We've all received them; we've all passed some on. How do we know when an email is for real or when they fooling us into believing their lies!

Why stop hoax - what harm can they do?

  • Hoax is usually spreading of lies, often playing on people's emotions.
  • They placing unnecessary load on the mail server.
  • They cost time & money - to download, read & send nonsense email.
  • Spammers often use these emails to harvest email addresses.

How do we tell if the email is for real or a bunch of lies?

1. Check for a Date:

If the story is properly dated - A date with a year will give some form of "expiry" to the email. You can quickly see if this cause happened last month or last year or whenever.... Hoax mailers want their email to continue for ever, so they almost NEVER put the full date on it, they might be vague like "on Tuesday..."

2. Tell-tell wording:

Hoax email will only be spread by you (the receiver) forwarding it to as many people as possible. One thing they ALWAYS will have in their email is: "Forward this to everyone!" or something to that effect. That should be the first dead give-aways to ring those warning bells that this is most likely a hoax!

3. Who is it from?

I'm not meaning who forwarded to you... but who does it say it originates from? One can look at who signed it at the bottom. Just don't take that is for real. Hoax mailers are known to forge their signature... using company logo's, badges, letter heads, signatures just to give the letter an authentic look.

Remember: A corporate company most likely has a list of their clients contacts - and have means to contact them individually or will use proper advertising if they need to get the message out! They won't rely on "chain letters" to forward important information to the valuable client.

4. Jokes?

Hoax mailers are out to make fun. So watch out for those little subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) jokes in the story. Once you become aware of these - you'll probably find yourself laughing at these emails more than before.

5. Do some research

Last, but not least, there are websites where one can check out the validity of the email:

Hope this will help you not be to be caught by these hoaxers, and eliminate some unnecessary email.

Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions you'd like to hear about

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