I really like a good discount on something. And I love getting something for free! I think we all do. Everyone knows that old adage,
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
So, how can you know?
Well, if you get an offer via email or Facebook, even if sent from a friend, if it sounds too good to be true, then you might check out Snopes.com. In Snopes.com’s own words, they are the definitive Internet reference for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
What? Free Disney Tickets on Facebook?
Just recently several friends have invited me to participate in a free Disneyland/Disney World Free Ticket Giveaway. My TGTBTA (Too Good To Be True Antennae) shot up pretty quickly. So I headed over to Snopes.com and searched for “free Disney”. And quickly my bubble was burst – no free ticket giveaway (http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/disneyland.asp). But I also learned that this was a scam to collect personal information and to attempt to get me to sign up for some expensive services.
I also recently used Snopes.com to vindicate (at least in my mind), the reputation of Starbucks. The claim going around Facebook was smearing Starbucks as anti-patriotic (http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/starbucks.asp). It didn’t take me long to learn that the claim was completely false. My tastebuds are so very grateful for that one!
Snopes.com – don’t chase free offers without it.