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Gary T Penny Brown Hoax (13) RE: Penny Brown Hoax 24 Feb 02


While I assume you have only the purest and sincerest of motives, I must disagree. The attitude you express is precisely what the hoaxsters are counting on in getting this junk spread around. It's bad enough when our mailboxes get crammed with spam from amoral hucksters with large amounts of greed and little or no consideration for others. It adds insult to injury to get further clogging of the e-mail system from well-meaning but, sorry to say, ignorant and unthinking would-be do-gooders.

First, take an opportunity to get in the know. Go to and learn about hoaxes. And be aware that any message instructing you to "forward to everyone you know" is a scam. That is exactly what turns these things into a sort of self-perpetuating "virus."

Secondly, use some common sense. The message in question says the girl has been missing for two weeks, but IT DOESN'T HAVE A DATE ON IT! Two weeks starting when? It could be a three year old item for all you know. And in this case, she was from South Carolina. This message is getting sent indiscriminately to people in every state in the union and God knows how many countries around the world. What are the odds that someone in Idaho or Germany or wherever would be within a hundred miles of the girl (if she ever existed)? One in a hundred million?

It is not worth the extra effort to try, but mainly it is not worth the KNOWN problems and inconvenience to COUNTLESS numbers of people for something that has essentially ZERO chance of doing ANY good.

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