|From Snopes.com |
|If you are going to pass something along?, Let it be THIS!|
To whom it all concerns:
Just a word to the wise.
E-MAIL PETITIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE TO CONGRESS OR ANY OTHER MUNICIPALITY
To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address. Same with "prayer chains" -- be wary.
Almost all e-mails 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 this type of e-mail is, is to get names and "cookie" (tracking info) for telemarketers and spammers to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes.
Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or what ever, it has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of those folks you forward to, or the host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of "active" e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others that do.
ALWAYS TAKE A SECOND TO REMOVE THE ADDRESS AND INFORMATION OF THE PERSON WHO SENT YOU THE EMAIL BEFORE YOU FORWARD / SEND ANYTHING..... AND USE BLIND CARBON COPY (BCC) WHEN SENDING EMAIL.
It will protect you and your friends. Everyone gets the SAME email who is in the BCC field. However, they do not know who ELSE is on the BCC list. If you do NOT know how to send something BCC, use the HELP key on the top of your screen. It just takes a few seconds to enable the BCC. If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much spam!