Friday, April 18, 2008
Forwarding for Luck
I don’t like to be told what to do, so I hate it when I get an email with some great thought but it tells me that I’m going to die some terrible death or have bad luck for seven years if I don’t send it to 11 people within the next 5 minutes. I just get done being all teary-eyed and sentimental and then I have to get ticked off by some idiot fortune teller, commanding me to send this email to X amount of people to escape my utter doom and destruction.
Do any of you share similar sentiments? Can you tell I’m not superstitious?
I have the solution. Now when I read some cutesy, touching story in an email, when I get to the end I just scroll down and hit delete. I don’t even read the bottom part where I know it will say something like:
Send this to 5 people in the next 5 minutes and you’ll receive good luck
Send this to 10 people in the next 5 minutes and you’ll receive good luck and a new car
Send this to 20 people in the next 5 minutes and you’ll receive good luck and a new car and a new house
Send this to 100 people in the next 5 minutes and those 100 people will pass your email on to 100 other people and then your email address will be up for grabs for all kinds of great phishing and internet scams.
Okay, I’ve never read one with that last part, but the reason I bring it up is it’s true! Many of these forwards feed internet scammers who love to collect email addresses. Have you ever noticed that when you forward tons of stuff, you start getting more spam?
Yes, I have another partial solution to this problem. If you must forward, and yes some of them are worthy of forwarding then do this. First delete the dumb fortune teller part at the end. Then… * Pay attention all forwarding morons!
When you click on forward, instead of putting all 100 email addy’s in the ‘send to’ box, click on Bcc—this stands for Blind Carbon Copy. What it does is allows you to send to everyone but it hides the email addresses of everyone you are sending to. When your friend receives the email, instead of having to scroll down through two pages of addresses just to get to the story, they will only see their address.
Now try it out—PLEASE! It’s not hard and your friends, especially this one, will like you much better because you are not passing around their email address to hundreds of would-be scammers.
If you think I have some strong feelings on this subject, you should talk to my brother. If you forward something to him and don’t delete the two pages of addresses first, you hear about it.
Yes, that’s another idea. When you forward something, you can delete all the addresses and just send the story. What a novel idea—stole it from my brother—sorry Bro! But I’m too lazy to do that every time I forward something. Sorry friends!
Now save some of your friends from internet scamming and spamming and have them read this blog.
If you send 5 friends to this blog within 5 minutes you will have good luck.
If you send 10 friends to this blog…
Ha, ha just kidding! But if you follow these suggestions I think you really will have good luck with your email account.
Oh and I can't believe I almost forgot to tell you. Whenever you get a forward and you're not really sure if it's a true story, just go to snopes.com, then you can do a search there and they will tell you if it's true. You can check out viruses, charity hoaxes, political forwards, etc. Even if you get a missing child email, they can tell you if it's real or not. And yes, there are plenty of bogus ones. I just received one saying a teenage boy was missing and it had his picture and it was a joke.