October 10, 2014
At some point or another, we’ve all probably been duped. Whether it was a relative trying to sell us a product we didn’t really need, an email scam that was just too believable, or a giveaway that all our friends were re-posting on Facebook, the chances of falling for a scam or perpetuated lie are high.
So how do you avoid that fate? Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are some online resources you can use though, if you’re doubting the validity of a story, business, etc.
If you’re thinking about giving to a charity, whether it’s money or items, you can check the status of the organization at www.charitynavigator.org. As the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, Charity Navigator rates a charity based on their financial health and accountability and transparency.
When it comes to political ads and claims and their truthfulness, you can visit www.factcheck.org. According to the site, they “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.”
And, of course, there’s always that story that’s traveling around the Internet. The one that claims some big company is poisoning its food, or that Facebook will start charging users and so on. When in doubt, check www.snopes.com.