As someone who cares deeply for those who are missing, and those left behind to search for them, such a Hoax is heartbreaking to me. As someone very wise once said, "every missing person can be verified, period". One of the hoaxes is for Penny Brown, she is NOT missing. http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/children/penny.htm Another is for Christopher Mineo, Jr., who also is NOT missing. http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/children/mineo.htm All TRUE Amber Alerts can be verified here, past and present. http://codeamber.org/ Almost all e-mail forwards can be verified at this site, www.snopes.com It's a great resource, one you might want to bookmark. Blessed Christmas to all, and thanks!