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Guidelines for Forwarding E-mail

Do you really know how to forward e-mail?

50% of us do; 50% do NOT. Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Don't you just 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 often without ever knowing it.

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!

Not only that, most people resent having their e-mail address sent to someone they don't even know.

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. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a few seconds.

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) column for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way that only people you send to can 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 you are reading. Ever get those e-mail 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-mail 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. Don't do it!

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 e-mail I hate is the ones that say that something like, "Send this e-mail 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 AINT 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.

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 "Larry's Hoax Finder." Go to:

It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, PLEASE don't pass it on.

I will often send the following note to someone who has forwarded e-mail to me that has all the e-mail addresses of previous recipients:

    If you forward this e-mail, PLEASE delete the forwarding history, which includes my e-mail address and maybe others. It is a courtesy to me and others who may not wish to have their e-mail addresses sent all over the world. Erasing the history helps prevent spammers from mining addresses and prevents viruses from being propagated.

    If at all possible send e-mail to others under Blind Carbon Copy (Bcc) or better yet, copy and paste the text into a new e-mail, address to your friends and send.

    Before you forward ANY e-mail, check it out at "Larry's HOAX Finder," go to:

    To learn more about "forwarding e-mail" go to:

    Thank you!

So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses! Do your part, it only takes a few seconds!

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