You should be careful about sending/forwarding ANY e-mail that says to pass it on, or that asks you to sign a petition. These marketers are so slick that they appeal to our patriotism, our desire for friends, and our religious beliefs. Maybe we can eliminate all the stuff that slows down our computers if we quit sending it to each other, no matter how cute it is or how guilty not sending it makes us feel.
The following is good information.
The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some.
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By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with www.snopes.com and/or www.truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via e-mail is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites.
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 e-mails that demand you send the e-mail on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus .....that's e-mail tracking and they're playing on your conscience. These people don't care how they get your e-mail addresses - just as long as they get them. Also, e-mails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease - "how would you feel if that was your child"....odds are it's 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 Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most cards. All it was, and any other similar type of e-mail, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers, in order 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 all of them, and you will all 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 of how inviting they might sound, or make you feel guilty if you don't. It's all about getting e-mail 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, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!
Also: e-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization - i.e. Social Security, etc.
To be acceptable, petitions must have actual signed signatures and the full addresses of each person signing the petition. It's a waste of time if you type your name onto a list in an e-mail petition. You're just helping the e-mail trackers. So please heed these tips, for your own good, and for your computer's sake!