Email can be used as a channel for the distribution of hoaxes, which are bogus stories containing information that sounds credible and tends to get passed on. The sheer volume of hoaxes is too numerous to even begin to discuss here. A popular example includes some government entity wanting to tax email187, or the infamous Nigerian email scam188 in which someone offers to transfer money to you in exchange for using your bank account as a drop-box for a larger sum of money but instead uses your bank account information to steal from you. How prevalent are these hoaxes? One guy has collected dozens of variants on the Nigerian email scam letter here.189
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