Circulating message warns that Muslims are stamping the slogan "NO GOD BUT ALLAH" beneath the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" on American dollar bills. The message includes a photograph depicting such a defaced note.
Message, purporting to be from "WebEmail Support" claims that the recipient must reply with his or her email account address and password so that the account can be made more secure by implementing F-Secure ® HTK4S anti-virus/anti-spam.
Message, purporting to be from the Facebook Security Team, claims that the recipient’s Facebook account may have been compromised and that he or she must follow a link to verify account details within 12 hours or risk having the account permanently suspended.
Protest message claims a series of attached photographs depict a luxuriously appointed coach that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe bought himself despite the dire economic straits that nation is currently enduring.
You can make life just that little bit easier for the recipients of your email by ensuring that you use a meaningful subject line. This really can make a difference, especially if your recipient gets a lot of email. Good subject lines are especially significant when sending messages to email discussion groups and support staff but are important for personal email as well.
If you are sending an email to ask for help or make an enquiry, a well-chosen subject line can make it more likely that you will receive a timely response. A concise and meaningful subject line lets the recipient know immediately what the email is about. In an overloaded inbox, good subject lines can help the recipient process email more efficiently. Ultimately, an email with a decent subject line may well be opened and answered ahead of one that has a subject line that is meaningless, generic, or worst of all, non-existent.
Another bad habit that should be avoided is "hijacking" existing subjects. Unfortunately, people often start an entirely unrelated topic by replying to a previous email but neglect to change the subject line accordingly. If you wish to discuss a new and unrelated topic it is best to start a new email.
Using good subject lines can increase the effectiveness of your message as well as make you appear more professional.
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to join the group titled "becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life" because it is operated by a group of pedophiles intent on accessing your Facebook photographs.
Scientific studies indicate that citrus (including lemon) contains compounds that may indeed be beneficial in preventing or combating some types of cancer. However, this message significantly exaggerates the potential of lemon as a cancer remedy, contains false and misleading information, and does not originate from a credible medical or scientific entity.
Email that includes a photograph of a wooden foot bridge on a forest walking track claims that a person will appear on the bridge if the email is forwarded to at least five other people
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Editorial - When Researching, Check Publication Dates
Every August since 2004 I have received messages from irate site visitors who accuse me of being totally wrong in denouncing the Mars Close To Earth email forward as a hoax.
This email forward, which begins circulating anew during July and August every year, claims that Mars will be the closest to Earth in recorded history during August. This was true in 2003, but has not been true for any year since.
These visitors rather belligerently claim that they have seen evidence from a very credible source, namely the BBC, which proves that the information in the email forward is in fact true. They berate me for my lack of research and claim that my article could cause many people to miss out on this “once in a lifetime” event. However, when I gently point out that their conclusions are based on a simple error on their part, their belligerence is rapidly replaced with embarrassment.
The "proof" they speak of are BBC articles about the, factual, 2003 close encounter with Mars. These old articles are apt to come up high in the search results for people who are looking to verify information in the email forward. At face value, these articles seem to completely confirm the claims in the email forward. However, many people apparently forget to look at the DATE the articles were last updated – in this case, August 2003.
Of course, once the reader notices this date, it becomes clear that articles like mine dismissing post 2003 versions of the email forward as inaccurate and hopelessly outdated don’t miss the mark after all.
News articles have been available on the Internet for a long time now, and there is a vast and growing repository of archived news information available. But, before you use an online news article to back up a point of view or verify a piece of information that has come your way, it is important to check the date that the article was published. Although it may have been true at the time of publication, information in an outdated article may have no relevance to current events whatsoever and may cause unnecessary confusion when used out of its original time frame.
The "published" or "last updated" date is usually included at the top or bottom of online news articles and should not be difficult to locate.
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