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Email Tax

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help
 
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Q:
Is the government going to start charging a five cent tax on every e-mail we send out?

A:
NO!

I’ve been getting lots of people forwarding around this old hoax again. So, if you get something in your inbox that says the government is considering bill 602P to place a 5 cent tax on e-mail, inform the sender that it’s a hoax (and please don’t send it to me :-)

Which brings me to my point. Just because something comes in your e-mail doesn’t automatically make it true (well, unless it’s from me of course ;-). Before you forward it to everyone in your address book, do five minutes of research.

For example, when I first saw this e-mail tax deal over a year ago I was understandably worried. However, before I sent out a copy of the e-mail to thousands of people, I went to a search engine and typed in the bill number, 602P.

In less than a minute, I discovered it was nothing but a hoax. There is no bill 602P.

Also, just FYI, Disney and Bill gates aren’t giving away free vacations, there are no little girls dying of cancer who get a dollar for everyone you forward their message to, and, no, you aren’t going to have a terrible accident if you stop forwarding chain letters. (Just so you know, it’s impossible to track forwarded e-mail, so when you see something that claims to do it, it’s automatically a hoax.)

Oh, and while you’re at it, don’t delete files from your computer because a forwarded e-mail says they contain viruses (the Sulfnbk.exe hoax is going around yet again). Check it out first!

Finally, please don’t forward these type of e-mails “Just in case it’s true”. Sending stuff like this around is the equivalent of having an internet “kick me” sign hanging off your back.

(Whew, I feel much better :-)

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