7 Tips to avoid being an email spammer...

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Real Estate Agent with Aloha Realty Group

We all get them.  Some are funny.  Some are cute.  Some share knowledge that "will save you".  They are often sent by someone you know and trust.  Most are not hazardous to your health or your computer... but some are.

As a professional it is critical that you are able to tell what is truth and what isn't.   Sending one bad but well-intended  "spam" mail may lose you client trust which is a business killer!

Here are some tips I use:

1.  If the email says "Send this to x friends", most likely it is SPAM.  Some are questionnaires designed to build information about "friends".  With technology for processing mail, it could also be used to build profiles to target you!  I will NEVER forward these.

2. If the email is about a sick child or includes a poem from someone dying, I try to verify the authenticity.   With any poem or song, to forward means you may be breaking copyright laws.  Many times the piece is copyrighted and someone added a "SAD story" around it.  See my personal blog for a great example!

3. My basic policy is that if it doesn't have information relevant to the real estate business, I do not forward to clients or prospects.  They expect me to be a professional.

4. Credibility is important even amongst friends.  Do not send large files if at all possible.  Most fun video clips and photos are already on the web somewhere.  Use google to find a link instead of forwarding a huge mail! And if it is giving advice -- verify that it is not a hoax.

5. Verify credibility of anything you forward.  Some good sites to check for hoaxes and urban myths are:
   http://www.snopes.com/
   http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/
   http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

6.  CRITICAL:  If someone sends you a notice to protect you from computer viruses, there is much better chance that it will hurt you than prevent the virus! Let the news media and virus experts spread the word.  Virus companies like Symantec and AVG will NEVER tell you to spread the word! 

7.  Make sure you have good virus protection software and anti-spyware software on your system.  I use AVG which is free! See http://free.grisoft.com/

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