Defense Against Crime

27/05/2011

But is it True?

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Cyber Crimes — peppereyes @ 1:40 PM
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How many of you receive alarming e-mails from your friends who have gotten them from their friends, with an urgent e-mail about a new virus, or new scam or something that they felt you needed to know to keep you safe and protected. I get these and other scam e-mail all the time. The other day I got this one..

Text from County SHERIFF “PLEASE READ” A Loved Ones Life Can Depend On It!

MEN tell your sister, mother or loved one!

READ carefully

This message is for any Lady who goes to work, college or school or even driving or walking the street alone…
IF YOU FIND A YOUNG PERSON CRYING ON THE ROAD SHOWING AN ADDRESS AND ASKING YOU TO TAKE THEM TO THAT ADDRESS! DO NOT!!!
TAKE THE “CHILD TO POLICE STATION” ONLY – THIS IS A GANG SCAM TO LURE YOU TO A HOUSE NEW WAY – THAT THEY “ROB & RAPE” MALE OR FEMALE.
DO not to take them to the address they say home, TAKE to POLICE STATION – call 911

SAVE A LIFE…

That certainly is alarming news…and you feel you should pass this important news on to your friends, and it claims to be from a sheriff office, which makes it sound official. …but you should ask yourself one question” Is it True” This is the first step in the so-called Socrates Three-Filter test.

Here are some general rules to discount it as truth.

  1. More than one person repeats it . (This is what happens in politics and talk radio to make you think something is true).  This person eaither accepted it as being true, or wanted the listeners to believe it to be true.
  2. It has not been independently verified. Can you find someone else saying/reporting it? Were there witnesses?
  3. The person telling you is on a ‘SHOW’ and not a certified news journalist (this includes many talk radio, and TV shows), This does not mean what they tell you isn’t true…but shows are meant to entertain.

The internet can be a great source of information or misinformation. However, once something is shown to be a scam, or not true, you can usually find that on the internet.

Before buying anything, look at reviews, or google complaints. I remember years ago when I buying a house and went to look for furniture, I was looking at one piece of furniture and decided to Google “RoomThereTheyWent complaints” (not the real name of course). Needless to say based on complaints..I don’t buy from them.

Likewise, when I receive e-mails like this one, my first stop is to check it at snopes.com which has the facts behind lots on internet rumors.

In general… read all..trust nothing, verify everything.

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