Saturday, September 23, 2006
The Truth About Email Petitions
A word to the wise. I got this in an email, and I thank whomever wrote it!
Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address. Almost all email 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 wants to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was (and all this type of email is) is to get names and "cookie" tracking info for tele-marketers and spammers to validate active email accounts for their own purposes.
Any time you see an email that says forward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck or whatever, has either an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails 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" emails to use in spam emails or sell to others that do.
If you want to forward stuff like this because it's interesting, take off all the "front" info and all the forwards and DON'T add your name to them.
Tell others and you will be providing a good service to your friends and will be rewarded by not getting 30000 spam emails in the future. I always doubted if these email petitions ever accomplished anything. Now I am going to delete all petitions no matter what they promote. If anyone can show me where a petition has ever had any results I will reconsider.
Give everybody a break by not forwarding all those petitions.
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