Since I got off on a bit of a rant in my last missive, let me continue in a similar vein.
If you use email or ICQ, use common sense too! If you don’t
understand how email gets from point-to-point, look it up. As soon as you understand the current Internet system, you will know that the Bill Gates/Walt Disney emails, purporting to track your email and give you prizes, are completely impossible. For an in-depth look at these and other common chain letters, go to this wonderful site, Diamond Back’s email Hoax Page. If that is too much trouble, just take this piece of advice: Don’t circulate anything that tells you to forward it to everybody you know. If you really feel that the little boy with liver disease is so poignant you can’t help yourself, STOP. Then, look up the information on your own, to make sure that the little boy exists, that he wants to be bombarded with postcards or whatever, etc. I’m betting that nearly every one of these pleas for your compassion are hoaxes.
Now, what, praytell, could be the motivation behind all these email hoaxes? A perverse sense of power, I suppose. They are starting to clog up the Net’s mail routers, but not nearly so much as spam. So, basically, the only thing the email forwardings do is to annoy people and fill their email boxes with junk mail. If you are connecting on an hourly pay plan, this could begin to add up very quickly, especially since so few people seem to realize they can read their mail without actually being connected to the internet. But, that’s something for you to figure out on your own.