You’ve seen these e-mails and others like them. The subject usually begins with “Fwd:” or even worse, “Fwd: Fwd: FWD.” Some attempt to appeal to our emotions with heart-warming or infuriating stories. Others are pleas for help. Many claim you will receive a reward, like cash or luck, just for forwarding the message. What they do have in common, is most of them are untrue. The internet, as well as our in-boxes, overflows with urban legends, frauds, and scams. Fortunately, there are several sites that help you separate the fact from the fiction. Here are some of the librarians' favorites.
- Snopes.com: http://snopes.com/
- Urban Legends and Folklore: http://urbanlegends.about.com/
- ScamBusters.org: http://www.scambusters.org/
- FactCheck.org: http://factcheck.org/
- STATS: http://www.stats.org/
Images from www.snopes.com