Stop email chain letters!
In the light of current events:
Based on a message I received recently it seems that some people have to learn more about the internet. I would like to take the opportunity to help.
1. Please do not forward email chain letters. Nobody ever received a reward for forwarding and there will never be a reward.
2. Most virus warnings sent by mail are so called hoaxes. Those who would consider are warning are typically secured by antivirus programs and carefully use the internet. All the others would ignore you, anyway.
3. Pay attention if you forward jokes. Rule of thumbs: Would you spend the effort and tell me the joke face to face? Any jokes that fail the topic you should better keep for yourself. If the joke is a good one, please tell me next time we meet. I prefer to spend time with you instead of being another name on your distribution list.
4. Forwardings very seldom are a reliable source of information. Extraordinary reports are quite often urban legends. Especially if they are about bigger companies. If it would be trustworthy news, you could find them in mass media. Wack or far fetched stories are in most cases pure fiction. Have fun reading them, but keep them for yourself.
5. Do not buy from spammers. Never! Do not even visit their websites. Ignore spam, create a filter to get rid of them. Do not contact spammers and ask to be removed from their distribution list. This would be counterproductive, because by doing so you confirm that your mail address exists. They will put you on their "valid address" list and you will get even more spam.
6. Do not open apps or executable attachments that you get by mail. If the attachment ends with .exe, .bat, .com or .vbs, you should delete it (if not yet done automatically by a respective security rule).
7. Don't be a spammer. Multi level marketing messages don't impress me. I am not interested to be part of a pyramid system. If I should need vitamines, herbals, cheap far distance calls, stimulating magnets or "pay-me-for-surfing-the-web", I would not contact you. Hence friendships came to an end, so please don't be a reason for it with such with dubious offers.
8. Proposals how to make more with your money come from professional asset consultants, not from open websites or unsolicited mails.
9. Whatever promises a lot of money for homework, obviously is a trap. If it would be so easy, those companies would have to defend from all the requests, they would not beg for customers.
To a certain amount these hints are also valid for social media, like Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Use available features to show your appreciation (like button, star, +1, positive comments) instead of repeating and publishing the same text again.
This was hopefully the last chain letter forwarding that you ever sent. Next time when you receive such clutter, reply with this text. Please only reply to the sender, not the entire distribution list. Otherwise this would be another chain letter, which we want to avoid.