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Audrin King Prayer Request
Circulating on Facebook and Twitter, a prayer request for 2-year-old "Audrin King" (actually Audri Kate King), who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy.

Avi Ben Stella Prayer Request
A viral prayer request circulating on Facebook and Twitter asks for prayers on behalf of a 12-year-old boy named Avi Ben Stella, who is allegedly in a coma after a serious car crash.

Christmas Cards for Jacob Hadcock
Email chain letter solicits Christmas cards for Jacob Hadcock, allegedly a 4-year-old with terminal cancer in Mexico, New York.

Christmas Cards for Nathan Elfrink
Email chain letter and Internet postings solicit Christmas cards for Nathan Elfrink, a 7-year-old Ohio boy diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

'Christopher Butterfield' Hacker Warning
'Hacker warning' circulating via forwarded email tells recipients not to accept messages or friend invitations from a supposed email hacker named Christopher Butterfield.

Current Netlore: Internet hoaxes, email rumors, urban legends
From About: Current Internet hoaxes, rumors and email urban legends - information on all the latest misinformation on the Net

How to Spot an Email Hoax
Hints and tips for detecting false information in forwarded emails.

Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2006
Our annual look back at the top-circulating Net hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends of the year

Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005
It's time to look back on 2005, an eventful 12 months by any measure, and revisit the Top 10 Net Hoaxes and Urban Legends of the year.

Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2004
Top 10 Net hoaxes and urban legends of 2004

Sam Bish Prayer Request
AUTHENTIC: Chain email solicits prayers for 8-year-old Sam Bish (Samuel Gordon Bish) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer known as Osteosarcoma.

'Simon Ashton' Hacker Warning
'Hacker warning' circulating via forwarded email tells recipients not to accept messages or friend invitations from a supposed email hacker named Simon Ashton.

Snopes.com: Biased and Unreliable?
Forwarded email alleges that the urban legend debunking site Snopes.com is "owned by a flaming liberal" who is "in the tank for Obama" and cannot be trusted to provide reliable information.

Urban Legends FAQ: What is a chain letter?
Urban Legends FAQ: What is a chain letter?

Varieties of Netlore: Chain Email
Chain letters have existed for over a century, but the convenience of forwarded email has breathed new life into an activity that is still best described as a nuisance.

Varieties of Netlore: Urban Legends
Old stories that used to circulate by word of mouth only are now being enthusiastically transcribed into email form. It's a different kind of storytelling, as these example show.

Missing Teen: Jackie Buyher
Viral Facebook posting asks members to help find missing teen Jackie Buyher, who was last seen at school in Evansville, Indiana on Nov. 3, 2010.

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