Debunking Internet Scams, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends


Here's a list of outstanding sites to check out things that seem a little iffy, too good to be true, or say "send this to everyone you know!".
Internet scams, hoaxes and urban legends take many forms so it's good to have a few places you can go to see if something is true or not. Urban Legends Reference Pages
Launched in 1995, is one of the first (and best, in my opinion) sites to target this growing area of interest and usually the first place I go to check on something.
is another reliable site with the top 20 stories on in the last hour being a good way to keep an eye on the latest items making the rounds. Current Internet Hoaxes, Email Rumors & Urban Legends
The page on current internet hoaxes, email rumors & urban legends has a short but good list of items and includes a FAQ that defines the differences between a hoax, a rumor and an urban legend.

" - Internet Scams, Identity Theft, and Urban Legends: Are You at Risk?" Another excellent site that cover not only myths, scams, and hoaxes, but phishing, ID theft, and creddt card fraud. Their email scams page keeps on top of most recent items making the rounds.

The next time someone sends you email exclaiming "send this to everyone you know!" you know where to check it out.

Update: Link to Urban Myths deleted due to red WOT rating.

Update 2: Comments have now been closed as the debate was becoming too political

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