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Don't fall for e-mail schemes

Spam pours into e-mail addresses at a rate that indicates there are many more suckers alive than we would like to believe.

It's hard to imagine that people with at least average intelligence would fall for the gimmicks e-mails offer: pharmaceuticals, stock tips, mortgage loans and pornography, to name a few.

Arrests this week in metro Atlanta in connection with fake pharmaceuticals sold over the Internet may now protect a few of the foolish people. Federal authorities say a group in Norcross generated at least $19.8 million by selling products produced in Belize but marketed as originating in Canada.

Customers making their purchases over the Internet thought they were buying the equivalent of name brand popular drugs, when in reality what they were getting were pills produced under unsanitary conditions that may not have contained any of the ingredients of the real drugs.

Buyers thought they were gaining access to a less expensive source of legitimate drugs for which they wouldn't need a physician's prescription. Instead, they were risking their lives by consuming unregulated products.

Although the advice is trite, it is appropriate: If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Have any thoughts about this editorial? Share them with us at Letters should be no more than 200 words and are subject to approval by the publisher. Letters may be edited for style and space requirements. Please sign your name and provide an address and a daytime telephone number. Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0603. The fax number is 770-339-8081.