BBB Scam Tracker

bbb.org/scamtracker

Description: This resource is a database of reported and investigated scams, compiled and researched by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). BBB is a nonprofit organization that accredits businesses.

Use: Mysterious voicemail? Offer too-good-to-be-true? Think you’ve stumbled upon a scam? The BBB Scam Tracker might be able to help you determine if it is. Pop keywords into the search bar and see.

Access: This resource is free for use through a preferred internet browser from any computer in the United States, and beyond.

Citation:
Better Business Bureau. (2020). BBB scam tracker [database]. https://bbb.org/scamtracker

Snopes

snopes.com/fact-check

Description: Snopes offers an archive of investigated rumors and claims, debunking or verifying them so you don’t have to.

Why I trust it: The oldest and largest online fact-checking site, Snopes’ contextualized analysis uses evidence-based practices to fact-check the media. The company has been independently verified by the International Fact Checking Network, and, in the spirit of truth-seeking, it invites skepticism and challengers. The fact-checkers attempt to contact sources for interviews, and they seek out supporting information. They consult experts, and each fact-check travels through multiple staffers. Learn more here.

Use: Reading something you suspect could be a false or a hoax? Pop keywords into the Snopes search bar to see if it’s been investigated.

Access: Users can access this site with a preferred internet browser from any computer in the United States, and beyond.

Citation:
Mikkelson, D. (2020). Fact check. Snopes. https://snopes.com/fact-check

TinEye

tineye.com

Description: This reverse image search engine accesses a multibillion index of web images to determine an image’s origin and locate/track modified versions.

Use: Wondering if that picture is a hoax? Try reverse searching it with TinEye to find its true origin. Learn more about how to use TinEye here.

Access: TinEye is free for use through a preferred internet browser from any computer in the United States, and beyond.

Citation:
Reverse image search. (2020). TinEye. https://tineye.com