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One of the things I really hate is chain E-Mail. Don’t like it. Not one bit.

So, when I was sent this by a good friend who had also been hoaxed, I was a little bit annoyed… well… more than a little.

The E-Mail included a statement accusing someone (who is more than likely entirely innocent) of being a “hacker”. In the bad sense of the word. Black hat. I have removed the poor fellow’s name and E-Mail address, I imagine the original perpetrators have simply used this E-Mail as a vehicle for bullying him. And I am not going to continue that.

>> THIS IS NO JOKE
>>
>> IF A PERSON CALLED <Name and E-Mail address>
>> CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON’T OPEN THE MESSAGE.
>> DELETE IT BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!
>> TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST
>> ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE
>> OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE
>> TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DONT CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE
>> IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!…

(It went on in this vein for quite a while.)

This particular E-Mail made use of scare-tactics and the claim that:

>> Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
>> And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your
>> name, e-mail and password.
>>
>> This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday
>> afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the
>> anti virus software’s are not capable of destroying it .

It just makes me angry.

In all fairness, the sender wasn’t particularly computer-savvy, so the threat may have seemed real in that respect. However, the use of LOTS OF BLOCK CAPITALS and numerous grammatical errors were a dead give away.

(I was going to put an apostrophe before the “s” in “errors”, but I couldn’t bring myself to. Not even for the sake of humour…)

In response, I wrote a rather ranty reply (whoo, triple alliteration high score!), which I now feel slightly bad about.  They probably didn’t deserve the brunt of my spam-induced wrath. Decide for yourself:

Hi,

Sorry to break it to you, but this is absolute rot. Rubbish, balderdash, baloney. Tripe. Piffle. Numerous other synonyms.

All you have accomplished by sending it on is to perpetuate the original sender’s little chain spam e-mail.

The original E-Mail addresses are quite obviously faked, they are web-based E-Mail accounts easily made to look like official company addresses. I guarantee you, there is absolutely no function in existence that could allow the (wholly fictional) “hacker” mentioned in this E-Mail to perform the tasks “he” is reputed to be doing.

In addition, no legitimate company ever sends this sort of E-Mail. This particular type of chain E-mail hoax makes effective use of the lack of knowledge in non-computer-savvy users who perpetuate the message. The excessive use of block capitals is the first clue. In addition, the instruction to:

“PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And
ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!”

is also absolute rubbish.

You are, in fact, more susceptible to the (currently) non-existant “virus” by sending this E-Mail on, because, in the sending of this E-Mail, you have passed on to me (and everyone else) the E-Mail addresses of everyone in the chain. And your own E-Mail address. And, presumably, mine.

Please, please, please don’t re-send chain E-Mail, especially rubbish ones like this.

-Sam, 12/05/2009 17:19
(Because I care!)

PS: Sorry I’ve subjected you to my little rant, it rather touched a vein. I really do not like spam!

So there you have it. Was it fair? Comment below to break or multiply my guilt!

I’m going to point you in the direction of http://www.breakthechain.org/. They’re making an effort to educate people on the scummy mass of spam and chain, floating on the surface of molten pool of E-Mail. Read it.

Oh, and as an afterthought, this post is very good too.

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