Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Annoying Chain Emails

Do you have a friend or family member who sends you chain emails? You know, the emails that look like they’ve been forwarded over and over to what appear to be the entire email address book of several people? Usually the email has some story that sounds hard to believe, or it tries to elicit a negative emotional response. I can’t tell you how many I get each day - it's just too many.

What I find particularly annoying are the emails where the person hasn’t bothered to check the validity of the story he/she is forwarding. Sometimes these emails seem to purposely contain misleading information in order to inflame the recipient’s emotions. It usually takes less than 30 seconds to do an Internet search to find if what is stated in the email is true, or a hoax. Most of the time, it’s the latter. A word of advice: if you get a chain email, before you send it along, check first to find out if it’s true ( is a good site to use). If it’s a hoax, reply back to the person who sent it to you and tell them about their error. Then delete the email without forwarding it to YOUR entire address book.

Even worse are the chain emails that tell you to “send the email to “X” number of friends”, and if you do, you’ll have some sort of “good fortune” within “X” number of days. Or, the emails that say the reverse – if you don’t forward on the email, some catastrophe will befall you. Not only should you delete those emails, I strongly recommend you delete the person who sent it to you from your list of friends. (Note: if a family member sent you an email like that, you’re on your own!)

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