The purpose of this web page is to inform people of scams going on
There are all kinds of Email's being forwarded about Microsoft and/or AOL paying people to forward Email all over the place,
rumors about viruses being sent through regular postal mail, just to name a few. I've also noticed that most people forward these messages, not only without looking into its authenticity, but they leave all the header information intact with hundreds of people's personal Email addresses still in the body of the message.
Here are a few links to OFFICIAL sites regarding a few of these scams:
American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
United States Postal Service - www.usps.gov
Center For Disease Control - www.cdc.gov
Procter&Gamble - www.proctergamble.com
Hilfiger - www.tommyhilfiger.com
a Wish Foundation - www.wish.org
These are just a few, but I'm sure there are more out there. If you have any other information regarding Email scams, let me know and I will be glad to research and add them to the list. You can Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some things to keep in mind: It is impossible for the originator of a message to know
who has forwarded the message, and to how many people. That is not how an Internet Email server works. If you mail a
letter to someone, and they let someone else read it, would you know that
someone else has read it? no. Its the same in the computer world. A
server receives a message, a user downloads it. The user then sends that
message to a bunch of other people, there is *NO WAY* that the original
sender knows that it has been forwarded on.
So what the purpose of all these chain letters? Well, I know of one
thing - most of these emails have probably close to, or over 100 email
addresses. Companies are paying big money to get new, fresh email
addresses to send junk email to. Within the next few weeks, of receiving one of these messages, if the people
have indeed forwarded it on, you will be receiving more "SPAM" email, which is just someone trying to sell you
We all like to forward on Jokes, important information, etc.. If you are going to forward messages to your friends, please at least delete all the Email addresses in the header of the message. I always do. There's nothing worse than having to scroll through a huge list of Email addresses to find the actual message.
Most E-mailing List companies thrive on receiving these messages, and probably originate most of them so that it will get back to them with lists upon lists of new Email addresses.
Here is an example of a message I just got today (09/13/00), I'm sure you've all seen this before:
>From: "JOHN BRIDGERS"
>To: email@example.com, BARRYBM@ex.yuma.usmc.mil,
MHolmes@intellimark-it.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Cruizer504@aol.com, KStumpR@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, CHARLA22@AOL.COM, CMILLI36@AOL.COM, S99KASEY@AOL.CO
>M, Minnie695@aol.com, RSONEAL@AOL.COM, TASTY51@HOTMAIL.COM,
SPICER@SPICETRADERS.COM, SPICERBJ@ex.yuma.usmc.mil, WOLFCRY18@HOTMAIL.COM
>Subject: Fwd: FW: Friend Test
>Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 22:32:22 GMT
>Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_a91_1c_4f56"
>X-OriginalArrivalTime: 12 Sep 2000 22:32:22.0625 (UTC)
>>From: Kim Rogers
>>To: 'Dana' firstname.lastname@example.org, 'Deborah' email@example.com,
>>'Jennifer' firstname.lastname@example.org , 'Jennifer Thompson'
>>Jennifer9@skybest.com, 'Joe Savage' email@example.com, 'Kim
>>Connolly' firstname.lastname@example.org, 'Lisha' email@example.com, 'Marie Hilll'
>>Marie.Hill@med.va.gov, 'Rebecca' VBALL10PC@aol.com, 'Sandi Hopkins'
>>firstname.lastname@example.org, 'Shannon Kelly' SKelly@appliedcontrol.com,
>>"'St. John'" , 'Tammi Hamlett'
>>, 'Tracy' , 'Trey'
>>Subject: FW: Friend Test
>>Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 08:07:50 -0400
>>From: Merry Barton [mailto:email@example.com]
>>Sent: Monday, September 11, 2000 8:09 AM
>>To: Staci Lynn; Shannon & Marc Kelly; Sandy & Bob Plance; Phyllis & Cary
>>Lazzo; Oliver Brown; Misty & Todd Massey; Kristen; Kim Rogers; Gerry Diaz;
>>Donald & Anne Barton; Debra Jerideau; Cheryl Marlow; Charlotte Cushman;
>>& Julia Swetnam; Amy Lundin
Yes, 44 lines of unnecessary text that this person could have easily highlighted and deleted before sending the message.