I received the following email and as it contains good advice I
though I would pass it on. Note I have not just forwarded it or cut
and pasted it, I have given it a good scrub-up so it should be free
of any nasties. To those who receive it and regard it as a treatise
on ova sucking, sorry but there are still people out there who would
find it instructive.
HOW TO FORWARD E-MAIL APPROPRIATELY
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.
Please share it with your email buddies!
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? Most of us DO NOT know how.
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 email 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 you know how to. 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 hit the forward button first you won't have full editing
functions . I particularly dislike having to scroll through 200
Email addresses before I get to the email.
(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
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.< /SPAN>
That way you aren't sharing all those addresses with every Tom, Dick
(3) Remove any 'FW:' in the subject line. You can re-name the subject
if you wish or even fix spelling.
This one is very important - please read and heed
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail 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. These are the ones that
often end up having picked up a virus from somebody. This is really
(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
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!)
(6) One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that 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 this be why I haven't
won the lottery??)
(7) 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 http://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.
Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone we know (but
strip my address off first, please!).
This is something that SHOULD be forwarded.
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