You're not alone if you've fallen for an internet prank.
While some are harmless pranks or even well-planned marketing ploys, others can be extremely harmful.
Submissions to the Internet Crime Complaint Center climbed 69.4% between 2019 and 2021, according to the FBI's 2021 Internet Crime Report.
Internet hoaxes are well-known because they frequently include defrauding people of their money, infecting their systems with viruses, or worse.
Others, on the other hand, may make you wonder what you can or should trust. 

Viral hoaxes are designed to make you doubt reality and keep you coming back for more.
You are neither foolish or naive if you fall for one, especially as hoaxes become more complex.
And whether or not a hoax has been debunked, there are still some people who believe in them, as well as other bizarre conspiracy theories.