Tuesday, September 02, 2003

If you send a chain email, you may be perpetuating SPAM

CNN Tech has an interesting report on chain email. If you have fallen into the trap of forwarding a cute or interesting chain email, you may be unknowingly helping spammers to gather email addresses.

While not as autonomous in it's information gathering as "spiders" which cruise through the information superhighway in search of email addresses, some spammers employ more low-tech ways of collect e-mail usernames - the naivte of unsuspecting newbies on the internet.

"Chain letters are the ideal place to collect addresses. I've seen several hundred on one e-mail. The list went on for pages," said Bill Orvis, who maintains the U.S. Department of Energy's hoax advisory Web site.

So think twice before you forward on that chain letter.


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