Saturday, October 17th, 2009 (No comments yet
Chain letters gather e-mail addresses the further they go. Here's an example that has gathered quite a few e-mail addresses along the way:
The further it goes, the more e-mails it collects
If you're going to forward an e-mail, make sure you actually delete all the e-mail addresses and other useless data from above and below the actual content before you do. Not only are you preventing your e-mail (and the e-mails of everyone else on the list) from being sent to who knows who, but it makes the content of the e-mail much easier to find.
Pranks and Hoaxes
Besides protecting the privacy of those who came before you and those who come after, it might be a good idea to verify the authenticity of an e-mail before sending it along. There are a variety of hoaxes that are constantly being sent around in e-mails with the plea to send them to everyone you know.
In one famous case, Nike shoes was the target of a prank that claimed that if you sent them old sneakers, you'd receive a new pair for free! Because people believed it and kept spreading the lie, Nike received thousands of pairs of old shoes and a lot of bad press through no fault of their own.
Even if you don't share my personal distaste for people who create hysteria or harm through these pranks, at least consider the embarrassment factor. If you're one of those people who forward everything without previously researching it, you look pretty gullible and at the very least, people will start ignoring the things you send.
Whenever you receive one of these chain letters, first check the rumor-busting sites online:
|Until we find out who the people are who actually buy things from spammers and kick them off the Internet, you're going to have to learn how to deal with and prevent spam.|
|E-mail Viruses - Learn how viruses are spread through e-mail and how to stop them|
|Phishing - Spot and avoid lures that pull you into the dark side of the web|
|Don't be one of those people that loses thousands of dollars to the classic Nigerian Scam.|
|Use Reply-All when you mean to and never when you don't.|
E-mail Tips and Tricks