What to Do About Internet Hoaxes

August 2006
by Reid Goldsborough

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If you’ve been on the
Internet for any period of time, you’ve no doubt received alarming forwarded
emails from well-meaning friends and relatives about dire threats to your
health or safety. You’ve probably seen similar warnings on blogs and in online
discussion groups and chat rooms.

 

Examples of these alarming
bulletins include:

 

·      If you don’t disinfect canned
goods before opening them, you can get poisoned by residue from deadly rat
droppings.

·      A gang of kidnappers at malls and
amusement parks are abducting children by taking them into bathrooms, drugging
them, dyeing their hair, changing their clothing, and smuggling them out exits,
having disguised them as members of the opposite sex.

·      If you use pancake mix beyond its
expiration date, you and your family members risk a life-threatening allergic
reaction from mold that can grow in it.

·      Beware of car thieves in parking
lots who render their victims unconscious with ether-laced perfume.

 

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