From another site, extract:

Who would do such a thing? The same sort of people who have perpetuated some of the top urban legends such as the claim that Mr. Rogers had a former secret career as a trained assassin, and that ATM users can quickly contact police in the event of an attempted robbery by entering their PIN in reverse. The cyberspace is full of lies disguised as inspiration, political alerts, health warnings, and prayers. Many come complete with enhanced photographs. The ones that are especially ironic are those that state, “Even Snopes has confirmed this,” along with a link to Snopes that attributes it as false. People who forward such emails, obviously do not check the link themselves. (source: To Forward or Not to Forward? By Patti Maguire Armstrong catholicmom.com)



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Forwarded Emails

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Not all forwarded e-mails are accurate, however.

Extract from Friday Flyer, January 10, 2010

These are the signs to watch for with a stroke
     "The Internet can be a wealth of information and well-meaning friends will often forward e-mails that look official or seem to make sense, such as how to look for signs of a stroke. Not all e-mails are accurate, however.
     Snopes.com is a resource that can provide information on the accuracy of e-mails and whether they are hoaxes or urban legends. In response to e-mails about indicators of stroke, writers at snopes.com suggest following the guidelines recommended by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which notes these major signs of stroke: ...
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins: Another wishful forwarded fiction

The text of the forwarded email states:
"AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY ('TRY', BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY" (aka, Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins):
  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body
  2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime
  3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed...
  4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. continued....
Research says this is a FALSE:
Bottomline: What does the Johns Hopkins say about this Cancer Update? The answer is here:

This e-mail is NOT from Johns Hopkins [NEWS] August 11, 2008

Email Hoax: "Cancer Update From John Hopkins" Updated April 2009
A hoax e-mail on cancer has been circulating on the internet. Because this e-mail uses the Johns Hopkins name, we thought we would post a What's New to inform the users of our web page. The e-mail in question is pasted at the end of this Whats New. To learn more visit: www.jhsph.edu/dioxins and The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center News.

  •  Federal Trade Commission says: Cure-ious? Ask. See also: Signs of a scam

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar's shell house -- Just Not True

I just received a forwarded, forward, with a catchy header: Fragile Luxury.

Googled, and found:
  • Sachin Tendulkar's New House - Not True - its SPAM says www.bharatwaves.com.
  • Hoax Confirmation: Tendulkar's 'shell house' designs a net hoax: India Today.
  • Plus, shell House Sachin Hoax here.
  • Noel, a Blogger (Cricket God - Sachin Tendulkar, God Of Cricket) states: "A new weird shell house designed for God Of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar by world famous Mexican architect Javier Senosiain."
  • See more here, on this shell house: Organic Architecture of Javier Senosiain.
  • Whereas, Sachin's fans keep circulating this nonstop;
  • http://sachinandcritics.com/, as well as, Sachin Tendulkar's Official website - www.tendulkaropus.com don't talk about it.
  • And, this is interesting: "Sachin denies having an account on Twitter: Don't follow his fake twitter account."
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