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Misinformation circulates easly on the Internet and at Life Church we don't want rumors to get any help from us!
Please don't spread rumors and do not use Life Church email lists for rumors, hoaxes, urban legends, or chain letters.
When that "urgent" email arrives in your inbox, these 3 simple rules will keep you out of trouble:
These simple rules can save you from a great deal of embarrassment! If you learn to follow them you'll be in pretty good shape. If you want more information about this wide-spread internet problem however, feel free to keep reading.
From time to time you may receive emails warning you about some urgent problem and encouraging you to pass the warning on to everyone you know. These "electronic rumors" can spread widely and may cause unnecessary panic and even harm. Because email is so easy to redistribute, both true and false information circulates on the internet very quickly.
Very often, just when you think you are providing helpful information to your friends and loved ones, you are actually misleading them and spreading confusion - something that none of us wants to do!
The best way to handle one of these emails is: Stop - don't forward it to anyone! That's right - just leave it alone! In fact, if you can just pull off this simple act of self-control, you don't have to read any further - we're done!
It may be that you can't bring yourself to just stop and leave it at that. Perhaps you're concerned that this time the fate of everyone you love depends on them knowing what's in the email. Well, if you can't stop at stop, the next step is think!
By asking yourself questions and doing some research before hitting that "send button", you can help minimize the level of false information in circulation.
OK - You took time to stop and think about that email. You still want to save the world by forwarding it to everyone you kow, but now you realize there's a chance that it might not be legit. It's time to check it out!
One way to get quick information about warnings that you get via email is to use an internet search engine such as Google, Yahoo, and Alta Vista. Enter some of the text from the email and see what comes up.
You can also check out the following sites to see if the email you received has already been recognized as a hoax.