Recently, Trudy and I received this post from a marketing guru, Ed Coumou of CPF Marketing
"Many of you are probably very knowledgeable about this, but what we do in e-mails
affects not only us, but those we're messaging. So perhaps this bears repeating just
to make sure we are all on the same page.
Many of us are familiar with www.snopes.com
determining whether information received via e-mail is just that: true/false or
fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. I received the advice below from one of my
Mass mailing should always be done to Bcc: where the
names and e-mail addresses are hidden from prying eyes!
Advice from Snopes.com MEMORIZE THIS!
1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this 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-Mail 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 t he 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
You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending
this information to them; you will be providing a service, and will be
rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future! Your safest bet
is to copy and paste this information into your email – don’t just forward it.
If you have been opening and sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail,
you now know why you get so much SPAM!
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! 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
Please do NOT send me these types of emails. Do yourself (and others) a favor
by not adding your name to those types of listings regardless how inviting
they might sound! And please don't be offended because this was sent to you.
We can never have too many reminders. Just stop forwarding those “interesting”
And “inviting” emails you think your friends would get a kick out of.
As a matter of fact, how do you know this email doesn’t record names and tracking cookies?
Get the point?"