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

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Not all thieves are stupid - Snopes say: Partly True

This forwarded email received today, is just years old. It comes with many other titles, such as Not all thieves are stupid; GPS Burglary; News you can use; etc. Extract:
.A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.
When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it.. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.
"... if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it." Read the full story at

Monday, June 4, 2012

Misleading Aspirin Email -- Today's forward and the routing

Everyday you get a tip (healthy, fishy, nostalgic or otherwise), most are forwards, MOST are not verified for credibility, reliability and accuracy. Here is one such received and the true story from the horse's mouth:
Mayo Clinic News
Medical and Scientific News and Stories about Mayo Clinic
We have been informed of a recently circulated email regarding the use of aspirin, which included mention of Dr. Virend Somers and of Mayo Clinic. Neither Dr. Somers nor Mayo Clinic contributed to this email, which contains some information that is inaccurate and potentially harmful. We recommend that you speak with your physician if you have specific questions. continue reading the Mayo Clinic News

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Think Before you Click and Send - New York Times

What to Think About Before You Hit ‘Send’
By ALINA TUGEND | New York Times @ Yahoo news– Fri, 20 Apr, 2012 4:30 PM EDT

The No. 1 question to ask yourself before hitting “send” on the next e-mail, Mr. Godin says, is this: “Is this going to one person?”

¶ Don’t forward chain e-mails. Don’t forward chain e-mails. Don’t forward chain e-mails.
Continue reading @ New York Times See also 408 comments and growing

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  • What to think about before you hit 'send'?, Hamilton Spectator‎

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    Facebook TimeLine Hoax - Forwarded again

    The message comes like this (depends on the twists and turns):

    With the new 'FB timeline' on its way this week for EVERYONE...please do both of us a solid: Hover over my name above. In a few seconds you'll see a box that says "Subscribed." Hover over that, then go to "Comments and Likes" and unclick it. That will stop my posts and yours to me from showing up on the side bar for everyone to see, but MOST IMPORTANTLY it LIMITS HACKERS from invading our profiles. If you re-post this I will do the same for you.

    What others are doing to tell you the otherwise? Read the following:
  • A Hoax-Slayer Nutshell: Protest Message Rails Against New Facebook Timeline
  • Harry Waldron - Computer Security News
  • Snoops link verifing that it a hoax
  • Scams target anti-Timeline Facebook users, USA TODAY
    Extract: As a company, Facebook has tried to educate its millions of users, pointing out options, updating security information, and answering privacy concerns. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that's been enough, with more than 70,000 people joining anti-Timeline pages across the board.
  • Protect Your Facebook Account from the Latest Hack