Inboxer Rebellion

Every day we’re bombarded with e-mail of dubious origin and even more dubious veracity: messages that plead with us to find a missing kid or help a sick child, sign a petition to right some terrible injustice, take a stand on an important piece of pending legislation, forward a message to claim free merchandise, or take heed of the latest computer virus. The messages that aren’t outright hoaxes are often full of misinformation, and even the ones that have some truth to them are usually out-of-date by the time we receive them. This is the place where the inboxer rebellion begins! The categories below should help you locate and identify whether that piece of e-mail you’ve received is a hoax, the truth, or something in between.

Are Americans Receiving Unsolicited Mailings of Seeds from China? Numerous U.S. residents have reported receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did...
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Do 52 Thoroughbred Horses Need New Homes Due to COVID-19? A plea that dozens of horses are destined for slaughter if adopters are not found...
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No, Kroger Is Not Offering a Free $50 ‘Anniversary’ Coupon on Facebook Yet another "free coupon" scam attempted to lure social media users with bogus promises.
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Did Police Find Heroin Disguised as SweeTarts? The Halloween holiday may have revived interest in an outdated and unsubstantiated warning.
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What Is ‘Palindrome Week’? Numerical palindromes, such as 12321, can be read the same forwards and backwards.
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Is ALDI Offering Homeless People Free Food on Christmas Eve? Social media users avidly shared a meme that was well-meaning but light on details.
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Bogus ‘Now Hiring’ Meme Still Circulating on Social Media If you're looking for seasonal employment, this perennial holiday meme isn't for you.
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Does This Vet Need Help in Finding Survivors of His Air Force Bomb Group? The online world is amazing in satisfying some requests, but often information is propagated long...
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Terminally Ill Teen Requests Christmas Cards for the Holiday The late Maddox Hyde of Pennsylvania did issue a request for cards after doctors said...
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Is Allisyn Nicole Still Missing? Recycled social media posts from 2013 report that the young woman who supposedly went missing...
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Did Jimmy Carter Announce That His Cancer Is Spreading? Viral social media posts rehashed a three-year-old announcement about the former president, who has been...
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Michael J. Fox Death Hoax The popular actor has not passed away at 57 from complications related to Parkinson's disease.
    False
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