Monday, May 25, 2009

HOAX Message a.k.a Tipah Tipu

Because we are faced with and being fed with a lot of fake deals, scams, hoaxes and phishing webs, it would be a good idea to learn some common facts about them.

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If you receive an e-mail asking you to take some form of action do some simple tests. Look for one or more of the folowings; they are the top telltale characteristics of a hoax:
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  1. Subject line has a sense of urgency, such as - WARNING!!, IMPORTANT!!, URGENT!!, VIRUS ALERT!!
  2. Request to share the "important" warning to everyone in your address book or, as many people as you possibly can.
  3. It contains some form of seemingly-legitimate-quote from big corporations or government. Eg. "A friend who works for Petronas received this warning...". Watch out for statements like "This is very serious", or "This is not a hoax" - by such virtue, it already is.
  4. The e-mail contains prediction of catastropic consequences if you don't act immediately - such as virus attact on your hard disk, death by accident, etc.
  5. Very often you will see a lot of >>>>> marks on the left margin. These marks show that people fooled by the hoax have forwarded it many times before it reach your address.
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REMEMBER, there is no such thing as E-mail Tracking, no big company is going to give you Free Certificate or a Free Car, and sending thousands of e-mail to your friends and kins Will Not provide any relief or medical care to an ill/injured child!

You have been told! The next time you receive an e-mail urging you to forward message containing the above, please think twice before jumping into perpetuating the hoax.
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For more info on how to identify a hoax message check this one out. Also find out more here
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All the best!
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2 comments:

Kris and Nadia said...

ya agree wif you..mana da la org mau bg hadiah free2 .. panipu tu scam :)

de Engineur said...

It's difficult to distinguish fake or genuine plea for help; sometimes it's all about wisdon and our reasoning. So, our conscience play a big part also.