Don’t Forward “Chain Letter” E-mails!

Spring 2009 CSANews Issue 70  |  Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.Back to list

Friends and family enjoy forwarding e-mails to us that share messages of hope, remind us of why we are doing well, draw our attention to a subject that we might take for granted and sometimes to support a meaningful cause. Often, these "chain e-mails" encourage us to send them on to more friends and family. "Forward this e-mail to at least 10 people in the next 10 minutes and you will have good luck!" "Do not delete this e-mail or ignore it, or you will have bad luck!"

Make it a priority to avoid forwarding such e-mails. They almost always have a tracking program implanted in them that collects e-mail addresses and sends them to the host sender who, in turn, sells the active e-mail list for profit to telemarketers and spammers.

If you are particularly moved by an e-mail message that has a presentation attached to it which you would like to share with your online friends, download it, save it and attach it to a new message that you have composed yourself.

Break the chain, don't simply click on FWD.