Internet Hoaxes - Best Practice of not forwarding email
As a best practices, always resist the urge to forward unusual email messages to your friends. Controversial email topics serve as "bait" for hoaxes or seeding malware to others. When in doubt, avoid sending these messages to others and research it more thoroughly if desired. If the email asks you to "pass this on to others" it's likely to be a hoax or it has an agenda behind it.
While a hoax may seem innocent, it can alarm your friends. It will certainly waste someone's time in reading or possibly researching the associated claims. Finally when true information is sent out, the recipient may ignore it thinking it's "yet another hoax".
Internet Hoaxes - Popular email myths continue to circulate
QUOTE: These hoaxes use social engineering to trick people into doing what they otherwise wouldn't do," said Patrick Runald, chief security advisor for F-Secure, an Internet security firm. Graham Cluley, a senior security analyst with Sophos, a London-based security vendor, agreed. "The most successful hoaxes have been the ones that people had a real compulsion to forward. These things can't travel unless humans participate. And, unlike anti-virus software, we haven't found a way to upgrade the human brain," said Cluley.
Seven popular and persistant hoaxes circulating in email
1. Save Amanda Bundy
2. Petition to Ban Religious Broadcasting
3. Bill Gates' Millions Giveaway
4. Good Times Virus
5. The Last Tourist
6. Snowball, the Giant Mutant Cat of Ontario
7. Bigfoot Captured!
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