Pretty much everyone uses email these days. So I thought I would share a little email advice which might save you some embarrassment and will certainly be most appreciated by mail systems administrators around the world.
Just like chain letters in the old days, it may be a get rich quick scheme, promise good things will happen or conversely, threaten disaster if you don't send it on. It might warn of a computer virus that will eat your computer or claim to be a fund raiser for a missing child. The odds are it is a hoax. I discussed this once before in another column called the Truth Fairy so I won't go over old ground. Check it out before taking any action.
Unfortunately, smart people who are wise to this colossal waste of time will often choose to let everyone know they have been had. They use the standard REPLY ALL feature. This will send the message back to everyone on the distribution list and generally sparks an email storm as others on the list then do the same.
Don't forward messages before checking them out. If they are a hoax or mistake, limit your reply to the single person who sent it to you, or simply hit delete.
One last tip. It is often desirable to hide the names on the distribution list. Using the BCC field in lieu of the TO or CC fields will have the effect of sending the message to everyone on the list but only showing each person their email address. When using this form, there is no way for anyone to reply to all the recipients.
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