Anyone with an email address has probably received an email warning them of a new virus outbreak, gang activity if you flash your headlights, or a medical warning about possible contamination from chopped onions. These emails warn you of dire consequences and incredible health hazards. Most of these emails are probably hoaxes.
You can spot these hoax emails by some of the ways they are written. If they ask you to forward them to as many people as you know, or the subject line includes phrases like WARNING!!!! or URGENT!!!!, they may be a hoax. The body of the email may show many forwards, meaning you have to scroll down a long ways to actually read the email. That can be a sign as well.
It is best to assume that these emails are false until they can be proved otherwise. We have compiled a list of websites that can help disseminate between the truth and false claims.
Email Hoaxes – inQuo’s Tech Tip Tuesday Newsletter