If I forward this e-mail to 10 people, will I win $1,000?
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) - 5/6/11 2:40 PM
Member Jaye asked, how true are these?
1) Any time you see an e-mail 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 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-mail addresses to use in spam e-mails or sell to other spammers. Even when you get e-mails that demand you send the e-mail 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 e-mail addresses--just as long as they get them. Also, e-mails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease, "how would you feel if that was your child"--e-mail tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!
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 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 e-mails in the future!
Do yourself a favor 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 e-mail 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: E-mail 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 e-mail trackers."
--Submitted by: Jaye B.
Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.
Usually not for tracking --Submitted by: MightyDrakeC
Both of them could be true --Submitted by: darrenforster99
Don't just delete! Be proactive fighting spam & fraud! --Submitted by: lodave
Chain letters and electronic petitions --Submitted by: Alain Martel1
Chain letters --Submitted by: paul_saute
Thanks to all who contributed!
If you have any additional advice for this member or just want to share with some of us the dos and don'ts about using e-mail, post them in this thread. I'm sure it would be helpful to many.