You've just gotten an email forwarded to you by your best friend, a plea to send a postcard to a dying child whose mother was kidnapped by a perfume spritzer at Walmart as part of a gang initiation.
Before you dig out the postcards and stamps - toodle on over to snopes.com and just make sure that this is a legit plea, or that it's not at least 5 years old.
Snopes.com is THE rumor busting site, with the full scoop on whatever that weird photo you just got in your email is about, or the horror story, or the sob story too. Or, if you are looking for a little light reading - check out some of their categories. Separate the facts from the fiction.
Course, your friend is going to hate you for revealing that the email that she forwarded to you and 200 of her closest friends is actually a hoax, but hey - when the occasional real one comes around - it's a real gem!
Like this one - "Truck Jumps Culvert"