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harry strasil
09-28-2006, 1:25 PM
I receive several e-mails from people everyday that do not know how or do not care to use the correct procedure for forwarding e-mails. If you read the e-mail below you will see it is very important that you follow the correct procedure.
I really dislike seeing my e-mail address coming up on all these forwarded e-mails.
One other thing it is really discouraging to send out e-mails and a few days later I receive the same e-mail back. Looks like some of you are not reading my e-mails.

How to Use E-mail
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails. Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures.
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses & names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:
(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the "Forward" button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don't click on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the message at all.
(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or CC: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address. If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say "Undisclosed Recipients in the "TO:" field of the people who receive it.
(3) Remove any "FW :" in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail (page) you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.
(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email address on a petition. (Actually, if you think about it, who's supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just ain't so!)
One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say something like, "Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen." Or sometimes they'll just tease you by saying 'something really cute will happen.' IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I'm still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!)
I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed. (Could be why I haven't won the lottery)
Before you forward an 'Amber Alert', or a 'Virus Alert', or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes. Just go to www.snopes.com . It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please don't pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.


Al Willits
09-28-2006, 5:17 PM
It seems the "its the end of the world unless you send this to ten people" emails usually come from novices to the inner net, they haven't quite learned that at least half of what's on the net is bogus. imho

Basic caution will do wonders, don't open emails that are from someone you don't know, and definietly don't open attachments that your not sure of.
Also use your block sender feature if you have one.

Most of this stuff gets weeded out by my comp, and email addresses that have a lot of spam, get at least sent to the Junk Mail section.

Good post, lots of dog dodo out there on the net so be careful.


Jim O'Dell
09-28-2006, 5:49 PM
Can I add a side note to this? My pet peeve is the e-mail lists so many of us are on. When answering, don't copy everything that the previous 10 people have written and added to the subject. I hate reading through a message and have to "fast forward" through the same information time after time to get to the next message. Copy only the part you are answering. This is especially bad for those on digest. Jim.

Jerry Clark
09-28-2006, 6:45 PM
Boy I agree-- I copy and paste the main part of the email in a a new "Write" email to send it. I always delete all the garbage and the part that tells me to send it to 1,123 people also! :mad: