Hoaxes and Scams

Have you ever received an email from a friend or colleague talking about some sort of new virus,  urging you to post something to a social media site, talking about a long lost relatives who has left you millions in a will or you have trouble believing that a certain company will give you $100 if you do something? How do you go and check the veracity of the comment or check that it isn’t an old wives tale or urban legend?

A quick Google search of the title, subject line or first sentence is a good start. The search results will either confirm that the story is true or point you to a site such as Snopes (www.snopes.com) or Hoax Slayer (www.hoax-slayer.com).

Remember the old saying that if it is too good to be true then it probably is so before you go and post the message to all your friends, double check that it is correct by doing a simple Google search. Otherwise you could end up spreading a hoax or scam.

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About David Perkovic

David founded DP Computing in 1993. With a Computer Science degree and over 25 years of IT experience David has advanced computer, server and networking skills. He has personally designed, setup and administered many Microsoft based networks and likes to share his knowledge via blog posts and Youtube videos.

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  1. Thank you, I’ve recently been searching for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have came upon till now.

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