Friday's Urban Legend: False
Have you ever received an email messgage like this?
Snopes WarningAccording to snopes.com they have never warned against "tracking programs" embedded in email messages [False Advice]. It may be good advice to not spam your friends but nothing in this email message is directly from the snopes.com website and nobody at snopes.com have authorized it.
Pass this one on to all your e-mail buddies and take the time to read the Snopes.com article listed below. It is full of good advice especially about the "cookies."
To whom it may concern:
Just a word to the wise. E-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable petitions must have a signed signature and full address.
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 this type of
Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or whatever, it has either an
e- mailtracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e mailsof those folks you forward to, or the host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of "active" e mailsto use in spam e-mails,or sell to others that do.
Please forward this notice to others and you will be providing a good service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting 30,000 spam
e-mailsin the future.
(If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much spam!)
If there was such a thing as an embedded email tracking program then passing on this message would be an excellent way to spread it!