How do you tell if a message is hoax or fraudulent?
- Do a quick web search or check out sites such as Snopes. Snopes lists a lot of emails that are commonly passed around and will list why it is false and sometimes the origin or the small truth that started it all.
- The email asks you to forward it to all of your friends or a certain number of people in a certain amount of time.
- There are a lot of misspellings or punctuation where there should be none (L I K E.This).
- Typos in URLs easily overlooked (like micosoft.com)
- It is from a company or bank that you don’t do business with.
- It is asking you to verify bank account numbers or passwords.
- If it sounds too good to be true it most likely is.
These are just a few tips, but if you have even the smallest of question on an email, delete it or contact the Helpdesk for further assistance.