I got this just the other day, and I know it has been around in various emails for some time, but it is amazing to me the number of emails I get from people I know, who should know better that do all the wrong things.
I get the”so called “True” stories, I get the petitions, I get the ones that tell me I will get a surprize after sending the email along, I used to get the one where some charity would send money along to some “worthy” cause for every email address I sent it to. Problem with that one was that the charity in question, usually the Red Cross, collects money for their use, and there is no way they send money out to somebody else because I forward the email. By now you have the idea of what I am talking about.
I know that you as a reader would never do any of the things that some other people do. The kind of things suggested in this advisory for example. But you may know of others that do this kind of thing, and really it is a serious issue, particularly spreading our email address to some spammer bozo, because we thought it would not hurt to do the Right thing! So, as a reminder, I offer a portion of the piece I got, for the moment, and I will blog another portion likely tomorrow.
“By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.Com and/or truthorfiction.Com for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites.
Advice from snopes.Com VERY IMPORTANT!!
1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to ’10’ (or however many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you’ll get bad luck" or "you’ll get good luck" or "you’ll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever — it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of ‘active’ email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other Spammers. Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you’re not ashamed of God/Jesus — that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience. These people don’t care how they get your email addresses – just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" — email tracking. Ignore them and don’t participate!
2) Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and ‘cookie’ tracking information for telemarketers and Spammers — to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.
You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favour by sending this information to them. You will be providing a service to your friends. And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future!
Do yourself a favour and STOP adding your name(S) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don’t! It’s all about getting email addresses and nothing more.
You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT!
Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached! Plus, we are helping the Spammers get rich! Let’s not make it easy for them!
ALSO: Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress of any other organization – I.e. Social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.
Have a Great Day!