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Emails, emails, emails.... What's true and what's not? Are we passing useful and
true information along, or are we spreading malicious lies, hoaxes, scams, or even viruses
or worms to friends and family and their computers?
Check the Truth of Emails at Snopes.com
One of the most respected and commonly used tool is the Urban Legends
Reference Pages — the snopes.com website. In
fact, many other websites refer readers to these web pages, even those who
verify certain types of emails themselves.
Before you just pass an email along, please, please
verify that it is true.
Pick from a category of emails from the snopes.com home page like:
— E.g., UPS Delivery Failure (thanks to Tom Verette), CNN News Alert,
You've received a Postcard, A Virtual Card for You, Osama bin Laden, An
Internet Flower for You, Mail Server Report, etc.
— E.g., Entering phone number into Google, Yahoo! will begin charging,
National Do Not E-Mail Registry, etc.
- Fraud & Scams
- Racial Rumors
... and many more. Most of these categories have subcategories, so you select
the subcategory the fits the email before you get the list.
An interesting category is
Inboxer Rebellion, another way of quickly locating an email. Some of the
subcategories include: Boycotts, Charity, Hoaxes, Household Tips, Missing & Sick
Children, Medical Appeals, Petitions, Scams, etc.
By clicking on What's new?
you can see emails most recently updated or added to the website. Click on
Hottest 25 Legends to view the
currently most widely circulating urban legends. Some of these also have
subcategories which, when selected, list a slew of emails (e.g., Barack Obama,
John McCain, Social Security, etc.). You can also subscribe to a weekly email
from snopes.com that lists all the updated and new entries made to the website
for that week.
Each email listed under a category or subcategory is color coded to help you
quickly determine whether an email is true or not.
Green — True and/or based on real
- Red — False or claims that cannot be
- Green & Red
— Multiple truth values, a mixture of truth and falsehoods or a hoax
- Yellow — Undetermined or disputable
- White — Urban legends; describe plausible events that could have
happened, but cannot be proven.
Scan the list of emails for the email you are trying to verify, then click on
the link to read what snopes.com has to say about it.
Of course, the fastest way of verifying whether an email is true or not, is
to just use their Search window.
Copy or type in key words from the email or its Subject line, then press
your Enter key or Click on Go. A list of possible matches displays
with a brief description of each. You may have to select other key words or
names and try again before you find the email you are verifying.
Each method, category/subcategory list or word/phrase search, has it's
advantages. But an added advantage of searching by category is that, in scanning
the lists, you familiarize yourself with circulating emails so you recognize
them as hoaxes, scams, untruths, etc. more quickly.
Try it... you'll like it!
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