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Old 12-15-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hello!
I just got this info in a newletter for Hugs & Hope Group. Thought I would pass it on.

SNOPES ADVICE:

By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes and/or
truthorfiction for determining whether information recieved
via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are
excellent sites.
From the folks that understand best......Read and heed. Use or lose.

Advice from Snopes.com MEMORIZE THIS!
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 ge t lists of 'active' E-Mails addresses 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 Congress or any other
organization.
To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full
address o f the person signing the petition.
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Great info. Thanks for sharing it.
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This is FALSE. You should always check to see what Snopes has to say for yourself.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/false.asp
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This is FALSE. You should always check to see what Snopes has to say for yourself.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/false.asp

This is too funny! How deliciously ironic
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This is FALSE. You should always check to see what Snopes has to say for yourself.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/false.asp
I was skeptical myself, since this sounded vaguely familiar and false info has been attributed to Snopes before, but didn't have a chance to check the site to see whether this was real. Thanks for setting us all straight!
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The e-mails that you forward may not have a tracker program attached, but take a look at the "from" field the next time you get one. 9 times out of 10, it lists the e-mail addresses of every person the email was forwarded to; oftentimes, in the body of the email you can see the addresses of each group it was forwarded to along the way. Those addresses can be snagged and used for unscrupulous purposes.

If you really MUST forward these things (and I really wish people would stop sending them to me), please be polite and strip out all the extra info from the people it's been forwarded to along the way. These things are just as annoying as chain letters back in the day, and I don't care if forwarding it to 10 people immediately will bring me good luck, that it "proves" how many people love me, yada yada yada. It's just clogging up my inbox and it takes me time to get rid of them.
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Well pooh, I was really hoping this was true. I was ready to send it to all of my "friends" who send me such junk. I totally agree with cbet. I just might send this to them anyway, I doubt they would check the validity, lol. Oh well, I guess I am doomed to junk email just like all of the junk snail mail I get.
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Well pooh, I was really hoping this was true. I was ready to send it to all of my "friends" who send me such junk. I totally agree with cbet. I just might send this to them anyway, I doubt they would check the validity, lol. Oh well, I guess I am doomed to junk email just like all of the junk snail mail I get.
Sigh, we're all probably doomed. I feel the same way. It just astounds me how otherwise intelligent people forward on obviously (to me) false information without bothering to check. I have plenty of faults of my own, so I don't hold it against them, though.

I actually like the funny "junk" as well as the sentimental stories I know aren't true in detail but are true in spirit (I have a graduate degree in Literature, so I do love stories, LOL!)...until you get to the part about "you'll have bad luck unless you forward this to 20 friends in the next five minutes" part, or worse, the guilt-trip religious ones. I'm faithful and deeply resent any attempt at religious manipulation. I delete those ASAP!
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I work in the IT department of a large school district and I can tell you right now, any email that prompts you to send to all of your friends, or everyone you know is suspect, no matter how virtuous the cause. What it constitutes is an email sending that grows exponentially and can bog down the system. As suggested by others in the thread, always check out these email claims yourself. It's easy to do at snopes.com or truthorfiction.com and can save your email system a lot of nuisance stress.

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I had to laugh, because one of the spam emails I got today was from a bank - or I was meant to think it was. But this is what it said -
We hope by now you would have received a message from our desk concerning the recent increase in fradulent messages been sent to your e mail addresses.the bank is using this medium to remind you of not filling any form online.
Security measures are been taking by the bank in order to keep you safe from this act.
By so doing we hereby implore you to click on the secure page below,we will send you your new information three(3)days after you have submitted your details

So after I am meant to have been warned by a phonecall from their desk??? not to fill in any online forms I am then meant to click on the link and fill in a form online.
I think not, even if it had been from a bank I have an account with.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:25 AM   #11
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This is FALSE. You should always check to see what Snopes has to say for yourself.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/false.asp
Thank you. I got this from a very reputable newletter from a charity organization. They must have been misinformed so I did let them know about this.
Thank you
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I had to laugh, because one of the spam emails I got today was from a bank - or I was meant to think it was. But this is what it said -
We hope by now you would have received a message from our desk concerning the recent increase in fradulent messages been sent to your e mail addresses.the bank is using this medium to remind you of not filling any form online.
Security measures are been taking by the bank in order to keep you safe from this act.
By so doing we hereby implore you to click on the secure page below,we will send you your new information three(3)days after you have submitted your details

So after I am meant to have been warned by a phonecall from their desk??? not to fill in any online forms I am then meant to click on the link and fill in a form online.
I think not, even if it had been from a bank I have an account with.
I love these - you know, with the proper grammar and english usage and all. Because I have NEVER gotten any bit of paperwork from my actual bank where they "hereby implore"d me to do anything. Frankly, I don't respond well to implorement
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I love these - you know, with the proper grammar and english usage and all. Because I have NEVER gotten any bit of paperwork from my actual bank where they "hereby implore"d me to do anything. Frankly, I don't respond well to implorement

I bet if we implored you to buy more stamps you'd respond well! (ROFL) I know I would!
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I hate forwarded email and won't open them. They clog my mailbox full of unwanted crap. Not to mention I don't want my email being passed on.

How do you tackfully tell a family member (daughter in law) to stop sending me the stuff? I have never responded back to any of the silly chain letter ones.
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I hate forwarded email and won't open them. They clog my mailbox full of unwanted crap. Not to mention I don't want my email being passed on.

How do you tackfully tell a family member (daughter in law) to stop sending me the stuff? I have never responded back to any of the silly chain letter ones.
There's no way to tactfully tell anyone who really likes sending these types of messages to stop. They're clueless. I had to tell my cousin fairly bluntly that I didn't want to get any more of that junk, and that I'd be glad to stay in touch but he needed to start sending me REAL messages instead of stupid forwards and he quit forwarding the spam.
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I did look at the listing on Snopes--and all they deny is that they sent out the information in the first place.

The advice in that article is sound. Forwarding something 10 times doesn't bring good/bad luck, or make anything special dance across your screen. Internet petitions are no more than a waste of time as they don't contain a signature. And yes, e-mails like the 'forward to all of your friends' or 'add your name' lists are used by spammers to gather e-mails and names.

So what if it didn't come from Snopes? The information given is valid.
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I did look at the listing on Snopes--and all they deny is that they sent out the information in the first place.

The advice in that article is sound. Forwarding something 10 times doesn't bring good/bad luck, or make anything special dance across your screen. Internet petitions are no more than a waste of time as they don't contain a signature. And yes, e-mails like the 'forward to all of your friends' or 'add your name' lists are used by spammers to gather e-mails and names.

So what if it didn't come from Snopes? The information given is valid.

According to Snopes, email tracking programs don't exist (scroll down to the origins section). There are programs that tell you if someone opened your email, but not ones that can track who you forwarded to.

I just wish people would stop forwarding junk to me! And if they feel they must, please delete the prior headers. I don't want to know where else they came from.
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