How to deal with those annoying Chain Mails

As a computer and internet users, I bet all of us here are aware of chain mails that is usually receive through emails and account such as Friendster, Myspace and Facebook. Email undoubtedly become an indispensable medium of communication here and around the world. And turn out to be the most effective communication in internet. I come across some emails which are forwarded without any second thought. These mails won’t have a logical backing, nor any material evidence or accountability. Someone says something; people believe it and forward it. Though superstition may seem a little strong word for this scenario, should I call it email superstition?

I have several in my inbox, which was passed to me by friends and colleagues. I wonder if those who passed those mails really believe in luck and curse that comes along with these mails.

Chain mails already exist during my elementary days. According to wikipedia.org, the term “chain letter” is defined as a message that attempts to induce the recipient to make a number of copies of the letter and then pass them on to as many recipients as possible. Now that technology is all over the place. Funny that the old fashioned chain letter evolves with technology too. Modern day chain letters come in the form of emails that try to induce the reader to forward a copy to a given number of friends; the most common number requested seems to be between 5-25.

Chain mails just keep on multiplying. Whatever the reason behind these chain email, they all seem to have one thing in common: They attempt to play on a person’s emotions in order to trick them into continuing the chain. They might play on superstitions by claiming bad luck for not sending it on. They could attempt to manipulate a person’s sense of compassion by claiming the purpose of the letter is to help a sick child. They can even exploit the reader’s greed by promising some sort of financial reward in return for propagating the letter.

Ultimately, it seems that good old-fashioned common sense is the best way to deal with these types of letters. Never give your user name to anyone, ever. Never click on a link in an email if you don’t know what it is or who it’s from. Remember, if it looks too good to be true then it almost certainly is.