Monday, November 24, 2008

Chain mail

Eva received a chain email from Svetlana.


Eva: That email, about adding your name and passing it on, was from you, right?

Svetlana: Well, it was for a children’s science fair.

Eva: You know, don’t you, what those chain emails are for, don’t you?

Svetlana: Well, for spreading the word about a cause, umm, helping people social network?

Eva: I can’t believe it. You know, they’re to collect email addresses for spammers. You just don’t pass them on. Not if you want to leak your friends’ email addresses to spammers.

Svetlana: It was from a friend, I just thought…

Eva: Of course it was from a friend. Where have you been all these years?



Chain letters, passed by hand in the playground, were innocuous enough. Some of the goblins lurking in potholes on the digital road, are just waiting for you miss your step. Steer clear.


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