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Q. Who is behind Hoax-Slayer? Who writes the articles?

A. The Hoax-Slayer Website is owned and managed by me, Brett Christensen, and I write virtually all of the articles published on the site. You can find out more by visiting the Hoax-Slayer About page.

Q. I read an article on your site that claims an email I received is a hoax. How do I know that the information in your article is accurate? Why should I trust you over the person who sent me the email?

A. All articles published on Hoax-Slayer are thoroughly researched prior to publication. My findings are based on information available via a variety of credible sources including other reputable websites, news articles, press releases, government or company publications and consumer alerts. If required, I also contact companies, government departments or other relevant entities directly to enquiry about the veracity of a particular message. Unlike a typical hoax message, my articles generally include in-text hyperlinks and/or a separate reference list that allow readers to check the information for themselves.

In other words, you don't have to blindly take my word for it, nor would I expect you to. I do not declare an email message to be untrue unless I have compelling evidence to back up such a declaration. References in my articles allow visitors to verify this evidence and draw their own conclusions.

Q. I need scam or hoax related information for a newspaper, magazine or website article. Would you be able to help?

A. Please make initial contact via the following email address:

I am happy to answer any question you may have via email. I can also provide phone numbers for further contact if required.

Q. I would like to request a radio/TV interview. Are you available?

A. While I may not always be available at short notice, I will do my best to accommodate your request. Please make initial contact via the following email address:

I can then provide phone numbers for further contact as necessary.

Q. I'd like to let you know about a spelling error that I found in one of your articles.

A. Thanks! If someone lets me know about a spelling error, I try to fix it as soon as possible. I do spell-check articles, but given the amount of material on the site, a few errors are bound to slip through. However, before you email me about an error, please consider the following points:

  1. Articles usually include an example of the scam or hoax that I am discussing. I do not correct the spelling or grammar in these examples because I want readers to see the messages in their original form.

  2. I am Australian and I therefore, for the most part, use British spelling. There are a number of differences between British and American spelling, so what you consider to be an error may simply be the British spelling equivalent of the word and not incorrect.

Q. I would like to propose a link exchange between my site and yours.

A. Sorry, but I do not participate in link exchanges. This includes "triangular" link exchanges and other linking schemes. ALL link exchange requests will be deleted without reply.

Q. Can I have your permission to add a link to a Hoax-Slayer web page on my website/blog/forum?

A. Certainly! Go right ahead.

Q. Can I have your permission to copy one or more of your articles and use it on my own website/blog/forum?

A. No, I do not give permission for my articles to be used on other websites. Using Hoax-Slayer articles on your own site without permission is an infringement of my copyright. This includes non-profit and community sites. However, you may freely link to any articles on the Hoax-Slayer website.

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