Please, please, please!

I know we all do it, inclusive of me and I always feel very stupid if somebody points out I was wrong. What? Well, hoaxes! I am talking about scare messages that are sent via the internet, upset me, and then turn out to be false. Dioxin-filled tampons or missing children, virus warnings, cookie recipes and other urban legends.

I am all for using the internet, and in the case of Madeleine McCann (2007) this was certainly a way to go, but just remember there are a lot of sick people out there that invent horror stories and let them haunt us for years!

But how to separate the wheat from the chaff?  Here are a few tips how to deal with emails that you feel might be important to your friends, but come with this suspicious sentence ” sent on to all your friends now!”.

  • research the matter: just pop the basic key words into any search engine like Google and see what comes up.
  • go to hoax list or Urban legends sites to check on you case.

Here are a few sites I use to check:

check out these sites now and bookmark the one you like now. This way you always have quick way of checking potential hoaxes and you can save you friends valuable time and nerves.

So next time you receive another “please send this on to as many people as you know!” email just check on one of these sites first.

Thank you!