Help Stop Spam.

Rowland - K7RWB <slick56@...>

Though this does not directly deal with radio I think it is a good model to go by. 

   If you follow these directions then you will cut down on your spam over time.  It takes a little effort but it will help you and all those you send or forward email to.

Words To Live By 
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.  Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures.

Do you really know how to forward e-mails?  50% of us do; 50%

Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail?  Do you hate it?  Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses and names.  As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a viru s, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail address that has come across his computer.  Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit.  That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel!  How do you stop it?  Well, there are several easy steps. Try the following if you haven't done it before:

1.  When you forward an e-mail,
DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top).   Tha t's right, DELETE them.  Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do.  It only takes a second.  You MUST click the "Forward" button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message.  If you don't click on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the message at all.  

2. Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses.  Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses.  This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address.  If you don't see your BCC: option, click on where it says To: and your address list will appear.  Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy.  When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say " Undisclosed Recipients in the "TO:" field of the people who receive it.

 3.  Remove any "FW :" in the subject line.  You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.

 4.  ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading . Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it?   By Forwarding from the actual page/ B> you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.

Have you ever received an e-mail that is a petition?  It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book.  The e-mail can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and e-mail addresses.  FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and e- mail addresses contained therein. DO NOT put your e-mail address on any petition. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient.  Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and e-mail address on a petition.   (And don't believe the ones that say that the e-mail is being traced, it just ain't so!) 
6.  Some of the other e-mails to delete and not forward are:
    a. The one that says something like,
"Send this e-mail to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen."   Or sometimes they'll just tease you by saying 'something really cute will happen.' IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!!  (We are still seeing some of the same e-mails that we waited on 10 years ago!)   
    b.  I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either--they get trashed.   

    c.  Before you forward an ' Amber Alert ', or a 'Virus Alert', or some of the other e-mails floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them.  Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS!  Just about everything you receive in an e-mail that is in question can be checked out a Snopes.  Just go to or and type in a couple of words describing the subject in the Search box. / I>It's really easy to find out if it's real or not.  If it's not, please don't pass it on.

7. Better yet learn to cut and paste. I don
't open an e-mail if I have to click on the forward more than two times. 

    a. It's easy to cut and paste.  All you do is click on forward, highlight the part of the msg you want to send and paste it in a new msg.   

So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.