To go along with my last post, if you ever receive an email or letter via snail mail telling you some story and asking you to take some action (even if it is as benign as forwarding an email to friends to help find a missing child), go to this website to see if it is a hoax. Just copy and paste the first few lines of the text into the search box at the top and look to see if it is a hoax. I have added this site to the list of sites at the right side of my blog.
This could save you from sending something along that shouldn't be.
Here is the link for www.snopes.com