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How to Forward E-mails Properly

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:

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E-mail Dangers

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.

E-mail Etiquette

Use CC only when necessary and BCC the rest of the time.
Use Reply-All when you mean to and never when you don't.
Practice proper E-mail Forwarding to protect privacy and make e-mails more readable.
Always personalize your e-mails to make it obvious to your recipient that it's valid.

E-mail Tips and Tricks

Using E-Mail Aliases Properly - Be careful about using sensitive data (like your real name) in an e-mail account.
Remember to treat your e-mail account with the security it deserves.
Use a decoy e-mail account to keep your main e-mail account free of spam.
Avoid using any Internet provider's default e-mail.

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