JUST What I need ONE MORE thing in my In-Box

Email ClipWe all get spam or emails from companies we have never heard of and have no interest in doing business with.  Even though most of these emails are supposed to be “Permission Based,” which means you have given permission for them to send you emails.  Sometimes we give permission without realizing we have or we have given permission and once we see the offers/messages we do not find them interesting.

Help Yourself

You can help yourself first off by paging to the bottom of the message and click on the UNSUBSCRIBE button.  And theoretically, the list deletes your name and the next email that gets sent you wont receive.  But you must be the one to unsubscribe and click that link.

“Special” Email Address

I mentioned in a  couple posts before this,  that it may be helpful to create a separate email account for Offers, Coupons, Etc.  Gmail accounts are free.  You can check that separate account only when you have time, or in the mood.

Not All Newsletters and Notifications are Created Equal

An important newsletter or notification that is especially valuable is one that your town or city puts out. Most Towns and Cities now have Facebook pages too.  The City of Bangor Public Works Department has their own notifications for construction, parking bans, leaf pickup, holiday trash collection schedule.  It is a great help to have that accessible. Then I don’t have to go look for it, because chances are I won’t and I will miss something important.  Every town/city is different, but most often you can go to the home page of the website and sign up there, make sure you follow the instructions.

If you don’t see anything on the website, take a moment call the office and ask or send your local Councilor or Selectman an email requesting this.  From their point of view, it saves phone calls answering the same questions and from your point of view, you get the help you need, when you need it.

Email Scams, Urban Legends, etc.

How many of you have friends or relatives that constantly “forward” the latest and greatest news that they got forwarded to them, PLEASE READ, FIREFIGHTER NEEDS HELP, the lists go on. I have an “all time favorite” cousin that sends me this stuff and it drives me crazy! I love her, I want to stay in touch with her, but I don’t want all this stuff stinking up my in-box that almost every time turns into being untrue. But how do you know?

For an example: She sent me this email about the Swiffer Wet Jet being poisonous to dogs and causing liver failure. Given the fact that Eukanuba had a massive recall in March of 2007 because of some ingredient from China that was causing liver failure, this concerned me. I am dog lover and dog owner. (here is a link to that story).

I definitely was going to read that email she sent me. I went to my cupboard and looked at the labels and because I am no chemistry whiz I didnt know what to think.

So how do you know if these emails are urban legend or as some of the guys in my office call it “FACT or CRAP?

Here is a link to a source that can explain why this happens and why people spread these rumors, of course my first reaction is “GET A LIFE!”

And here is a web source called Snopes that allows you to check out the story yourself. Snopes is interesting because the format is such that you can see the year of origin these rumors start, a quick synopsis of what it is, as well as often they cite verbatim the text in the email you received. AND most importantly, there is a line right up front indicating TRUE or FALSE. In my cousin’s email it indicated that this rumor was verified by snopes so at first I thought – “Oh, oh…” then once I logged into snopes.com myself, I learned it was a hoax all along. Not even to mention that I received this email in December of 2008 and the origin was 2004! If it were true wouldn’t we have heard about a recall by now? I feel bad for the Swiffer Wet Jet people, how many people have stopped buying a product because of something they received on the internet?

Snopes has all kinds of content on it, Political, Fauxtography and many more. You can even subscribe to updates if you want to know what is being posted. I am not willing to say Snopes is 100% accurate, because I don’t know that it is, but it is an easy to use tool that provides evidence to back up its claims which is a lot better than I can say for these emails people send me that create fear and uncertainty. Happy Snoping… you wont be sorry!