Monday, April 13, 2009

People who forward alarming e-mails need to consult Snopes.com first


Tech-media-tainment’s senior correspondent – my mom – forwarded another conspiracy e-mail to the home office today.
This one was about a terrorist expert who supposedly accurately predicted 9/11 and other attacks and was now predicting multi-city, simultaneous attacks in the U.S. within the next 90 days.
A quick check on Snopes.com revealed the e-mail’s claims to be false.
Once again, Snopes quickly shot down another Internet rumor. It’s amazing that bogus rumors and urban legends continue to be spread online when a fact-checking service like Snopes does such a thorough job.
The April 2009 issue of Reader’s Digest profiles the couple behind Snopes.com. The husband-and-wife team of David and Barbara Mikkelson has run the Web site since 1995. The two started the Web site as a hobby and it has become a full-time profession. Each month, 6.2 million people visit Snopes.com.

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