Can you really get a job as a secret shopper? Is a serial killer luring women by playing a recording of a crying baby? Did someone really win the lottery using numbers from a fortune cookie? One of the best places to check out rumors is Snopes.com, a collection of myths, urban legends, and sometimes true stories.
One of the problems with the ease of sharing information through email and social media sites is that you could become a partner in spreading untruths. You see something that sounds like it could be true, something that fits your perspective of the world or that outrages you, and you want to share the information with your friends. You want to be helpful by sharing tips or to provoke reflection and discussion.
Protect your integrity by making sure what you’re sharing is true before you share it. Snopes is an easy way to check out some common claims floating around the Internet.