Hey folks! Here's some helpful hints about hoaxes and forwarding email.
Just thought you might like some helpful hints on how to identify hoaxes
and other useless eMail that comes your way. Please trash and ignore any
eMails like these (your friends will be happier ;-) :
- promising you money for forwarding
- promising any rewards for forwarding, including trips, cars,
merchandise, or little animated doggies who dance on your screen
- asking you to contibute money (unless it's a close friend)
- anything about Bill Gates or Microsoft (no, they CANNOT trace your
forwarding and pay you for it)
- anything about Walt Disney Jr. (Walt Disney Sr. had no sons)
- promising to donate 3 cents to a fund for poor little sally or
johnny. There is no way for the charities to collect anything.
- any virus reports. And i do mean ANY virus reports. Even the ones
that say "This news just released by IBM and AOL". If any company
was going to release reports of viruses it would be the makers of
anti-virus software (McAfee, Norton, etc.) and they do so by
posting reports on their websites, NOT through eMail.
- any chain letter that promises to reward you in some way.
Also keep in mind that even the real heart-breaking pleas to pray for
some poor child (unless you know the original writer of the eMail, not
just the last person who forwarded it on to you) have probably already
been seen by most of the people you know and are just as likely to be
pranks as to be honest.
Now, if you decide that you simply must send that forward anyway, here's
some etiquette notes to keep in mind:
- It's better to copy & paste than to forward. Highlight just the part
of the letter that you want to send on, then create a new eMail
and paste into that one. Forwarding often adds the "chicken lips"
> >> > >> > > > >> > thingies that we all hate so much. Forwarding also
includes all those hundreds of lines of eMail addresses and other
headers that you have to scroll through to finally get to the
actual message. Using the copy & paste method avoids both of
these problems (or at least prevents them from getting worse).
- Speaking of all those hundreds and thousands of eMail addresses, have
you ever wondered who they all are? Have you ever thought about the
fact that your address and the addresses of all the people you've
just sent that forward to are now visible to many many other people?
Not all of these people are ones you'd necessarily want to have your
eMail address. Some of them may be spammers or worse. And i'm sure
your friends don't want their addresses given away so freely either.
The solution to this is to use BCC: (Blind Copy To:) instead of the
regular To: or CC:. This way the list of people you send your letter
to is hidden from all the recipients. It also makes the letter much
shorter on their screen and smaller in their inbox too.
- HTML formatted mail may look snazzy (of course, sometimes it may not)
but, it is a much larger eMail transmission than plain text eMail.
It takes longer to send, longer to receive, longer to display, and
often doesn't really get the point across any better than plain
text does. Also, it's quite possible that many of the people you
send eMail to have software that doesn't support viewing HTML codes
so they see a mess of HTML tags on their screen. Think twice before
sending HTML formatted mail. Think three times even.
- Pages & images - Many eMail programs allow you to send entire web
pages as attachments to an eMail. I'm not sure why. As with the
paragraph above, it makes for a larger eMail that takes longer to
send and receive. Since the page is on the web, send only the URL
(link) to the page. That way your recipient may choose to look at
it at their convenience rather than having to deal with it when
they open the letter. The same applies to pictures that are on the
web (as opposed to pictures that are stored locally on your own
drive). Save yourself and your recipients some time and send just
the link instead of the entire picture.
Anyway ... now that i've talked your ear off, i'll let you get back to
whatever you were doing. Thank you for being such a polite and patient
Remember ... this is IMPORTANT stuff! Forward this letter to EVERYONE on
your mailing list!!! You'll receive 172 cameras and a schnauzer for
every 300 people you forward this to!!!!! Remember, little Billy's
tonsils depend on this letter reaching as many people as possible!!!!!!!
Or maybe not.
Some sites with information on hoaxes:
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