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ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF THOSE TELEMARKETERS? Here are a few things you can try to stop them.....

The Direct Marketing Association is an industry
group that represents telemarketers and direct
mailers. It maintains lists of consumers who
don't want sales calls, mail or e-mails.
Telemarketers who are members of the DMA
and who subscribe to this list are supposed to
refrain from calling anyone on the list. It won't
stop all telemarketing calls to your home
though.

To put your name on the Telephone
Preference Service, mail a request with your
name and phone numbers to:

Telephone Preference Service Direct Marketing Association
P. O. Box 9014
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014

To remove your name from direct mailing lists:
mail your name, variations of your name, other
names of household members and your address to:

Mail Preference Service Direct Marketing
Association
P. O. Box 9014
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014

You can also register online to receive fewer
unwanted e-mails.

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NOW ON WITH HOAXES, URBAN LEGENDS, SCAMS, CHAIN LETTERS, & SPAM

All there is to know about hoaxes, urban legends,
scams, chain letters, & spam, and how to combat the use
of such.  Also a good resource to learn to spot them
with examples of each.

Hoax = False, deliberately deceptive information
UL = Urban Legend a popularly believed narrative, typically false
Rumor = Anecdotal claims may be true, false, or in between
Junk = Flotsam and jetsam of the Net

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If you forward ALOT of emails, you'll want to check this out......... A FORWARDER'S 12 STEP PROGRAM

FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS SITE ON SO THAT OTHER PEOPLE MAY LEARN ABOUT AND/OR LEARN TO VERIFY A LETTER BEFORE BLINDLY FORWARDING IT TO EVERYONE AND ANYONE PLUS THEIR GRANDMOTHER

no offense GRANDMAS


PAGE LAST UPDATED ON 12-19-04

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THANKS,
MARK


SCAM BUSTERS
INTERNET SCAMS: Internet ScamBusters Helps You Protect Yourself From Clever Scams -- Online and Offline...

PURPORTAL.COM
a GREAT search tool to determine whether or not a letter is a Hoax, Scam, or Urban Legend
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE....use this tool BEFORE passing on any questionable letter! Added 9-5-01
Break the Chain: Stop Junk E-Mail and Misinformation Another good resource to recognize and stop MISINFORMAATION and other JUNK MAIL
Top Ten Dot Cons
The FTC maintains a number of websites to help consumers understand their rights and to give information about Internet fraud. This site, Top Ten Dot Cons, contains a wealth of articles and information about online scam techniques and how to avoid them
EMAIL ABUSE.ORG
EmailAbuse.org is dedicated to informing users of this potential abuse and providing them with the tools to avoid becoming a victim and to fight back at Email Abusers!
Vmyths.com- Truth About Computer Virus Myths & Hoaxes
Added 8-03-00
HOAX ON FIRE
Where we set to flame rumor and lies.
Hoax, Myth, Fraud, Chain Letter and Anti-Spam Sites
Internet -101.com
THE BEST CHAIN LETTER EVER
this says it all in a very straight forward manner that no one could misunderstand....rated PG
HOAX BUSTERS
You are the XXXXXXXXXth visitor to the CIAC Internet Hoax and Chain Letter pages since February 1995. Interspersed among the junk mail and spam that fills our Internet e-mail boxes are dire warnings about devastating new viruses, Trojans that eat the heart out of your system, and malicious...
Scams
a list of common scams, 10 pages worth
0SPAM
Easy to follow instructions in reporting spam to the correct authorities BECOME A SPAM FIGHTER!
REPORT SPAM
here are some additional places to report spam Plus follow the links for helpful and informative sites CREDIT to TOM
What to do if you recieve SPAM
another site listing addies to report SPAM
Done by BLUE FOX
Urban Legends and Foklore
become familiar with Email Hoaxes and HALF TRUTHS
C-Net Hoaxes
comprehensive list also includes links to CIAC and Minning Co. Urban Legends
DR. SOLOMON'S
every thing you need to know about viruses
Nerd Herd
use to verify bogus letters, learn the anatomy of a chain letter & check virus hoaxes
Hoax information in alphabetical order
"Easy to find" list of Hoaxes
Abuse.Net/Com addresses
Use to look up abuse addresses for different domains to report Chain letters and other offenses
Intenic.Net
This site does the same as previous site
JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST SPAM
I know I am
Death of a Spammer
A GREAT SITE by Paul Ericksen also has links to other resources
Chain Letters
what they are, what they do, and different forms chain letters take
PLEAE REPORT ALL CHAIN LETTERS TO ABUSE@WEBTV.NET AND/OR THE POSTMASTER OF THE DOMAIN THE LETTER CAME FROM...CHAINLETTERS ARE ILLEGAL!!!
One of the best pages for urban legends
they have a great search engine
FREE
Forum for Responsible and Ethical Email
ELECTRONIC PETITIONS
how could they be bad...find out by clicking here
How To Defeat A Chain Letter
also with other resources
Real Life
the results of an internet hoax
One of the earliest pages of Urban Legends on the web
has an archive, what is an Urban Legend?, and more
LIBRARY OF URBAN LEGENDS
Use search engine on top of page to find what you're looking for.
Don't spread that hoax
kinda slow loading but it's worth it
An interesting page in the Urban Legend pages is this one
It includes responses that can be sent as a reply if you receive an urban legend email. In many cases Bob Rankin (of Tourbus) has researched a hoax, and provides background information.
What Net4TV has to say about hoaxes etc
Net4TV is a bimonthly newsletter written by WebTv users for WebTv users.
VIRUS HOAXES
This page is considered the industry standard information source for new virus hoaxes and false alerts.

Page authored by Mark L at RAILBIRD@WEBTV.NET
Co-authored by Larry at SUPERBSAINT@WEBTV.NET
And thank you to P2 at Pennington2@netscape.net for additional links to informative and helpful sites.
It would be totally indignant of me if I don't give a VERY SPECIAL "THANK YOU" to Momma Nightowl at Lady-Chat-A-Lot@webtv.net
I thank you for all of your help in making people aware of and how to use this site, for your diligant use of this site to determine whether or not a letter is a hoax, urban legend, chain letter or some scam. Plus for the individual effort and the efforts of your chikadees in the WAR against
SPAM