Happy Friday! How many times have you received an e-mail from a
friend, co-worker, or family member that reads something like this:
"Forward this e-mail on to 10 people and receive good luck for a month!" Or
"If you forward this to 10 people, you'll see something funny on your
screen after you send it!"
I don't know about you, but I still receive these occasionally. But what
happens when you do forward them on as instructed? I hate to be the one
to burst your bubble, but nothing will come of them. So what is the purpose
of this chain mail? As member Jaye asked in his question, is it true
that tracker programs are attached to these e-mails that track the cookies
and e-mails of those folks you forward to? Is it a way to get names and
cookie tracking information for telemarketers and spammers--to validate
active e-mail accounts for their own profitable purposes?
In this week's discussion, many of our members chimed in to share
their thoughts on the purpose of these e-mails, but also provided
tips, e-mail etiquette, and some dos and don'ts. So if you are
still someone who continues to forward on chain e-mails, I urge you to
give this discussion a careful read and listen to what your fellow
members have to say. I'm sure after reading through it, you'll
think twice about forwarding on that chain e-mail again.
If you have any additional thoughts, tips, or warnings for your fellow
members, please join us in this discussion. After all, the more we can
learn from another, the safer we'll all be in the cyberworld!
1) Any time you see an e-mail that says "forward this on to
'10' (or however many) of your friends," "sign this
petition," or "you'll get bad luck," or "you'll get good
luck," or "you'll see something funny on your screen after
you send it," or whatever--it almost always has an e-mail
tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails
of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a
copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get
lists of "active" e-mail addresses to use in spam e-mails or
sell to other spammers. Even when you get e-mails that demand
you send the e-mail on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus--
that is email tracking, and they are playing on our
conscience. These people don't care how they get your e-mail
addresses--just as long as they get them. Also, e-mails that
talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable
disease, "how would you feel if that was your child"--e-mail
tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!
2) Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and
forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years
ago that asked people to send business... Click here to read more
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Community quick poll Weigh in on this week poll topic!
What do you do when you receive a chain letter in your e-mail from a
friend or family member?
(Please click on button to vote)
Read and forward it, as instructed. Read and delete it. Read it and reply to sender to tell him/her to stop sending spam. Delete it without reading it. Flag the sender as spam, even if that person is a friend/family member. Reply to the e-mail and give that person a piece of your mind! Set up a special filter/folder for that sender's e-mails. Other. (What do you do?)
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