Archive for ‘hoax

How to authenticate a picture on the internet

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Sometimes things happen during the routine course of the week, and suddenly I realize – that’s a good topic for a blog post.  That’s what happened this past week. If you’re on Facebook, you know there is a high volume of pure garbage that gets “Liked” and shared.  I’m not necessarily talking about content […] Read more »

Why all the fake Facebook images? MONEY

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If you spend any time at all on Facebook, you know there are some things that are a regular feature: fake pictures and hoax stories.  Some of these things are the so outlandish, it’s amazing that anyone could actually believe them.  But people fall for them time after time.  And they re-post the same thing […] Read more »

Don’t get scammed with an unintentional download

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Okay, I am going to do a bit of ranting today.  I won’t be talking about unethical politicians (aren’t they all) or annoying TV commercials.  I’m here to tell you about a growing trend among software manufacturers – deceiving the consumer into installing software that was not wanted.   This is something that I […] Read more »

How to spot a scam/phishing email

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It’s kind of hard to believe, but a LOT of people are still falling victim to scam emails, also known as phishing emails.  When “phishing” is spelled that way, it just means that there is a scammer looking to grab some personal information in order to steal your identity and your money. There are […] Read more »

How to NOT lose your internet connection on July 9

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I’ve been getting emails and Facebook messages asking about a topic that is currently in the news.  There is a story circulating that claims hundreds of thousands of people could lose their internet connection in July.  A story like that might sound a lot like the typical “forward this email to all your friends” hoax.  […] Read more »

2 free teacup Yorkies? Sorry, it’s a scam

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Yorkie lovers around the country (and even some in the Caribbean) were excited recently at the possibility of getting not one but TWO Yorkshire Terrier puppies at no cost – free to a good home.  Since these puppies can commonly sell for as much as $1500 each (or more), that’s an amazing offer…if it were […] Read more »

Some of the best email hoaxes

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And by “best” I really mean the ones with the highest “Nonsense Factor”. These are all taken from the archives of Snopes. The sad thing is, they are all still in circulation and there are still people every day that read them, believe them, and then forward them. 1. The US Government plans […] Read more »

Email forwards

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Okay…I have received an email from 3 different people in the last week, asking me if the virus they were being warned about was real. I am going to cover this in detail here, because there is an element of truth to it that makes it dangerous. The best scams/hoaxes usually have a little bit […] Read more »

Wow, did you hear about this?

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There are some amazing stories circulating on the internet and by email right now – and apparently they are all true! Here are some of them: UPS Uniforms reported missing – believed to have been acquired by terrorists, who are planning to use them to gain unauthorized access to certain sensitive and vulnerable areas. Ashley […] Read more »