i have to get better about setting down some email ground rules. one student forwarded this to everyone in our class today...egads! <br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON FORWARDING EMAIL SAFELY<br>True Story:<br><br> Late one evening, while online, I received an IM (Instant message) from a<br>gentleman who said he knew me through mutual pals online.<br> We chatted for an hour or so before deciding to keep in touch, as we had so<br>many things in common. I eventually, after a week or so of knowing him, trusted him with my<br>name (first name) and phone number. After all, he knew my friends and I felt<br>he must have been okay if they all liked him. He knew a lot about them; he knew a lot about me, and he knew a lot about a lot. <br> 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<br>gathered and were chatting when this gentleman popped into the Chat Room.<br> He popped in and then left quickly.Then, for the first time since I met and<br>started chatting with him, I mentioned him to one of the friends who was in<br>the Chat Room, one whom this gentleman claimed an association with.<br> She was in total awe, she did not know who he was! Things were<br>beginning to look really suspicious. The more she and I chatted, the more suspicious it<br>became. It also became apparent that this guy knew none of us. Suddenly, he<br>disappeared offline for a few days, then one day he pops back in and sends me an IM saying that we need to talk.<br> He called me at my home and I was very upset, so I asked him how he really<br>found me and why he picked me.<br> ***This is where you all need to pay attention:***<br> He told me that he spotted my screen name on a "Forward" that one of my friends had sent to some one 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<br> 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.<br> 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.<br> When I told him it was not such a good idea, he became irate and hung up on me.<br>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.<br> 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!"<br> 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.<br> So, I packed few belongings into my car, and drove to my sister's home for the night.<br><br>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. <br> People, let me tell you something, this man had been stalking me for weeks<br>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. No--for stalking another lady who lived in Kendall, Florida.<br> I wanted to share this with you all. And yes, it is all true.<br>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.<br> I hope I have gotten this message across. I have not even begun to<br>mention his assault (rape, using deadly force) charges the detectives from<br>Broward County and Kendall, FL uncovered on him while investigating his prior history.<br><br>People, please-Be safe, be careful and use Blind Carbon Copy (BCC)<br>This is not a joke and not a hoax.<br>Please Remember:<br> It is Important to remove all personal email when forwarding items from<br>this, or any other list to individuals or other discussion groups (unless<br>the message asks readers to contact them via email or phone).<br><br> Remember, a lot of us have a great deal of information in our sig's<br>(signature files) that appear at the bottom of many of our messages.<br><br> In addition, the blind carbon copy (Bcc) option makes the individuals you<br>send email to unseen by all E-Mailers should also cut out email addresses<br>from forwards when forwarding the message on. I know I have received<br>unsolicited emails rom individuals who have gotten my address via a<br>forwarded message from this group. Although more annoying than serious,<br>it could have been worse.<br><br>IT'S TRUE.............. IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS, CHANGE HOW<br>YOU SEND E-MAIL<br>Someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk<br>mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents.<br><br> That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel.<br> How do you stop it?<br> Well, there are two easy steps:<br><br> 1) When you forward an email DELETE all of the other addresses that<br>appear in the body of the message. That's right, delete them. <br> 2) Whenever you send an e-mail, don't use the "To:"or "CC:" columns<br>for adding email addresses.<br> Use the "Bcc" or "Blind Carbon Copy" column for sending the message.<br>This way the people that you send to only see their own email address.<br> <br>If you don't see your "Bcc" option, click on where it says "To:" and<br>your address list will appear. Highlight the address and click "Bcc".<br> When you "select recipients" you can put the recipients in the "Bcc"<br>box instead of the "TO" box. And that's it .<br> This should be forwarded, (minus my email address), to everyone on your e-mail list who does not use "Bcc:"<br> Enjoy the Journey<p><hr></blockquote><p>sKrue, you're in florida...correct? you wouldn't happen to know anything about thi...nah, nevermind. <br><br>
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#133607 - 01/28/0411:30 AMRe: a pitfall to teaching college students
Sounds like a great class!<br><br>Tell me she isn't the one who originated the email?<br><br>It's a very strange story indeed. Only because, IMO, that you'd have to live it to write it like that and she comes across like a girl who got to close to the fire. I'm sure there's a bit of embellishment, but she comes across like a bit of a drama queen, doncha' think?<br><br>
this just happens to be my one undergraduate section and it is the technology class for students who are becoming teachers. i think it is a great class. <br><br>the student who sent the email added a personal note at the top, which is why i knew she sent it to the class. she said she just received it and that she knew to use BCC, but the story seemed scary enough to alert everyone in our class. aauuugh! but, it is clearly an old email from 2000 or so as mentioned in Jonnycat's link.<br><br>
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