Being skeptical is a good thing to keep in mind, especially since we’re all publishers these days thanks to social media.

So when spreading news from non-credible sources about, say, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pending indictment, it’s best to stop and think for a second.

For starters, a story posted online (which I’m not going to link to) claimed Cuomo and possibly others, will be indicted on Jan. 2 by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. It has popped up on Facebook and on Twitter and some readers/viewers have wondered why we haven’t jumped on it.

Let’s be clear: The story is most likely, almost certainly, wrong.

Keep in mind:

-Jan. 2 is a Saturday.

-The day before that is New Year’s Day.

-Federal courts are closed on both of those days.

-Prosecutors do not indict.

-Grand juries indict.

But spreading that stuff in the age of Twitter and Facebook is really easy to do and it undermines the work of real reporters who endeavor to get things right.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve fallen into this trap too. Spreading misinformation is too easy these days. As I write this, there are reports of an active shooter in California. Those early reports are going to be wrong.

So when stories claim an official government action will occur on the Saturday of a long weekend and includes questionable phrases like, “unable to confirm widespread rumors” — maybe stop, close Twitter and find some other sources.