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  • Mike Berryhill
    Hello Everyone, Interesting timing. I also just received some good references for determining if something is a hoax. I have pasted it below... One thing I
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 23, 2001
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      Hello Everyone,

      Interesting timing. I also just received some
      good references for determining if something
      is a hoax. I have pasted it below...

      One thing I always like to advocate...
      "Practice Safe Hex!"

      73,
      Mike, KE6UZL


      >From ON Magazine, January 2002
      >http://www.onmagazine.com/on-mag/
      >
      >
      >Too Good To Be True
      >
      >Do Not Forward This E-Mail If...
      >
      >1. It relates something that happened not to a friend,
      >but to a friend of a friend.
      >
      >2. It urges you to forward it to your entire address
      >book.
      >
      >3. It claims to be "TOP SECRET!!" or something equally
      >hyperbolic.
      >
      >4. It insists, "This is not a hoax." It doth protest
      >too much.
      >
      >5. There is no way to verify its claims or to contact
      >the original sender.
      >
      >6. It is chock-full of generalities and vague
      >phrasing.
      >
      >7. It promises easy money. Would a stranger offer
      >something for nothing?
      >
      >8. It threatens bad things if you do not forward it.
      >
      >9. It claims it is providing information being
      >withheld by the press, the government, the health
      >establishment and so on.
      >
      >10. It sounds too weird--or too good--to be true.
      >
      >How to Get the Skinny on Just About Anything
      >
      >The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of
      >Claims of the Paranormal looks at all sorts of hoaxes.
      >
      >http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org
      >From the Department of Energy, this site is especially
      >good at exposing chain letters and fake giveaways.
      >
      >http://quackwatch.com
      >The best site for exposing health-related scams.
      >
      >http://snopes.com
      >Uncannily accurate, and written with wit and style,
      >this is the most reliable source for getting the
      >scoop.
      >
      >http://truthorfiction.com
      >Strong on verifying inspiring tales and pleas for
      >help.
      >
      >http://urbanlegends.about.com
      >This comprehensive site details six variants of the
      >Klingerman virus--and offers chat.
      >
      >http://urbanlegends.com
      >The archives of the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup.
      >
      >http://vmyths.com
      >Where to learn about computer viruses, real or fake.
      >
      >Also check out mcafee.com and symantec.com, which sell
      >antivirus products.
      >


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