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
    and 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 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 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: fields for adding e-mail addresses.
    Always use the BCC:(blind Carbon Copy) field for
    listing the e-mail addresses.
    This way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address.
    If you don't see your BCC: after you have clicked 'forward'....click on the
    view on the top toolbar - then 'all headers' The BCC: will appear for you
    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 rename
    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-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.

    (5) Have you ever gotten an e-mail 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 e-mail
    can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and e-
    mail 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 e-mail
    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 e-mail is being
    traced. It just ain't so!)

    Some of the other e-mails I hate include:

    1. The one that says 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 AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I'm still seeing some
    of the same e-mails that I waited for 10 years ago!)

    2. I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either. They get trashed.

    3. Before you forward an 'Amber Alert', or a 'Virus Alert', or some of the
    other e-mails floating around nowadays, check them out before you
    forward them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for

    Just about everything you receive in an e-mail 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.

Create different e-mail addresses:
Most Internet Providers offer at least 10 free e-mail addresses per account.
Create one e-mail for purchasing items on-line.
For example: supershopper2009@xyz.com
Create another one for church and organizations.
For example: scoutmaster#(troop number)@xyz.com

Create another one for close friends only.For example: bestbuds4ever@xyz.com

This will cut down on sifting through SPAM when time is limited and
you are looking for word from someone specific.

On a different note:

When you purchase products on-line, you often receive a flood of
e-mails from the merchant.
Look for this paragraph near the end of the next e-mail you receive:

You received this email because you asked to be included in
(on-line merchant's name) mailings.
If you would like to
unsubscribe from this email, please click

click unsubscribe and fill out the form. You may also ask customer service
to remove you from their catalog mailing list, if you prefer to stop the
household clutter as well.
Remember you can recycle catalogs in curbside recycling bins.
Do you really know how to forward e-mails?
50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail?
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