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UPS Uniforms, eBay and Homeland Security Threats. Oh My!

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“There has been a huge purchase, $32,000 worth, of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms on eBay over the last 30 days. This could represent a serious threat as bogus drivers (terrorists) can drop off anything to anyone with deadly consequences! If you have ANY questions when a UPS driver appears at your door they should be able to furnish VALID I.D.”

That’s from an email I received this morning. These days, news travels quick, which is usually a good thing. But sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves – just ask Reba. Especially since 9-11, there is always a new email or online threat or rumor spelling out gloom and doom for us, our family and friends.

When I read hot-button words such as “terrorists” and “deadly consequences” in an email, I immediately think hoax, especially since they didn’t tell me about it on Fox and Friends this morning.

So I Snopes’d this particular story and thought I should pass along my findings to you all. Just in case you don’t watch Fox and Friends or your email is your only source of Homeland Security warnings and threats. Relax, leave the kids in school and go back to work, it’s a hoax. In fact it’s one that’s been around since 2003.  Read what snopes.com has written about it.

And for future reference, here’s a list of 6 Fact Checking Websites That Help You Know The Truth. Please check it before flooding my in-box with anymore ridiculous Homeland Security threats or warnings and remember my policy: If you ain’t heard it on Fox and Friends, the threat ain’t real.

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