Very good article. Did you know that 85% of all email circulating the globe is spam. I hope the information in the following article reduces that significantly.
Here is something everyone should read and act accordingly. If you don't, you're hurting yourself and your email buddies. Please read right to the bottom.
By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with www.snopes.com and/or www.truthorfiction.com for
determining whether information received via email is just that:
true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent
Advice from Snopes.com Very important!
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, good luck, 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 emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus ....that's E-mail tracking and they're 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"....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
You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this very email 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 how inviting they might sound!...or make you feel guilty if you don't!...it's all about getting email addresses - 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, you are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!
Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to White House, Congress or 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're just helping the Email trackers.
AND MOST IMPORTANT:... don't forget... delete other people's e-mail addresses on your e-mails and when forwarding/sending use BCC: You'll notice that the only name up top is yours and mine.