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  The Nigerian "419" Scam

If someone -- probably a friend -- sent you to this page, read it carefully! This is a true story, from This is True's 15 January 2012 issue.

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  Don't Forward That Warning!

Old jokes clogging your inbox are bad enough. Stupid "warnings" about the most unlikely hazards are worse: they irritate the smart people and panic the dumb ones. Now and then, when someone forwards an urban legend to a bunch of people, they really pay a big price.

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  Getting Rid of "Spam"

...and Other E-mail Pests

The basics of spam, "phishing" and other e-mail pests, how they got your address in the first place -- and what to do now that you're inundated.

The Spam Primer originated as an extraordinarily large "author's note" in This is True, one of the oldest for-profit e-mail publications (online since 1994).

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