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Hoaxes and Scams: How Can You Tell If They're Real?

Hoaxes and Scams: How Can You Tell If They're Real?

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Are you getting tons of junk e-mails in your inbox? Do you wish that you could figure out what is real and what is fake?

I get about 200 e-mails per day, roughly about 100 of those are spam. It’s amazing of how people still try to con others into giving them a great loan, even if they have bad or no credit, virtual postcards that contain viruses and the unmentionable ones, which I am sure you can figure out.

Unfortunately, the best method that I’ve found to do this is to have a great anti-spam filter installed on your system. Check with your IT department to see if they have installed one. Most likely they have already, as this has been an ongoing problem for many years now. You can also purchase anti-spyware and anti-virus software here.

I wrote an article entitled “Phishing & Spam – Not Your Everyday Food Items!” that gives insight into how to deal with e-mails such as these. Another two websites that you should check out are Snopes.com and HoaxBusters.org.

These sites will tell you what is fake and real, a hoax and an urban myth or if it’s legit. At times, it will even tell you where the hoax originated from.

So if you’re interested in keeping your company from getting a nasty virus or are worried that you might get scammed, do some further reading into these sites. It can be quite valuable and sometimes even entertaining.

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Until next time,

Take care – of your clutter!

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