even if they do, we all have it.  And even if you don't, you can get a copy at: http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html.  Then, if you make the recipe, decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on (without the fake story please).
NASA Rocket Disaster If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that went to particulate over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would reach the public via an AOL chain letter?
Good Times There is no "Good Times" virus.  In fact, you should never, ever, ever forward any E-Mail containing any virus warning unless you first confirm it through an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses.  Try: http://www.symantec.com/.  And even then, don't forward it.  We don't care.  And you cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or E-Mail, you have to download it....ya know, like, a FILE!
Forwarding Messages If you absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message from a friend, at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of headers showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months.  It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the " " or >> that begin each line.  Besides, if it has gone around that many times we've probably already seen it anyway.
Craig Shergold Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying of cancer or anything else at this time and would like everyone to stop sending him their business cards.  He apparently is also no longer a "little boy" either.
Make a Wish The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work, but they have had to establish a special toll free hot line in response to the large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation.  It is distracting them from the important work they do.
Afghanistan Women Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, and PBS and NEA funding are still vulnerable to attack (although not at the present time) but forwarding an E-Mail won't help either cause in the least.  If you want to help, contact your local legislative representative, or get in touch with Amnesty International or the Red Cross.  As a general rule, E-Mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever the competition is complaining about.  (P. S. There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long distance companies to charge you for long distance when using the Internet.)
Proctor & Gamble The CEO of Proctor & Gamble has NEVER been a guest on any of the TV talk shows to proclaim P&G's allegiance to Satan.  All the disclaimers to this fact are posted on the varios suhows web sites.  This is one of the longest running hoaxes anywhere... way before E-Mail was ever known by most people.  P&G is NOT a satanic organization, although I'm sure Satan sure is smiling over all the prolific E-Mails that says it is and probably says thanks to all the 'lost souls' who pass this garbage on!

Bottom Line... composing E-Mail or posting something on the Internet is as easy as writing on the walls of a public restroom.  Don't automatically believe it until it's proven false...  ASSUME it's false, unless there is proof that it's true.  Got it?  Good!

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