Advice from Snopes

 

 Advice From Snopes

By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with www.snopes.com and/or www.truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via email is just that:  true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. Below is their advice for us.
 
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 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, 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 stop making 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.

Have a great day everyone!

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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 12:42:23

    OH MY GOSH Rhonda!! THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!! ::sighning in relief:: I hate these forwarded emails!

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  2. Touch
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 12:50:51

    Amen, Rhonda! I rarely forward anything and when I do it\’s something I feel important enough to pass the information, which I always verify with at least 2 sources, on to others or so funny it made me blow coffee out my nose. These chain letters and "good luck" messages are nothing more than a waste of time and bandwidth. The web would be a lot faster for all of us if these things and spam weren\’t clogging up the network.

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  3. Sherry
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 12:55:23

    Thanks Rhonda. I knew this but I\’m sure there are a lot more who doesn\’t.Have a good dear.HugsSherry

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  4. Here I Am
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 13:26:29

    I so wish everyone would get this. Thanks for sharing it to everyone else. Hugs Carrie

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  5. Beth
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 13:41:55

    Great info. Thanks!

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  6. ǂ˚̴̃◦◦ÇÄTGËL åkã SK¥Å◦ᶽ˚̴̃ǂ
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 13:44:16

    Brilliant Rhonda ! to tell you the truth ive always ignored them i cant be bothered with them i think a certain kind of person does these its like peeps who are addicted to games on facebook and do crosswords some peeps are they way minded its great im just saying i think my brain works different each to their own everyones different !! I thought it was just me rhonda also i did a blog on the Bcc and Scc i think its called that or Bsc (I should of checked!) you can click it and it hides all your friends emails addys i didnt know that either it was only my poor hard worked friend MVP winston bless hes cotton socks that pointed it out to me that when i moved from me old space and told everyone i also gave everyone me new email addy …….duh …..dont laugh a serious blond moment that was hehehe have a lovely weekend & im busy stocking up the bear piccys !

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  7. Captain
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 13:48:52

    Oh good! I was getting a little sick of being someone elses spokes-person anyway… Now I can give all my friends a reason not to do it without looking like an uncaring slob. Thanks Rhonda! As usual, you\’re a honey! KissesQ: xxx

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  8. ♬ŠŨŇ
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 14:38:07

    Rhonda, call me a dumpling or what. I never knew any of this. I am not an old hat at the computor stuff but I will not be doing that, anymore. Thanks a million Rhonda. Have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs Xx

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  9. MarieDeGe
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 15:10:30

    Good Info. Thanks for sharing it. I use snopes as well for verification of e-mail content as well.Have agood weekend!

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  10. Carol
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 16:32:58

    thanks for the info Rhonda, have a lovely weekend….:)

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  11. Sue
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 19:04:50

    Thanks for this RhondaHave a good weekend Take careSue

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  12. ☆° Lady Jude
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 22:39:53

    I must admit I delete them as well, well most of them, some look genuine when they have save the seals etc. Hugs Jewelie

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  13. Jodine Derena
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 22:44:17

    Great blog and advice. I try not to forward…but I have a couple of times (OOps!) but havn\’t we all? I won\’t be from now on. Jx

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  14. Angel eyes
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 00:03:27

    thanks so much for this Rhonda hope you are well angel eyes

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  15. Happy
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 00:10:50

    I did not know about #1. I just set email blocker to HIGH and do not open forwards. Was warned there is always too much risk. Thanks so for info.

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  16. freckles
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 17:17:01

    THANK YOU that is so welcome – can i copy this ? to post it and to send it to people who email me please?

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  17. Jun 27, 2009 @ 17:30:34

    I don\’t have any trouble with spam at all but thanks for the info. I\’ve never found snopes reliable EVER. According to snopes missing Madeline McCann is a hoax. I think it\’s just a case of BEWARE when you get emails. The best thing to do when you email is use the BCC so you aren\’t forwarding other people email address… and delete other people\’s emails after you press fwd, that stops all spam.

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  18. Cynical
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 18:29:07

    Thank you, Rhonda. Now anyone who reads this and wonders why I didn\’t respond to that FWD: knows. I even virus scan a forward from a family member before opening it. There\’s another trick that\’s becoming common. A "friend" from your mailing list invites you to join some group like Plaxo that you\’ve never heard of but you don\’t want to offend them. I fell for that one and it sucked the contact list of one of my email accounts dry. "Be careful out there."Peace, Doc

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  19. freckles
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 05:03:19

    oh ok gods girl – thanks – i will start to bcc then ! ( panic over)never heard of snopes- and now they said that well i won\’t be visiting them !! have a good sunday everyone~x~

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  20. Princess
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 05:18:41

    Yo Rhonda, I get loads of forwards, I never open them 4 that reason & I never send forwards on. I did a blog asking peops not 2 send me forwards & I still kept getting them..the peops sending them weren\’t even reading my blogs! Hope u have a lovely day 2day! Luv PF XXX

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  21. account closed
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 05:57:22

    Thanks for this post Rhonda, I dont often forward any of these emails I get as it seems to me that there is some tracking going on here ! and I dont like forwarding friends email addresses as they may want it kept private! there are too many of these "chain" mails going around at the moment, I usualy just delete them. have a good sunday hugs xxx

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  22. Brett
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 06:26:27

    Requests from Brother Piggy requesting funds for his ministry,are legitimate.Please be kind and react to it with much generosity.Peace.Brother Piggy.

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  23. Curtis
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 08:29:35

    Very informative Rhonda. Thank you. Thanks for all your pics and wonderful comments in my guestbook. Hope you have a great day. May God bless

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  24. Tatyana
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 02:27:46

    not getting much of this yet but better be warned than sinking:) thanks a lot!

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