Passing on FYI, your use or to pass on to anyone you know !!!
from a good friend Mary,
This is why I dont sent anyones emails on, with forwards etc. I
protect my friends and acquaintances. Thanks and GBU.
Hi Everyone, this was sent to me today and it is what I have been trying to tell some of you this past couple of weeks , and the possible results of ignoring the information.
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 a an hour or so before deciding to keep in touch, as we had so many things in common. I eventually, after a week or so of knowing him, 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 I became. It also became apparent that this guy knew none of us. Suddenly he disappeared offline for a few days, then one day he popped 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.
This is where you all need to pay attention:
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 , or some telephone directories which will provide a name if you give them the number) 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 4:00am. It was this man telling me he was in town to see a friend who lived 20 minutes form my house, and wanted to know if I would like to meet him for a 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 and (in fear of him and what he might do). Telling him that my husband had returned and we were reconciling (was a lie but 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 *$%#, your husband is not there with 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 report and said that was really all they could do for me at that
time. So, I packed a few belongings into my car, and drove to my sister’s home for the night. 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! People, let me tell you something, this man has 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 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 grave danger. I hope I have gotten this message across; as I have not even begun to mention his assault (rape, using deadly force) charges the detectives from Broward County and Kendall,Fla uncovered on him while investigating his prior history! People please be safe, be careful and Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) your forwards! This is not a joke, not a hoax! Please remember: It is important to remove all personal email when forwarding items from this , or any other list to individuals or other discussion groups (unless the message asks readers to contact them via email or phone). Remember, a lot of us have a great deal of information in our sig's (signature files that appear at the bottom of many of our messages). In addition E-Mailers should also cut out email addresses from forwards when forwarding the message on. I know I have received unsolicited emails from individuals who have gotten my address via a forwarded message from this group. Although more annoying than serious, it could have been worse. It's true! If you care about your friends, change how you send e-mail! This is a true concern of some people! Pay attention, read to the end. Many times friends on e-mail ask me about me using the BCC addressing on e-mails and commenting about my e-mails not having long lists of other e-mail addresses where the e-mail had been sent prior to me receiving it. Please read all of this and you will understand why I do the things the way I do. Also this is not a fake or ridiculous idea from a crank. Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate, every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people that got the message before you - namely their e-mail addresses. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus and his computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all 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:
When you forward an email DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message. That's right, delete them. Highlight them and delete them, what ever it is you know how to do even if it is to backspace them. It only takes a second. Whenever you send an e-mail, don't use the 'To' or 'CC' columns for adding email addys , use the "BCC" or Blind Carbon Copy column for sending the message. This way the people that you send to only see their own addy . If you don't see your BCC option, click on where it says "to" and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and click "BCC" . For those of you who MUST have a 'To' then imput your own email addy as this will be deleted by the person who receives it before sending it onward. And that's it - it's just that easy!!! This should be forwarded (MINUS MY E-MAIL ADDRESS) to everyone on your e-mail list who does not use "BCC" and this should also confirm why you should "clean up" your e-mails before forwarding.