Why I wince every time I see a ‘Forwarded as received’, and you should too.
Every day I receive at least one message that says ‘forwarded as received’. Every time I see it, I wince.
Do people really think by adding this disclaimer, their responsibility is over? Do they even realise what they are doing by ‘forwarding as received’ without verifying it’s authenticity? Let me tell you what they are doing:
- They are forwarding a malware.
- They have doubled the risk of Phishing (in short, the risk that your money can be stolen).
- They have put someone else on that risk.
- They have projected that they are not a credible person. (No, I’m not saying they are incredible. That would be a good thing. I’m saying they have shown they are un-credible. We can’t trust them to do what is right.)
- They have rubbed someone’s raw wound (Here’s the story of why I am vehemently opposing ‘Forwarded as received’. It is about the time when I called someone in response to a ‘blood needed’ post. I promise you, it will give you goosebumps and shake you up.)
Perhaps it’s time that we stop forwarding ‘as received’ and discourage others to share such forwards that are not verified.
If you think I make sense, please share this. Let’s reduce the menace of FWDasReceived. It’s TimeToSayStop.
Edit: A lot of people have asked me how to check if a post is authentic or not. There are two ways to do this:
1. Check it on check4spam.com While they may not know all the spams, they are doing a good job and if you submit a new query, they even verify it and get back.
2. If you are forwarding a post about a job/ child lost/ blood needed or something similar, forward only if the person who originated the message is known to you and that too after verifying with them about the authenticity. Don’t forward a forwarded message even if you know and trust the person who sent it to you. It is not enough since they could be as gullible as you were before you read this post. In that case, write back to them and share the link to this article http://wp.me/p80yHl-7E . Let’s educate as many people as we can and hope that we can stop the menace that is ‘Forwarded as received’.