Find Out Whether that Email is Truth or Fiction

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By now, most of us know that the Nigerian lottery email that hit our inbox is a scam. Scams are easy to spot.

Or are they? I’m still surprised by the number of emails, Twitters and Facebook messages I receive from (smart intelligent) people warning or alerting me about some new hoax.

Before you click forward, please please check through the following sites to find out the truth behind it. Your contacts will thank you.

Snopes – one of the best, most thorough and up-to-date sites for finding the truth or fiction in the

Truth or Fiction – “Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.”

Urban Legends at About.com – About.com has long been a good resource on many topics.

ScamBusters – very up-to-date; offers a free subscription to email alerts, alerting you of the most recent scams.

The internet is full of information. Not all of it is true. Sometimes, it requires a bit of digging. Don’t believe everything you read.

Sound off: What do you do to protect yourself from scams?

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Comments

  1. I always check Snopes – it’s a great site. I learned this lesson a long time ago after I forwarded a fake email to all of my friends and family. Totally embarrassed myself! lol

  2. Rebecca~ I’m sure we have all been guilty of that! I know I used to go crazy with that “forward” button. {sorry, Friends and Family!!}

  3. Hi Leslie!

    Thank you for making me aware of this problem. Someone else has recently mentioned the same thing! I’m looking into it now and hope to have it resolved soon. I find that so odd…

    Thanks again for alerting me to this! I had been wondering why things were so quiet at the site. Hopefully this explains it.

    Would you mind letting me know if you see a change? I appreciate it!

    Blessings,
    Karla

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