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Hoax Email Advice

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:07 pm
by cxsjr
Hello all,

I just thought I'd share with you a little advice which might save you some time, some face, and loads more spam!

From time to time, I'm sure we all receive those emails from our friends which warn about carjackings or muggings, scam emails, viruses etc?

Before forwarding these on to everyone in your address book, try cutting and pasting the first line of the email into google and see what comes up. My guess is that, like me, you'll find that one of the first sites which is returned in your search will be www.hoax-slayer.com or something similar; this will give you the history of the email and tells you if it's a hoax.

I received an email purporting to contain pictures taken from inside the ill-fated GOL Airlines 737 shortly after the crash with the Embraer over Brazil last year. I googled it and found this article showing how these were still from a trailer for the series Lost.

It sure is amazing the lengths some people will go to in order to deceive or scare vast numbers of people!

RE: Hoax Email Advice

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:19 pm
by Braybuddy
Jesus . . . there really are some sick people out there.

RE: Hoax Email Advice

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:59 pm
by Go3Team
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
Jesus . . . there really are some sick people out there.

Yep, and then the naive ones tend to give it the unnecessary attention.

RE: Hoax Email Advice

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:42 pm
by cxsjr
Quoting Go3Team (Reply 2):
Yep, and then the naive ones tend to give it the unnecessary attention.

OK, whatever you say .... I was merely drawing attention to one of a few websites which allow you to check out hoaxes and avoid sending on sh*t that is exactly that. Apologies for wasting your time  sarcastic 

RE: Hoax Email Advice

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:45 am
by FlyKev
They have the 9/11 one that was circulating around college last week as well.
I said it was a fake straight away, but some people refuse to accept it.
Worth noting that this resulted in a length debate about 9/11 in which ive never heard such rubbish before. Conspiracy my ass.

Kev.

RE: Hoax Email Advice

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:09 am
by j_hallgren
Here's a couple of verify sites that I've used before:
http://urbanlegends.about.com
Some links on following aren't that great but some are:
http://justpickone.org/hoaxinfo.html
Of these, I tend to use Snopes as it seems to be most popular...