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What is viral email? Viral Email isn't new, it's been around for a while and you've probably gotten them and never realized it. It's usually in the form of a what seems to be useful information, and wants to be passed along. That's the viral part. If you and I and Aunt Betty and Uncle Bill all pass it along then whoever they send it to passes it, it becomes a huge electronic chain letter that may never die. Besides the fact that I get more email than I need to deal with, these things tend to clog up the internet folks. Think about it. 300 million plus people in North America 70 percent have internet access (according to Internet World Stats).

The following is a good example:

 

Good to Know ~ ~ ~ Pin numbers in Reverse

I sure didn't know this, did you?
If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM
machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse.
For example, if your pin number is 1234 then you would put in 4321.
The ATM recognizes that your pin number is backwards from the ATM card
you placed in the machine.
The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to
the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you.
This information was recently broadcast on FOX TV and it states that it
is seldom used because people don't know it exists.
Please pass this along to everyone possible.

Some points to consider:

  1. If your code is 1221, then it's the same backwards
  2. Usually, they mention some reputable institution to give credibility (not that Fox TV is reputable or creditable)
  3. The public service sound of it
  4. Please pass this along...

 

This email started in September 2006 and is still going around now. Here's a link at snopes that disproves this email as well as one at about.com that does the same.


 

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