When you receive an email that warns you about something – is it true ?
Or, if it tells you how to fight evil or make money — what do you do?
If it has been forwarded more than once, it is most likely an urban legend (not true), a hoax (not true) or some combination of half-truth and outright lie (not true).
This applies to any virus warning, political warning, health warning, or warning about pretty much anything else — and anything that says you can make money without doing work.
Please treat all such emails as rumors at best and PLEASE research them before you press the Forward button.
So, where do you go to do research?
The best place to start your research is Snopes.com. See their 25 Hottest Urban Legends list (http://snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp ) If it is not on that list, use the search box on Snopes.com. to look up the topic of the email or one of the names mentioned in it.
If that does not show the email as a hoax, then try
Why do I care?
Because these sorts of emails do the following things:
- serve no purpose except to spread fear and lies,
- stir people up without offering them any action they can take,
- make the people forwarding the email look stupid,
- slow down the internet by using up valuable bandwidth and
- distract us from dealing with the real problems that we face.
A wise man once said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” — I would add “and those who use fear to divide and control us.”
Please help stop the fear and replace it with Truth by researching before you Forward.
If you are too busy to do research, please just delete any email you receive that has been forwarded more than once.