This may be why
I knew this but never thought to post it figuring everyone else knew it to. Someone sent it to me in an email today and the lightbulb came on!
Being a marketer I knew I could have had my way with every email address that people forwarded to me. I even had software to extract them!
But didn’t…… Just couldn’t bring myself to do it….. I would have even been nice and sent an optin request and never sent another thing if they didn’t opt in ….. but I didn’t!
Must be the Vermonter in me…….
I could not believe the people that were puttting their friends and families email addresses out for the scum of the earth to take advantage of. I used to reply with a warning but few took heed. Now I am Just letting you all know it can and is done every day.
The best way to protect everyone (you never know what could be in these "forward" emails anyway!) is to copy and paste (without formating) to a new email. This will stop the email address collection cycle most of the time.
1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to ’10′ of your friends sign this petition, or you’ll get bad luck, or whatever, it has either an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward. 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 others that do.
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 purposes.
You can do your friends and family members a favor 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 type listings regardless how inviting they might sound! You 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 in life!
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 "