From Raging Grannie (Wanda B):
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us do; 50%
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 two 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.
High light 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:columns for adding e-mail address. Always use the BCC:(blind carbon
copy) column for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way that people
you send to 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 your 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
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.
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). This is something that SHOULD be forwarded.