Posts filed under: Hoaxes

If you have a mortgage, are you checking to be sure the correct amount is being bank drafted? Listen to the story of "Tiffany," the dishonest mortgage lady....
“Want a free computer? Just forward this e-mail to 8 people.” Not only did someone send me that e-mail, but it’s the third time in the course of a week I had gotten the same one. Shouldn’t I forward it...
By now, we all know there is no Nigerian princess in need of help. Our best friend has not been mugged in a foreign country, and we do not need to send money. We have figured out if we forward...
“The moral of this story is not that journalists should avoid Wikipedia, but that they shouldn’t use information they find there if it can’t be traced back to a reliable primary source…” Suppose a person fabricated a piece of information...
If we are looking for a way to save some time, one favor we might do our friends is checking out those “warnings” before passing them on. Here is an example of one that came to me from someone in...
The last post chronicled the story of a dishonest receptionist whose shenanigans were foiled because my wife and I take the time to match every item on our credit card statement with its receipt. An item in the statement which...
Recently, I received the following simple suggestion in an e-mail message: When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:A Recovering American soldier C/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue,NW Washington,D.C. 20307-5001...
I have written about hoaxes we all receive in e-mails and how to separate fact from fiction in them using a quick Google search. PCWorld has published a list of the Top 25 hoaxes, which I think makes for enjoyable...
“Want a free computer? Just forward this e-mail to 8 people.” Not only did someone send me that e-mail this week, but it’s the third time in the last few weeks I have gotten the same one. Shouldn’t I forward...