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Chapter 13. THE PRINCIPLE OF SALT GRAINS > Checking Out “Internet Facts”

Checking Out “Internet Facts”

I call them “Internet facts” because they're things that float around the Internet. They're not necessarily true. They're distributed via both the Web and e-mail. There are a couple of resources that are invaluable for checking out these sites, but in addition to these resources there are three e-mail characteristics that should raise a red flag for you:

  1. You're asked to forward the e-mail to everyone you know.

  2. The e-mail describes a problem—like a particularly horrible virus—that if it were legitimate would be on every cable channel as an emergency news flash, including the Golf Channel.

  3. The e-mail promises you some kind of reward for forwarding/replicating the mail.


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