Did Starbucks Really Say They Don’t Support the Troops in Iraq?

Starbucks email, Windows email Security Test, and new VA Internet safety law: Internet ScamBusters #174

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Issue #174

Hi Everyone,

Today we have a Snippets issue for you, and we focus on three topics:

– Did Starbucks Really Say They Don’t Support the Troops in Iraq?

– Windows Email Security Test

– New Law Requires Virginia Public Schools to Teach Internet Safety

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On to today’s Snippets…

Did Starbucks Really Say They Don’t Support the Troops in Iraq?

We’ve gotten a lot of questions this week asking us if the following email is

true or a hoax:

— Begin hoax email —

Subject line: Starbucks

Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks, because they

wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and

to request that they send some of it to the troops there.

Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their

support in their business, but that Starbucks does not support

the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the

troops their brand of coffee.

So as not to offend Starbucks, we should not support them by

buying any of their products.

As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, I feel we should get

this out in the open. I know this war might not be very

popular with some folks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t

support the boys on the ground, fighting street-to-street and

house-to-house for what they and I believe is right.

If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can

discard it and no one will ever know.

Thanks very much for supporting me, and I know you’ll all be

there when I deploy once more.

Semper Fidelis.

Sgt Howard C. Wright

1st Force Recon Co 1st Plt PLT

— End hoax email —

Answer: We’ve been getting variants of this hoax email for the past two years.

Starbucks has refuted this email. Here is what Starbucks says on their website:

"Starbucks Donates to Military Personnel. As part of

Starbucks ongoing commitment to share the comfort of

coffee during times of crisis, the company continues to

demonstrate our support of the men and women serving in

the U.S. military overseas."

You can read more about Starbucks’

donation policies by clicking on the "Starbucks ongoing commitment"

link on this page.

We recommend you NOT pass along this email hoax.

Windows Email Security Test

Is your computer safe? Most of us have no idea, even if we have programs to protect

us from viruses, spyware and other security threats.

You can perform a test to see how secure your system is. You can visit the website

below and give your name and email address. They then send you a confirmation


When you click on the link, you’ll be sent approximately 24 emails, each with

a harmless text file that tests a specific aspect of security.

If you receive the emails, you may want to follow the instructions (which include

details of what you can do to improve security), since your computer may not be

as protected as you thought.

==} http://www.windowsecurity.com/emailsecuritytest/

(Incidentally, we were initially VERY reluctant to recommend this website, because

if this test were a scam, it could do a lot of damage. However, we found that

this site is recommended and linked to by hundreds of top sites, and Microsoft

recommends it as a Resource. Nonetheless, we still always recommend caution in

these situations.)

New Law Requires Virginia Public Schools to Teach Internet Safety

A new law, which passed last month and takes effect on July 1, 2006, requires

public schools in Virginia to teach students about cyber-safety. The goal is to

teach kids (and hopefully their parents as well) about the dangers of cyberspace.

Although there have been many informal and ad hoc measures to teach students about

Internet safety, this bill formalizes the process by directing the Department

of Education to issue guidelines to schools for integrating cyber-safety into

the regular curriculum.

We believe teaching kids about cyber-safety is very important. The Virginia Department

of Education (as well as the public schools) can take advantage of the wealth

of free information ScamBusters.org has published over the past 11 years on cyber-safety.

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