How to Verify Facebook and Email Stories and Scams

How can you verify the dozens of stories and reports you read every day on Facebook or in your email?  As interesting, heartwarming or upsetting as most of these reports are, I’ve become very leery about believing any of them without first checking them out.  If I have any questions my first stop is http://www.snopes.com/

I also check http://www.truthorfiction.com/ .  I've found both of these web sites very helpful in verifying the reports I read.  On both of these sites I can quickly see the current stories, rumors or scams going around or I can search for any topic I want to find out more about. Snopes has a search box right at the top of their web site and Truth or Fiction has a search button on the right side of the web page.

I also use Google or Bing to search for the report. (Just type a few key words into the search box.)  If it is true then it should be big news.  If there are no search results there is a good chance that it is just a scam.   

Three other very good web sites with information on frauds and scams are:

http://www.bbb.org/us/BBB-Press-Releases/    

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) posts warnings to notify consumers and businesses about recently discovered business scams. They also help resolve buyer/seller complaints against a business.

If you think you have been the victim of a fraud you can file a complaint at  http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx    . The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.  This site provides victims of internet fraud an easy way to alert authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation.




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