This came to me today via an email from a friend who is (or was ~ we'll see if it sticks) a chronic FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD:
freak. I don't know how many of y'all (if any) fall into stuff like this...But I've been railing against this kind of SPAM for years...Read on!
Here is a nice little tidbit of information that came my way this morning. So if any of you are wondering why I didn't /don't return something to you that said something like 'if I don't get this back I'll..." or 'See how many flowers you can get back'... or 'Forward this to 10 people in the next 5 mins. or something bad will happen to you', etc. Same thing goes for promises that great things will happen if you forward.
The following is why I won' t be participating. ..
Advice from Snopes.com
1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, or sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails 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' E-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.
2) 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 any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and 'cookie ' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.
You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor (PLEASE) by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!
If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!
Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless of how inviting they might sound! You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!
Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.
Read the full story here: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp