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Email Tip: Avoiding Spam When Forwarding Email

We have all probably gotten them - those emails forwarded from friends, where you have to scroll and scroll through long lists of addresses trying to find the actual content of the message. This kind of message is a gold mine for spammers. They get a hold of these emails and know that these addresses are likely to be valid. Please, please, please don't do this to your friends. Some of us have suddenly gotten hundreds of spam emails a day right after our addresses were included in emails this way. Fortunately, this is easy to prevent.

Here are a few tips:

Never, never, never send an email that has lots of irrelevant email addresses in the body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean never. The rule of thumb is that, in most cases, the only addresses on an email should be those for the sender and the recipient.Before pushing the send button when forwarding an email check to see if there are any unnecessary email addresses in the body, and other any extraenous content for that matter. Please send only the actual information that you wish for your friend to see. After all, it's only polite to not load the email with a lot of junk.

When sending an email to multiple people you can hide all the extra addresses that it is being sent to by using BCC (blind carbon copy). You can actually put all of the addresses in BCC.

And, if you have groups of addresses in your address book, there is usually a checkbox in the group's window or in the preferences for suppressing showing the extra addresses.

When using BCC and the suppress showing group address box the recipient only sees their own address even if the email was sent to millions.

Please don't aid the spammers. Be considerate of your friends and use the above techniques.


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