Friday, February 27, 2009

The Source of a Lot of Spam

Wondering why you've been getting so much spam and possibly persistant  problems with viruses lately? This and Facebook may be one reason why. The less personal information you have on the web the better. The other day when some guy 6000miles away in Mumbai or wherever literally took over my computer to fix a problem it was a bit of an eye opener on how fragile the security of  our personal information and data  really are now that  identity theft and fraud from faraway places like Russia and Africa are running rampant.  Who knows, even this message may have one of those tracking cookies, but this is the last one, promise.

 

 

 

Subject: Fw: Advice from Snopes

 

oh yeah - how many of these e mails do we get in a day.........................

 

-Friends, from now on I shall not respond to any invitation to forward an email to a specified number of my friends. 

For those that I've passed along in the past, I am sorry.  Read below and you will understand why.

 

 

 

 

Advice from Snopes

 

Here is a nice little tidbit of information that came my way this morning.

So if any of you are wondering why I didn't return something to you that said something like 'if I don't get

this back I'll....or, 'See how many flowers you can get back', or ' Forward this to 10 people in

the next 5 mins. or something bad will happen to you',  etc.

 

The following is why I don't send them back.

 

This email is the exception that proves the rule!

 

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-Mail s, 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 (PLEASE) 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 of the person signing the petition.

 

Read the full story here:

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

Thanks Bob A.

 

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