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Created: January 12, 2006
Latest Update: January 12, 2006
There is no overall librarian for the Internet who can check sources for you. You need to be aware of hoaxes and rumors that are reproduced so often on the Internet they seem true.
The resource I use for a quick check is Urban Legends. Check it out. Use it. Don't be fooled.
Here are a couple of good examples:
- Avoid Paying for 411???
Lori Dale just sent this e-mail message to us:
"Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. When you need to use the 411 / information option, simply dial 1 800-FREE-411 or 1 800 373 3411 without incurring a charge at all except for the minutes required to make the call. Works on home phone also."
Check it out at Urban Legends. It's true, but you have to listen to advertising. jeanne
- COSTCO Cheaper on drugs???
Lori Dale also sent us an e-mail on the cost of drugs. This e-mail is discussed in Urban Legends. Urban Legends is a site you should know for quick checks on the validity of e-mails that circulate constantly.
The e-mail's not exactly not true. It's just been around a long time. The people to whom it is attributed did not write it. Beware of such hoaxes.