Chain mail

Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope

A chain mail may refer to any of the following:

Chain mail1. Alternatively referred to as a chain letter, a chain mail is a forwarded e-mail sent unbeknown to e-mail contacts containing false information or a myth because of sympathy or a scare. Below are two fake examples of common chain mails.

In the first example, this e-mail plays on an individuals sympathy. While the information about the sick or dying individual may or may not be true, there has never been a company or organization that would donate money just for forwarding an e-mail.

In the second example, a common myth or scare is sent out and because it seems significant or frightening, the recipient feels inclined to let all their friends know. A good rule of thumb to follow is if the mail sounds unbelievable, but has never been mention on a reputable news sources, it is not true. Don't forward these e-mails even if it claims its never been mentioned because of a cover-up or conspiracy.

Example one

Dear all,

This e-mail contains information about a sick or dying individual. Please forward this e-mail to as many people as possible. This large company or organization will donate money for each e-mail address that receives this message.

Important person

Example two

Dear all,

Please be aware of a major news story, political event, disaster, disease, miracle, product, or other warning. Please forward this to everyone you know to help them or warn them about the above article.

Example three

Dear all,

<popular or well known company, e.g., Microsoft> is giving away money, having a lottery, sending prizes, etc. to anyone who forwards this e-mail.

Overall, a chain mail is a form of spam and in some cases is used to grab individuals' e-mail addresses for spam. Therefore, as a kindness to all your contacts in e-mail, do not forward these e-mails and instead delete it.

2. When referring to a game or armor, the term chainmail is used to describe armor that is made by connecting a series of small rings together. Chainmail is commonly more protective than ringmail armor.

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