Internet Sites Spread, Debunk Hoaxes

No, Nostradamus did not predict the terror attacks on Sept. 11. CNN didn't fake footage of Palestinians celebrating the attacks. And 4,000 Jews did not stay home from work at the World Trade Center on the day of the attacks. Those and many other hoaxes are being spread on the Internet these days. But there are some websites that set the stories straight.

So many hoaxes and phony stories have cropped up since the terror attacks that there's now the Rumors of War page.

This is part of the huge Snopes Urban Legends site. It debunks and explains many of the rumors now circulating.

Most of the rumors you're seeing are being spread by e-mail, including a hoax that terrorists around the world sent an image to their compatriots via cell phone to signal the successful attacks of Sept. 11. They're updated daily and put to rest some of the hysterical and totally false claims circulating in cyberspace.

Another debunking site to check out is the Latest Rumors section of the Urban Legends site on  You'll find a very active Web community here moderated by a guy named David Emery.

The site performs a responsible and much-needed service in helping to control the hysteria and misinformation that is currently circulating. It tells you how the hoax originated and then thoroughly debunks it, with references. The most current hoaxes and scams are updated daily, and you can use a search box of an alphabetical list to check out suspicious e-mails.