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, December 16, 2013

Voted the Best Email of This Year -- But keep forwarding forever

The bottomline:  (aka., best for any year, hence keep forwarding forever)
11. This email needs to circulate forever...
See samples from 2008-2013...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Stroke has a new indicator - Fact or Fiction?

Received in today's email.
They say if you email this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots / Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator: the Tongue say's it is a mixture of fact and fiction:
The advice given in this much-circulated e-mail appears to be sound, although it needs be pointed out that it has yet to be endorsed by the American Stroke Association. It was drawn from a report presented in February 2003 at the American Stroke Association's (ASA) 28th International Stroke Conference, and news of it can be found on the American Heart Association's (AHA) web site. However, as the ASA says in its official statement about the report, though the research was funded by a grant from the ASA, that body has not taken a position on the topic nor endorsed the test because the results, though positive, arose from a very small study. 
TRUE: Three simple tests can help diagnose the occurrence of a stroke. 
FALSE: Making a stroke victim bleed from his fingers will prevent further harm.
PARTLY TRUE: Asking a stricken victim to stick out his tongue can help diagnose a stroke.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mobile/cell phone info: 4 Things - fact or fiction?

First the following message in a forwarded email:
4 Things you might not have known about your  Cell Phone
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.  Check out the things that you can do with it: 
FIRST : Emergency
SECOND: Hidden  Battery  Power

 THIRD: How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

 FOURTH: Free Directory Service for Cells

Now, read the fact or fiction at and make your own decisions.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Community Service Recognition -- Beware of Who’s Who Scams

Lovely, kind and personalized message that came in the mailbox today:
Good morning!
We wanted you to know that you received Honorable Mention in yesterday's article titled "Who's Who in Local Communities" by Stephen Bozanek, recognizing individuals and businesses who have recently contributed to improving their local communities.
The article will remain available at for the next few hours and is available for on-demand download and printing.
We wish you the best of continued success.
Lisa Davis
News Digest International

----------Yet another, received previously:
Dear Candidate, 
You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2008-2009 "Honors Edition" of the registry.
We are pleased to inform you that on November the 10th, your candidacy was approved. Your confirmation for inclusion will be effective within five business days, pending our receipt of the enclosed application.
The Office of the Managing Director appoints individuals based on a candidate's current position, and usually with information obtained from researched executive and professional listings. The director thinks you may make an interesting biographical subject, as individual achievement is what Who's Who is all about. Upon final confirmation you will be listed among thousands of accomplished individuals in the Who's Who Registry. There is no cost to be included.
We do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website by Clicking Here
Bill Fields
Managing Director
Advise on how to 'treat' such lovely message is  by Beware of Who’s Who Scams
"If nothing jumped out at you in the above, then you need to learn more about how to identify a potential scam.
First, if what is being referred to really involved a selection process and your identification as worthy from among a larger pool of people, you would expect the e-mail to address you by name. A generic form of address indicates that this is a mass mailing, and the link offering you the opportunity to unsubscribe confirms this...."
 On the same shelf:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Will Bill Gates pay you if you forward an email?

We always get these fwd emails:

For understanding about such forwarded emails, see Cyber Crimes  by G. Ram Kumar

Description: Will Bill Gates pay you if you forward an email? Is a great fortune of millions of dollars awaiting you in an African country? Do you get mails announcing that you have won a bumper lottery? Con men of the cyber space use these tricks to catch their gullible victims. Net users usually rise to the bait and part with critical information like passwords, bank details, etc. A new breed of crooks, cyber criminals, lurks over the Internet conning unsuspecting users out of their money and personal information.
Ram Kumar’s Cyber Crimes comes as a timely alert for both experienced users of the net and those who are new to it. Written in a clear language for every user of the Internet, Cyber Crimes will help you understand the evil forces of the cyberspace and be on your guard. The SAFE INTERNET COMPUTING GUIDE provides useful dos and don’ts for your safety in your cyber journey.

Cyber crimes • Junk Mail - Spam & Spim • Online Frauds - Scams, Phishing Attacks & Urban Legends • Malware I - Viruses, Worms & Trojans • Malware II - Cookies, Adware, Spyware & Scumware • Identity Theft - Spoofing, Forgery & Social Engineering • Password Cracking & Hostile Profiling • Computer/Network Intrusions - Hacking & DoS Attacks • Cyber Squatting, Software Piracy & Copyright Infringement • Cyber Stalking & Digital Bullying • Cyber Terrorism & Cyber Warfare • Safe internet computing guide • Tips for Online Security • Blocking Spam • Guarding against Spim • Handling Scams & Phishing Attacks • Protecting yourself from Pharming Attacks • Containing Viruses & Trojans • Clearing Cookies, Adware & Spyware • Avoiding Identity Thefts • Tips for Choosing a Secure Password • Reporting Hacking Attempts • Dealing with Cyber Stalking • Online Auction Frauds • Safe Online Shopping • Safe Online Chatting• Email Account Privacy • Safe Net Banking •Endspeak • Virus Message • Nigerian Scam Message • Phishing Scam Message • Urban Legend Email • Social Engineering • Dumpster Diving • Key Internet Usage Statistics -- source

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Things you should not compare

What is not advisable to compare or shouldn't be compared??? Here is a extract and brief list, if you still dare to compare:

>> In-laws
>> Pay cheques
>> Your offspring
>> Your wife's cooking with your mother
>> Exes.
>> An old photo of your spouse to a more recent one

Source: Compare much more here: Things you shouldn't compare

On the same shelf:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Facebook isn’t going anywhere on February 29

The bottomline: STOP Forwarding / alerting friends / panicking. 
February 29, 2013 is a date that doesn't exist

Extract from The Right Click  By :
"Nevertheless, many people have likely seen this post appear on their Facebook wall, asking them to spread the word:
"Share this message with at least 15 of your friends for the best chance of alerting everyone," reads a message circulating on Facebook, according to Mother Nature Network. "Many people will try to log in from February 29 to 31, just to find the site closed down for those days with no warning."...
If you're faced with what appears to be a chain message via Facebook, there are some basic rules to follow:
  • If it asks you to click a link or send along personal info, don't. Facebook has more official means of contacting you than a Wall Post put up by one of your friends.
  • Before entering in any sensitive information, including your Facebook password (or any other password), banking information, or home address, verify that the URL you're visiting is actually Facebook. And as a point of common sense, you probably shouldn't be too generous with your banking info and address to Facebook, either.
  • Use common sense. Read 'important messages' that are meant to be official communications from Facebook twice, since chances are good they aren't real. And if a message is promising something that sounds too good to be true — like a free iPad or money just for reposting —then it almost always is. ... continue reading: The Right Click