Deception Knows No Boundaries

November 20, 2009

Credibility is of the utmost value, online, in journalism and in day-to-day life. However, credibility is also at stake at all times, an innocent misunderstanding, simple miscommunication or vicious act can all have the same resulting effect of deception.

It may seem easier to deceive or be deceived online, that point is debatable. Social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook have been violated by hackers posing fake pages to collect users log in information. Even banks such as Washington Mutual, know owned by Chase, have been the target of these crimes through phishing scams in email. However the question of credibility is in no way limited to the web, print hoaxes have been around for years, deceiving people through investment-fraud schemes foreign lotteries and more.

On the Internet, in person and in print it is important to pay attention to the tiny details, sometimes even fact checking. On the Internet you can do this by watching the URL. The United States Postal Service advises postal customers to be skeptical of items that seem “to good to be true”.

As you can see the question of credibility is in no way bound to the Internet. It is very important to pay attention to where you click, what you type, what and who you respond to.

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