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Hoaxes

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Savanna Brown

on 7 May 2010

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Hoaxes We see internet hoaxes everyday, whether we know it or not. It could be little things such as chain emails, fake pictures, or "free" things. Hoaxes attempt to trick or defraud users. A hoax could be malicious, instructing users to delete a file necessary to the operating system by claiming it is a virus. It could also be a scam that convinces users to send money or personal information. http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_image_quiz.htm If you want to find out whether something that you have recently heard is a hoax or not you can visit: http://www.snopes.com/ What do Hoaxes do? Everyone gets them - everyone hates them - those annoying mass forwarded chain emails, and last but not least, those pesky little SPAM hoaxes. The problem now is, how do we differentiate between what is legitimate and what is a hoax. Internet hoaxes may seem harmless, but hundreds of people have lost countless dollars because of them. There have been credit card frauds, stolen identities, and many other problems created by hoaxes. Can you tell the difference between reality and Hoaxes? http://www.snopes.com/
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http://www.spcug.org Works Cited: The easiest thing to do is assume that all virus warnings and chain letters are fraudulent, until you can prove otherwise, if you can't find that they are hoaxes, then forward them. I haven't seen a valid chain letter yet. Hello everyone! My name is Amber McClurkin.

You have probably heard about the email from Gap offering free clothes to anyone who will forward the message on. Well, I am the founder of Abercrombie and Fitch, and I am willing to make a better deal with you.

You will receive a twenty-five dollar gift certificate for every five people you forward this to. This is a sales promotion in order to get our name our name out to young people around the world. We believe this project can be a success, but only with your help. Thank you for your support!!

Sincerely,
Amber McClurkin
Founder of Abercrombie and Fitch Example of a hoax email:
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