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Advice from Snopes.com

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, good luck, 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-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.
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 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!
You may 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! Plus,
we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's don't make it easy for
them!
Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congres s 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
 

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I just sent that to a friend who likes to send me those "cute" chain letters and other junk which I never forward and delete immediately... Thanks for the info!!
 
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