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Don’t belive what you read on the Internet

Staff Report • Aug 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

These are really the dog days of summer. It doesn’t matter if you describe them as steamy, muggy or stifling, these days are truly humid.Strangely, these sultry days are a favorite time of year for scammers. The heavy rains have brought them out this year like rats from the woodwork.Be sure to double check the references of anyone soliciting you to do roofing work, gutter repair or driveway asphalt at your home. If they are not from a local company and are going door-to-door, they should not to be trusted.The same goes for unsolicited offers from the Internet. Every day, millions of Americans receive scam emails promising a share of a deposed dictator’s assets in Rwanda. Inboxes are flooded daily with messages alerting the recipients they won a lottery they have never heard of, much less bought a ticket to play.Most, wisely, ignore these emails. Others, unfortunately, click on such solicitations and live to regret it. With so many confidence games being perpetrated on the web, it can be hard for average citizens to sort out what is legitimate and what is a scam.Thankfully, there are websites that specialize in debunking these hoaxes. One such excellent site is snopes.com, which details the latest scams, chain letters and outrageous lies floating around on the Internet. Another is hoaxbusters.org, which outlines the various ways unscrupulous folks try to mislead others by emails and fake websites.The Internet is a vast communication network that can bring the world to any computer in the country with a simple stroke of the keyboard. Computer users should be vigilant in finding out just who they are letting into their homes.

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