How many of you receive on a daily basis those “forward” emails, such as funnies, hoaxes, jokes, surveys, chain letters, prayer requests, fake virus warnings, surveys, petitions, political attacks, etc. ?
Are we that gullible? The answer is resoundingly, YES!
I particularly like the ones where if you forward a prayer request to 10 people your prayers will be answered. I tried that one once and prayed that I would stop receiving chain emails! That one didn’t work either; I am getting more of them : ) Besides, if your moment of religion is forwarding these types of emails, you better get your butt in Church.
I am going to give you some good advice. Delete forward emails, such as indicated, on the spot! I have yet to truly find one that really is of any benefit. Do not become part of the lie. Email chains spread panic, insecurity, misinformation, and hate. Email chains are bandwidth hogs that lessen the effectiveness of email as a communication medium. As a matter of fact, we are destroying the credibility and security of our email systems because we are creating an environment of propaganda where we do not know what is true and what is not true. I can tell you this much, if you rely on forward emails as your information source, especially those with a political agenda, then you are truly lessening your credibility as a person in the know.
Keep in mind every time you forward that email, your email address is added to the other hundreds (and thousands) of email addresses that have already been harvested. In essence you are giving away information about yourself that could circulate worldwide and come back to haunt you. Chain emails feed on a persons psychic to the point that you, in good conscience, feel you need to forward it on! Again, do not forward these emails and simply delete them.
My favorites in the email chain are the hoax emails. To give you an illustrative example of a hoax email that spreads panic (and lies); I received an email about how your cell phone can explode and become an instrument of death when it is used while charging. Hoaxes, such as this, are very convincing; especially when there is horrific photo footage (see the example below).
Again, simply stated; “delete forward emails”; HOWEVER, if you feel the need to confirm information you receive in your email, you can Google it; OR use Snopes, Hoaxbusters, Hoax-Slayer, or ChainLetters.net, to name a few. I usually head to Snopes first…
“Believe nothing and verify everything!”
An example of a hoax email:
I do this all the time. I guess I won’t be doing it ANY more!
A few days ago, a person was recharging his mobile phone at home.
Just at that time a call came in and he answered it with the Instrument still connected to the outlet.
After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained and the young man was thrown to the ground
with a heavy thud. His parents rushed to the room only to find him unconscious, with a weak heartbeat and burnt fingers.
He was rushed to the nearby hospital,
but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Cell phones are a very useful modern invention.
However, we must be aware that it can also be an
instrument of death.
Never use the cell phone while it is hooked to the electrical outlet!
“There is only one reason these things exist: to harvest the “live” e-mail addresses of *gullible* people”. [Tech Paul – Tech-for Everyone]