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What's the half-life of an Internet hoax?

So I have now received this from three different places -- and from people who do not know one another -- so I'm posting this just in case you happen to see the same hoax floating around. This will let you shoot it down quickly! It is about driver's licenses being available to be searched online for free and it just is not true.

Here is the e-mail:

>Check this out. It's amazing!
> >> This is upsetting but I thought I should pass it along. Check
> >>your
> >>drivers license. Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the
> >>Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there
> >>it
> >>was.
> >>. . picture and all!! Thanks Homeland Security! Where are our
> >>rights?
> >>I definitely removed mine. I suggest you do the same. .
> >>
> >>Go to the web site and check it out. Just enter your name, city
> >>and
> >>state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the
> >>screen,
>click the box marked "Please Remove". This will remove it
> >>from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.
> >>
> >> [Web site left out because we don't need to feed their traffic, right?]

As is ususally the case, if something seems too good -- or bad -- to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Here is a link on this item from Snopes.com, a site that debunks urban legends such as this one.

The site notes:
Driver's license and police record information is available over the Internet from various sources such as PublicData.com, but these sites are not accessible to everyone for free, nor do they offer information from every state.

And I should add to my e-mail beefs... sending these things out without checking them out.

One really wonders what the life span of an Internet hoax is?

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Oct 28, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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