Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Fake 'Arizona border raid' a lie that won't die

This photo, which a chain email says came from a 2012 Arizona border raid, came from a 2010 raid elsewhere in Mexico.
This photo, which a chain email says came from a 2012 Arizona border raid, came from a 2010 raid elsewhere in Mexico.

Chain emails never seem to die — they just get fresh dates.

A recent one that landed in our in-box said it detailed an Arizona border raid on March 2, 2012.
 
The problem? It closely resembles a message that Snopes debunked in 2010.
 
More than two dozen photos support the narrative: Tarps covered with weapons. Men in military garb sorting clips loaded with bullets. Unmarked SUVs. Recovered uniforms.
 
Several images still carry Spanish-language captions.
 
A little rusty Spanish gave us our first clues something was very wrong. (Well, other than the fact that the information came from chain email!)
 
So, here's something that's truly fresh to email to your relatives: Our fact-check.