Thursday, November 16, 2006

Email conversation

Wherein this is true


Email 1
From: Employee1
To: Employee2, Employee3
Subject: FW: Target Stores

Think there’s any truth to this story?

note: Appended is the chain letter about how Target hates veterans and is owned by the French. Also included are all the headers from all the times the email was forwarded. I hate that.

Email 2
From: Employee2
To: Employee1, Employee3
Subject: FW: Target Stores

Should send to Bill, he will definitely reply with an email either disputing or agreeing writer of the below email….That is a trip though?

note: Employee 2 had forwarded a few such emails until I told her to stop wasting my time with bullshit chain mail. Don't know if she stopped entirely, but she at least stopped sending them to me.

Email 3
From: Employee1
To: Employee2, Employee3, Bill Quoted
Subject: FW: Target Stores

I will….here goes Bill…[stupid smiley faces inserted here]

Email 4
From: Bill Quoted
To: Employee1, Employee2, Employee3,
Subject: FW: Target Stores

Employee2 knows how much I love to send out cranky emails. Thanks!

Not only is it BS, it's old BS. And it's in Comic Sans font -- the font for people who should never be given anything sharper than a dull crayon. Please resend this to whomever sent it to you. With the internet and google, there is no reason to keep spreading such misinformation.

See http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/target.asp
And http://www.vfw.org/news/target.htm
Status:

The Target Corporation does not contribute to veterans' causes: False.
The Target Corporation is French-owned: False.
The Target Corporation provides corporate grants only for 'gay and lesbian causes': False.
The Target Corporation does not contribute to the U.S. Marines 'Toys for Tots' program: False.
The Target Corporation does not allow reservists called to active duty to continue their health benefits: False.
The Target Corporation does not allow Salvation Army bellringers to solicit contributions in front of its stores: True.

Here's the part where Bill pastes his generic form letter:

Chain Letters
Today, with the click of a button, a message can be forwarded to hundreds of people at no apparent cost to the sender. If each of the so-called good Samaritans sends the letter on to only ten other people (most send to huge mailing lists), the ninth resending results in a billion e-mail messages, thereby, clogging the network and interfering with the receiving of legitimate e-mail messages. Factor in the time lost reading and deleting all these messages and you see a real cost to organizations and individuals from these seemingly innocuous messages.

Computer Virus Hoaxes
Users are requested to please not spread chain letters and hoaxes by sending copies to everyone you know. Sending a copy of a cute message to one or two friends is not a problem but sending an unconfirmed warning or plea to everyone you know with the request that they also send it to everyone they know simply adds to the clutter already filling our mailboxes. If you receive any of this kind of mail, please don't pass it to everyone you know, either delete it or pass it to your computer security manager to validate. Validated warnings from the incident response teams and antivirus vendors have valid return addresses and are usually PGP signed with the organization's key. Alternately, you can and should get the warnings directly from the web pages of the organizations that put them out to insure that the information you have is valid and up-to-date.

Resources
  • when in doubt, google.com
  • http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/threatexplorer/risks/hoaxes.jsp
  • http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/HBChainLetters.shtml
  • http://snopes.com/
  • http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blxnew.htm
  • http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp

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