If you've already been Fooled today, shame on you! What are we 10yrs. old? Here are a few ways you can avoid being punk'd and if you've already got someone...please leave a comment and let us know what you did!!

Don't get punked by those stupid Ashton Kutcher wannabes. Get them back this year.

~~ Be Prepared

Many people get tricked simply because they don't realize that there's going to be an onslaught of pranks. Not this time around. If you're reading/hearing this, you have been informed. Use that to your advantage.

~~ Don't Believe Anything

That's right. Not one thing. If your coworker says Judy in accounting died, don't believe her. Even if you ask, "Really?" and she says, "Yes, really!" still don't believe her. This is how you get punked. Just don't buy it. Get on the phone and call Judy yourself and see if she's alive or not. Only after you have verified the facts yourself should you believe anything.

~~ Avoid the Internet

The internet is only for two things: porn and lies. Yes, there are so many frauds, hoaxes, and other forms of tomfoolery on the web every day it would make your head spin. This is just amplified on April 1st. It's best to just stay away from all of it. Everything from news websites to your friends' Facebook status updates are going to try to pull the wool over your eyes. Don't let them. Just shut off the damn computer and read a book or something.

~~ Don't React

This is the hardest and most important part of the strategy. All people want out of you is a reaction. Don't give it to them. So when stupid Joe at the office tries to pull the fake lottery winner trick on you, don't crack a smile or laugh or freak out or get all incredulous or indignant. Just say, "Mmm hmm," and walk away. Then, as mentioned above, verify the facts on your own. It's better to be a killjoy than a fool.

~~ Play Along

If all else fails and someone does trick you, don't freak out. Don't say, "You got me! That was funny." Rob them of their delight. "I knew it was a joke all along, dumba--. You're the one who was fooled!" It's sort of like waiting for it to snow and then being like, "Look, I made it snow." You didn't really, but you can claim that you did and who's to say you're lying? Sure, it's being a bit of a bad sport, but just do this once and no one will play you for the patsy every again.

via gawker.com