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aren’t outright hoaxes are often full of misinformation, and even the ones that have some truth to them are usually out-of-date by the time we receive them.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.

Michael J. Fox.
Michael J. Fox Death Hoax The popular actor has not passed away at 57 from complications related to Parkinson's disease.
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Did Eleven U.S. Marines Give Their Lives This Week? A long-circulated message offers prayers on behalf of servicemen killed in Afghanistan several years ago.
    Outdated
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Twosday? Will 2/22/2022 Really Fall on a Tuesday? The 22nd day of the 2nd month of the year 2022 will fall on a...
    True
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Did a Child Suffer Chemical Burns from a Skechers Light-Up Shoe? Sherry Foster said that although her son will recover, he is now afraid to wear...
    Unproven
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Will All Freon-Based Air Conditioners Need to Be Replaced by 2020? Although the the production or import of a chemical used in Freon will be banned...
    Mixture
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Can You Text to 83361 to Receive a Free Target Gift Card? An insidious scam ends not with free gift cards, but with Facebook users involuntarily spamming...
    Scam
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Is Facebook Removing the Share Button from Pro-Trump Posts? Rumors about Facebook's suppression of content (in this case posts supportive of President Trump) resurfaced...
    False
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Prayer Request for Jimmy Coyne’s Grandson After Walkout-Related Attack? According to a vague Facebook rumor, the grandson of a man named Jimmy Coyne was...
    Unproven
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Is a Vibrant Bra Promotion a Criminal Scam? A Vibrant Body Company bra promotion has been linked to rumors of a human trafficking...
    False
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Ventolin inhaler for asthma.
Is a Safety Recall of Ventolin Inhalers Underway? Viral Facebook posts have rehashed an old recall, causing hundreds of thousands of people unnecessary...
    Unproven
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Another ‘Amazing’ 2018 Calendar Quirk? Two important Christian observances fall on dates that are also secular holidays in 2018.
    True
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