Responding to Hoax Emails
What do you do if you get an email that you know is a hoax?
If you receive a lot of hoax and other garbage emails, it can be tempting to fire off an irate reply condemning the sender for his or her foolishness. Serial hoax-forwarders might actually deserve such a reply. These email pests consistently refuse to check before forwarding even when recipients repeatedly point out their gullibility. However, the majority of people who forward a hoax email do so in good faith and perhaps simply need a bit of guidance on the issue from a more Internet savvy individual.
That said, I think there is a right way and a wrong way to go about providing this guidance. Here's what works for me:
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