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Do You Still Receive Chain Email Forwards?

There was a time in my life where I really wanted to help that terminally ill child whose family was reaching out to me vial email forward, or grew seriously concerned about the risks of my deodorant giving me cancer. I call that time 1999, when chain email forwards were coming at me in all directions, namely from my friends, who also sent me email questionnaires about different aspects of their life, which were interesting the first 50 times I received them.

Now, my friends have realized how annoying and scam-worthy these forwards all were (though the questionnaire people moved on to MySpace bulletins). But that doesn't put me in the clear; it seems as some of my (let's say, older) relatives have finally "figured out" email, a certain email forwarding abuse has come with this newfound skill. So, I sort through them, scanning for anything new under the forward sun. Occasionally, if it's someone who won't be offended, I'll reply with the Snopes article disproving the forward they just sent. Hey, they have to learn too.

So tell me — are you still getting email forwards?


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SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
The filters still miss a few, but not many. Just an FYI. If you ever get a coupon from Starbucks, it's a fake. They NEVER send out e-mail coupons.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I still get forwards ALL the time... its annoying though sometimes there is a rare gem I haven't seen in a while - so I'll read it and reminisce lol
hil34 hil34 9 years
Some of my former camp friends still do. Also, on my facebook i also get those weird stories that people post on your wall like, find out your crush's name! and total junk like that
madetoheal madetoheal 9 years
My grandma sends fwds fairly often. I read the funny ones and delete the stupid/scammy/whatever ones. I don't have the heart to tell her how annoying they can be, and she sends them to an email address I almost never use, so it's okay. Of course, one of my nerdy friends still sends me stupid ones too. I just delete all of hers unread, cos she should know better. (She sends them to the same never-used email address, so I only check it when I have time to deal with this crap haha.)
Bebett Bebett 9 years
How does one nicely and politely tell someone to not please send chain e-mail forwards? There is this one friend who sends a lot of them to me to the point where I have my system bounce them now. I have sent a few references to Snopes but I still get these e-mail forwards. I don't want to hurt her feelings, though. Because, as one e-mail forward stated, we should also think of it as a way for people to connect with us.
xojennifer xojennifer 9 years
haha, I barely get them anymore (thank god.) The only exceptions are my aunts and my friend, who only sends the "inspirational" ones. Inspirational or not, I never open them.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I get them sometimes, mostly from my mother but occasionally from someone else. I always respond with links to Snopes. com too! :rotfl:
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 9 years
Sometimes. Most of them from spammers. I have a friend who used to forward chain mails and jokes to me, but I quickly fixed him from that habit.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
My step-mother-in-law sends them constantly.
VeganDragan VeganDragan 9 years
Am I the only one that feels kinda embarrassed on behalf of the family/friend that sends these ridiculous things!? I usually try to send a gently worded rebuff and the snopes facts, but it really makes me wonder... how can these seemingly intelligent people suddenly become so dumb in the face of electronic mail?!? Sigh...
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
Yes and they really get on my nerves! Ugh pesky chain emails.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 9 years
My grandmother basically has email to send forwards that she thinks are hilarious or amazing, but I think I basically have her understanding I just don't want them in my inbox. Everyone else still gets them though, haha!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
my friends are smart enough to know better. my family on the other hand...
kittennoir0 kittennoir0 9 years
The forwards have pretty much tapered off for me, but on occasion, I've had to send Snopes articles to my grandmother in response to her forwards.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Sometimes. Every time I get one (from someone I know, not spammers -- replying to spammers just confirms that your email is real) I reply to the sender, politely but firmly asking them never to send me another. The new problem is Facebook apps.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
I have one friend who still sends them out but I stopped forwarding chain emails forwards years ago.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
despite threatening them with death, i have a few peeps who still send me fwds. i sent them one warning message and then i block them forever.
TheBaroness1984 TheBaroness1984 9 years
My Mom sends them to me. Isn't that cute!!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
My Aunt just discovered the internet maybe a year and a half ago, so that is pretty much all she sends. It's funny to see that the items I sent out in 95 are still going around.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
yes a few of my friends still send them but I don't send them out
oneprettything oneprettything 9 years
I get them DAILY from my older relatives. It drives me up a wall.
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
Yeah. My mom is ridiculous about sending them. I usually don't even read them. Just press the delete button. Ooops. Sorry mom. ;) haha
CrackBerry CrackBerry 9 years
Unfortunately, yes. My friends have even taken it to the point where they send chain texts. It drives me nuts.
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
I still get them, but usually i just delete it when i see FWD or when i see who its from as its usually the same people who send them everytime.
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