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Very Important - Please read - It could protect your Loved ones
Thanks to Wayne for sending our way!
This is a very important email with instructions at the bottom on how to
protect yourself and your friends. I am just forwarding and please if you
forward this clean the email address from the email.
I'm certain that most of you are aware of this already, but I will pass it
on as a reminder.
Read and heed people - give it a try - not real hard to do......
Notice that this e-mail has no left over addresses or attachments.
Please read this and warn as many of your friends as possible.
Some of you are probably doing this already, but some still have people
sending email's with all of the addresses still showing.
E-mail this to them!
Please Read This All The Way Through
Late one evening, while online, I received an IM (Internet message) from a
gentleman who said he knew me through mutual pals online. We chatted for an
hour or so before deciding to keep in touch, as we had so many things in
Eventually after a week or so of knowing him, I trusted him with my name
(first name) and phone number. After all, he knew my friends and I felt he
must have been okay if they all liked and knew him. He knew a lot about
them; he knew a lot about me, and he knew a lot about a lot! He seemed like
such a nice person, a pleasant person, and someone whom I felt very
comfortable sharing my time online (and on the phone) with.
One night, a friend from our group of friends invited me to a Chat Room
where several of the friends had gathered and were chatting when this
gentleman popped into the Chat Room. He popped in and then left quickly.
Then, for the first time since I met and started chatting with him, I
mentioned him to one of the friends who was in the Chat Room, one whom this
gentleman claimed an association with. She was in total awe, she did not
know who he was! Things were beginning to look really suspicious. The more
she and I chatted, the more suspicious it became. It also became apparent
that this guy knew none of us.
Suddenly, he disappeared off-line for a few days, then one day he pops back
in and sends me an IM saying that we need to talk. He called me at my home
and I was very upset, so I asked him how he really found me and why he had
felt the need to lie in the first place.
***Please pay attention to this:***
He told me that he spotted my screen name on a "Forward" that one of my
friends had sent to someone else. My screen name is what attracted him. He
then used the screen name of others on the list of forwards to acquaint
himself with me and various others from our clique of friends. He also used
the Member Directory (at AOL) to look up info about others on the list of
forwards, so as not to look suspicious. He said he felt it was the only way
he would have the chance to get to know me, and the main attraction to me
was "My Screen name" because he thought it was "sexy". I was upset, needless
to say, as I had trusted this man with my personal info, such as phone
number and name. He also knew where I lived (thanks to the phone bill) and I
was now his prey.
A few days after having last talked to this person and thinking that was the
last of him, I received a phone call at 4:00 AM. It was this man telling me
he was in town to see a friend who lived 20 minutes from my house, and
wanted to know if I would like to meet him for coffee or breakfast. When I
told him it was not such a good idea, he became irate and hung up on me.
I immediately called him back (caller ID) and explained to him that my
husband was back home (trying to scare him) and please not be so mad
(in fear of him and what he might do). Telling him that my husband had
returned and we were reconciling was a lie, and I told him this to make him
think I was not alone.
Imagine the feeling I felt in the pit of my stomach when he came back with
the following response - - "You're a lying bitch, your husband is not there
with you -- you are alone!"
I hung up on him and immediately called the Broward County Sheriff's office
and told them what had happened. They sent an officer over to take a report
and said that was really all they could do for me at that time.> So, I
packed few belongings into my car, and drove to my sister's home for the
Fifteen or twenty minutes after I arrived at her home, I received a phone
call from this man again. He knew that I had called the Sheriff and reported
him; he knew where I was and he knew my sister and her husband's names. This
man had been stalking me for weeks and I had no idea.
I walked, ate, slept and breathed in constant fear until he was finally
arrested for stalking -- Not for stalking me. Nope -- for stalking another
lady who lived in Kendall, Florida.
I wanted to share this with you all.
And yes, it is all true.
Friends, when you forward things and you leave your friends' names out in
plain view like that, you are putting them and yourself in what could be
I hope I have gotten this message across. I have not even begun to mention
his assault (rape, using deadly force) charges the detectives from Broward
County and Kendall, FL uncovered on him while investigating his prior
People, please -- Be safe, be careful and use Blind Carbon Copy
Please Remember: It is Important to remove all personal email addresses when
forwarding items from this, or any other email's. Additionally, it is most
considerate to forward the original e-mail as opposed to all the copies that
develop. (Conrad's editorializing.)
Many of us have a great deal of information in our signature files that
appear at the bottom of many of our messages.
In addition, the blind carbon copy (BCC) option makes the individuals you
send email to unseen by all other recipients.
E-mailers should also cut out ALL email addresses from "Fwd's" when
forwarding the message on.
You may have received unsolicited email's from individuals who have
retrieved your email address via a forwarded message from a group.
IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS,
CHANGE HOW YOU SEND E-MAIL!
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 that received the message before you -- namely their e-mail
addresses. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses
builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some person to get a
virus and his/her computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that
has come across their computer.
Someone can also 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. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel.
How do you stop it?
Well, there are two easy steps:
1) When you forward an email: DELETE all of the other addresses that appear
in the body of the message. Highlight them, right click and click delete;
backspace them - whatever it is you know how to do.
It only takes a second.
2) Whenever you send an e-mail, don't use the "To:" or "CC:" Use only the
"Bcc:" (Blind Carbon Copy) for sending the message.
Click on the little address book beside "To" to "select recipients" but put
the recipients in the "Bcc" box instead of the "To" box. That's it - it's
that easy -
This message should be forwarded (minus my email address) to everyone on
your e-mail list. It should also confirm why & how we should "clean-up" our
e-mails. Even if you are already using BCC, you no doubt have friends who
need this information to understand the importance of using ONLY BCC