In addition to this verification guide, here's a good list of sites to check out for other potential hoax research.
Reprinted without permission from Gizmo's Freeware blog: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/really-true-or-it-hoax-eight-places-find-out.htm
General hoaxes, myths, scams, and rumors
- Urban Legends (Snopes)
This site has been researching “urban legends” since 1995 and is one of the best known of its type. All sorts of subjects, not just Internet material, can be found here.
- Hoax Busters
A very large collection of Internet hoaxes can be found here. This is another site that has been around for quite a while.
- Hoax Slayer
Site for checking out email hoaxes and scams.
- Federal Trade Commission scam alerts
US government list of scams of all sorts. Not limited to the Internet.
A US government site with a list of online scams.
A type of hoax that has caused trouble for many people involves fake reports about computer viruses. Many anti-malware software vendors have sites that report on these fakes. Here are several.