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 This information comes from a computer tech who spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listening to complaints about speed.  All email forwards are not bad, but some ARE!  Be sure you read the very last paragraph.  

Everyone is likely familiar with snopes.comand/or truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via email is just that:  true/false or fact/fiction.  Both are excellent sites.

 

 Advice from snopes.com   VERY IMPORTANT!!

1) Any time you see an email 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 email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails 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' email addresses to use in SPAM emails 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 is email tracking, and they are 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" --- email tracking.  Ignore them and don't participate!

2) Almost all emails 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 theGuinness Book of Records for the most cards.  All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers -- to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.

 

 

You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sharing this information with them.  You will be providing a service to your friends.  And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails 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 email 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:  Email 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 email trackers.

 

Recommendation:

Have you ever received an email showing many names (including their email addresses)?  Or have you ever received one that has an endless list of forwardings -- also including both names and email addresses?

Needless to say, it takes some time to delete unneeded info but taking that time is both courteous and appropriate for both you and your addressees.  Delete any unnecessary names and addresses from any email that you either originate or "forward."  Also, when sending email, place the addresses in the "bcc:" area instead of the "To:" area -- these emails are then sent as "blind copies" and recipients will then see only their name on the email.

Some folks have even added something similar to the following as info on every email.  This can be set up to be automatically added to each of your emails without having to type it in each time you send email.

Sample:

 "NOTE:  As a courtesy and good security policy, when forwarding emails please always remove my name and email address as well as any other names/addresses that may appear.  Thanks!"

 

Sept 7, 2010