I think I would love to be a detective! Who would suspect a little old lady?
Nancy Drew was my favorite book series. Luckily I got to read every single one ... and owned most of them. My cherished possession. Today I continue prefer mysteries.
Of course the internet is my biggest assistant. It's amazing what I can learn with a little snooping. A Maui HOA owner claimed that she bought her home a year ago already painted (color was not approved) and with a white plastic picket fence (not allowed). I went on Google Earth and gosh! There was her house frozen in time the month she bought the home. It was NOT the current color and there was no picket fence. Busted!
So many things are public knowledge if you know where to look. You still have to verify information (just like in genealogy!) and double check everything. Especially rumors on Facebook. It's curious to me how intelligent people simply repost without applying common sense ... or checking the source.
For internet rumors Snopes.com is the oldest and most widely used source. If your inner voice doesn't tell you "nothing worth anything is FREE" or "how could Bill Gates get his $5,000 to me", check it out.
Another fact checking site is Hoax-Slayer. It's a newer site for checking email, social media hoaxes and current internet scams. The crooks are getting more sophisticated so before I open an attachment or visit a link (even from my sister), I text her to be sure it is from her.
The other site I use is Truth or Fiction.
And don't even get me started on all the political fact checker sites! Too many to list!!