Do you believe internet hoaxes? Do you spread them?

@Taskr36 (13925)
United States
March 20, 2007 11:20pm CST
Since joining mylot I have seen countless threads started with internet hoaxes. Some are slightly believable like fake virus hoaxes, others are completely ridiculous like that stupid one about KFC using genetically engineered chicken-like monsters for their food. Who here falls for these hoaxes? Have you ever deleted your Kernel Debugger, or System32 folder because an email hoax told you it was a virus? Did you stop eating at KFC because you believe they have an army of genetic engineers making chicken? Do you spread those hoaxes about some girl lost in Indonesia with a virus filled attachment?
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
16 May 07
Hahaha! This post made me laugh! :) I was fooled by this stuff a couple of times in my life, but now I grew up. And no, I NEVER EVER spread this type of information. About the virus stuff, I try to trust my anti-virus and my firewall, and I rarely do anything by myself concerning this.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
21 May 07
Thanks for the best response! ;)
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• India
24 May 07
I just look at the reason for which they have sent the e-mail. But above all the points which have to be considered for identifying a hoax is to be well-informed about the things being discussed. By being well-informed we can identify a hoax even when there is a slightest of variation than that of the regular point. Being well-informed has been made easy with the advent of internet. Just surf for the material and then you can decide whether it is a hoax or a genuine message.
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@krayzee (1161)
• Romania
21 Mar 07
I actually find very annoying the fact that people tend to believe anything (the weirder the better without checking first). I don't fall for email hoaxes because I check everything against snopes.com which is a site about this kind of hoaxes and analyzes their level of truth or untruth :) As for spreading I don't spread them either as I don't like receiving them so I don't think anyone does.
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@onlyu2008 (172)
• China
21 Mar 07
Yes,I believe internet hoaxes and I never spread them.
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@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
No matter where you get your information,there will always be some who will believe it.One person will say the New York Times is the only true newspaper out there while someone else will argue that The National Enquirer is "the bible of truth".Let people have their fun and beliefs.I would hope that many take what they see/hear/read with a grain of salt.But I have a brother whose friend's best friend's sister's mailman's son-in-law worked at KFC and he swears they use engenerically-altered chicken on slow days to save money.
• United States
21 Mar 07
Yes I believe them. I never spread them