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This site is undergoing a major restructure at the moment, so expect lots of changes over the next few months.

Please be aware that someone is stealing copyrighted material including this page from the authorised sites. The only authorised domains allowed to host this material are:

  • cluestick.info

  • cluestick.me.uk

  • momusings.com

  • arachnophiliac.co.uk

  • arachnophiliac.com

  • arachnophiliac.info

Please report any other sites using this material so that I can get the stolen material removed. Many thanks!

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This is a FREE service to help debunk/verify all types of 'Electronic Ephemera' (Hoaxes, Scams, Spoofs, Urban Legends, Chain E-Mails, etc.)

This site is growing fast, and any help, even if it is just new content, is most welcome.

Articles and papers related to Electronic Ephemera, on management of the problem, psychology on why they are created/forwarded, historical information, or technical descriptions of the relevant classes of EE are also very  welcome.

Please feel free to send me any e-mails suspected of falling into the above categories. I can't promise a response, but I will try to get back to you if I can with confirmation or denial of the suspect e-mail.

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A big thank you goes to the following companies/individuals for the some of the content in this FAQ:

CIAC - Computer Incident Advisory Capability (http://ciac.llnl.gov/)
Network Associates/McAfee (http://www.nai.com) or (http://www.mcafee.com)
Symantec (http://www.symantec.com)
David Harley (http://www.viruses-revealed.org.uk)
Bruce P. Burrell (bpb@umich.edu) for the U-M Virus Busters (virus.busters@umich.edu) (http://www.itd.umich.edu/virus-busters)
AVIEN members (http://www.avien.org)

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This site is an honest attempt to help individuals with hoax, scam, urban and other electronic ephemera. 

It can *not* be regarded as being in any sense authoritative, and has no legal standing. The authors accept no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for any ill effects resulting from the use of any information contained in this document.

Not all the views expressed in this document are mine, and those views which *are* mine are not necessarily shared by my employer or anyone else.

Martin Overton

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Copyright Notice

The contents of all pages [and other material] on our site are copyright Martin Overton 1997-2007, or other stated author. All rights are reserved.

Reproduction, transfer, distribution or storage of part, or all of the contents in any form without the prior written permission of Martin Overton or the Copyright owner is prohibited.

To obtain such permission, please contact the maintainer of this site.

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Comments, suggestions, etc. on this site, it's contents, new hoaxes, etc.,
should be addressed to the site maintainer at the email address below.

Author: Martin Overton
E-Mail: HOAXFAQ@Arachnophiliac.com
Last updated: 03 August, 2007

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