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Old 09 October 2009, 10:36 PM
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Comment: Hello,

I'm a university student, and I read Snopes regularly (usually when I
should be doing school work...)

I read the article you wrote called "Nine Tips" about a chain e-mail with
advice for women how how to avoid getting attacked and what to do if
you're being attacked. I remembered especially the point about what to do
if someone comes to the door saying the superintendent/landlord sent them.

I rent a townhouse with two other girls, but when this happened I was
home alone. A man in a truck pulled up in front of our house and knocked
on the door, saying he'd been sent by our landlord to repair a leaky
window. I didn't know of any leaking windows, and I hadn't heard my
roommates mention it. The first thing that sprung into my mind was "Snopes
said I should call my landlord!" and that's exactly what I did. By the
time I got back to the door to tell the man that my landlord had NOT sent
him, he was gone.

I can't say for sure that the man wasn't legitimate and had just gone to
the wrong address, or that I wouldn't have done the same thing if I hadn't
read your article (I like to think I would have). But I do know that your
tip was the first thing that I thought of when I answered the door.

So thank you!
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Old 09 July 2010, 02:48 PM
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Comment: I just wanted to say thank you. I read your site every now and
then and what looks interesting to me at the time. Well, about 3 days
after reading the write-up on "Family member in distress" I received an
email claiming to be a friend of mine in distress in England - the email
claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint in England and needed money to pay
for his hotel room and would I please wire him money.

I hope I would have been smart enough to realize it was a scam if I hadn't
read your account, but who knows. However, since I read your account I
recognized it instantly as a scam and not only didn't I send any money, I
contacted my friend and let him know his email account had been hacked so
he was able to let his other friends know about the scam and not fall for
it either.

Thank you in general for your great site and specifically for your warning
in this case!
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Old 16 July 2011, 03:57 PM
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Comment: I read the article you wrote on cashier cashing scams. I am glad
I read it because I just received one of those mystery shoppers cashiers
checks for $1800 (I was supposed to keep ($200 for my fee) and then wire
the rest to some person in Georgia. My wife said it was a scam but when I
googled the name of the company (Shop'n Chek Worldwide) it seemed
legitimate. I think they may have taken their name from a reputatable
company to confuse people. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 13 April 2012, 09:26 PM
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Comment: The Microsoft Impersonation Scam was run on me today.
Fortunately, I realized something was wrong and told the caller I wasn't
interested. He then crashed my computer. Called the bank immediately and
cancelled our online banking, then changed all account numbers. Since I
don't know all that he may have done to my pc, tomorrow I'm getting a new
hard drive installed. Found the scam on your site and it's a relief to
know I'm not the only dupe. Thank you!
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Old 27 July 2012, 05:48 PM
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Comment: I Just wanted to take a moment to write your website to give you
my heartfelt thanks,

Recently my dog had consumed a pack of gum. I wasn't too concerned because
it seems totally innocuous. But something spurred me to google the effects
of gum on dogs before I left for the evening to an event. Your article on
Xylitol Danger was one of the first hits that popped up. You alerted me to
the danger of the poisoning and prompted me to bring my dog in to visit
the vet immediately. He had life saving treatment, and I still have my
loveable best friend. He would have died if not for you.

I always thought of your website as a source of humor and entertainment
value. I never would have expected something that you had written to have
such a monumental impact on my life. You made a difference, and we are
truly grateful and cannot thank you enough.
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Old 28 July 2012, 06:50 AM
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After all of the bs that comes in by the ton, these have got to be positively heartwarming.
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Old 22 August 2012, 04:49 PM
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Comment: I've been using Snopes for a while now and it just paid off! In
the process of trying to sell a motorcycle and got an e-mail from a guy in
England representing someone there wanting to buy it and have it shipped
to the client's son in Mexico! Paying with cashier's check $4800 more than
selling price to be paid to the shipper. Thank you Snopes.
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Old 22 August 2012, 09:43 PM
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Makes up for all of the rest of the B.S. that comes through here. Congrats, Snopes and Barbara!!!!
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Old 09 March 2018, 03:12 PM
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Comment: Hello Snopes,

I have always appreciated your site's fact-checking talent. You are credible and objective and above all the fake news nonsense. Funny story: I went on a date a few weeks back with this woman who later texted me a link to that story concocted by a few on the extreme right that some of students at the Parkland school shooting were actually actors. I immediately went to Snopes to check out its validity. As usual, you guys were on top of this story and quickly debunked it. I texted her back the link to your investigation. For a few hours I didn't hear back. I finally texted her to see if she had read it. Her two responses were: "I read it" "Not a fan of snopes." Needless to say, I never went out with her again. My own fact-checking came to the conclusion she is a loon.
>Keep up the outstanding work!
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Old 09 March 2018, 03:25 PM
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"Not a fan of being told I'm wrong."
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Old 09 March 2018, 04:42 PM
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Quote:
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My own fact-checking came to the conclusion she is a loon.
His fact-checking isn't so good! Was she duck shaped? Did she make a kind of trilling repetitive call?

Then she wasn't a loon...

She may have been some other type of aquatic avian, however.
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Old 09 March 2018, 05:47 PM
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"Not a fan of being told I'm wrong."
Who is?

But personally I find it preferable to continuing to be wrong, when that's the choice.
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Old 09 March 2018, 05:51 PM
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I don't love it, but I generally manage not to get snippy about it. Learning to respond to it with "I stand corrected" (and maybe a thank you, depending on the circumstances) has been a great thing. Very freeing.
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Old 09 March 2018, 06:30 PM
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Sometimes--depending on who's correcting me (if the person doing the correcting would find it funny), I'll say "I sit corrected".

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