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E-mail chain letters, watch it

By Timothy G. Sikes | | September 5, 2002

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According to an e-mail recently circulated on base, Microsoft Corporation is giving money to anyone who forwards a particular e-mail. According to the e-mail, Microsoft is testing an e-mail tracking system, and anyone who forwards the e-mail will receive money for doing so. If you believe that, I have some prime beachfront property in Nevada to sell you! The only problem is you will have to wait for California to fall in the Pacific Ocean. According to some, it won't be long of a wait. So, I'm taking bids. Seriously folks, this is simply a hoax circulated as an e-mail chain letter. I believe this particular one has been around for almost as long as Windows, the World Wide Web and e-mail. It is simple NOT TRUE. Some of you better take that car back to the dealership because you will NOT be getting a check from Microsoft! Regardless of the content, it is against Marine Corps and Marine Corps Logistics Bases policy to participate in the creation or forwarding of e-mail chain letters. MarCorLogBases Policy 2-02 defines e-mail chain letters as(1) Those which promise/threaten good/bad luck.(2) Illegal pyramid-scheme letters that promise to make you lots of money.(3) Hoaxes/urban legends. (4) Any e-mail that is unrelated to the mission of the Command and has been forwarded at least three times (e.g., an e-mail that tells a joke).(5) E-mails that solicit and/or encourage the widespread dissemination of the e-mail to others for no official purpose. Given our limited network infrastructure and the Global Address List, it is very easy for individuals to forward e-mail chain letters to literally thousands of individuals with a few clicks of their mouse. An outbreak of e-mail chain letters, where numerous individuals are all vying to receive their $10,000 check from Microsoft, can easily overload Marine Corps Enterprise Network exchange servers and communication circuits. So, if you receive an e-mail chain letter, notify your ISC [information systems coordinator] or the Help Desk immediately by phone or separate e-mail. DO NOT forward or reply to the chain mail. Some e-mail chain letters have automatic forwarding scripts embedded in them that will automatically try to send it to thousands of GAL recipients unbeknownst to you. If you have any questions or comments concerning e-mail chain letters or Information Assurance, please give me a call at 639-7133 or e-mail me at sikestg@matcom.usmc.mil.
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