This came to me today from a friend in our group – I have doctored it a little so that it applies to Australia and to England as well :-

Quote:-

“Here is something everyone should read and act accordingly. If you don’t, you’re  hurting yourself and your email mates.  Please read right to the bottom.

By now, I  suspect everyone is familiar with www.snopes.com (Rumour busting site hosted in US) and/or  www.truthorfiction.com for determining  whether information  received via email is just that: true/false  or fact/fiction.  or Urban myth Both are excellent sites.

 Advice from Snopes.com Very  important!  

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says  forward this on to ’10’ (or however many) of your friends, sign  this petition, or you’ll get bad luck, good luck, you’ll see  something funny on your screen after you send it, 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.  Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on  if you’re not ashamed of God/Jesus ….that’s  E-mail tracking and they’re playing on our conscience.  These people don’t care how they get your email addresses  – just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk  about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease  –  “how would you feel if that was your child”….E-mail Tracking!!!  

Ignore them and  don’t participate!

 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!…or make you feel guilty if you don’t!…it’s all about getting email addresses  – nothing more!  You may think you are  supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT!  Instead, you will be  getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus  attached!  Plus, you are helping the spammers get rich!  Let’s not make it easy for them!  

Also: E-Mail petitions are  NOT acceptable to White House, Congress (this applies only in the USA – No 10 Downing Street, London and Parliament House, Canberra DO accept electronic petitions – but they have to be set up correctly)  or any other  organization – i.e. social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the  person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and  you’re just helping the Email  trackers.  

AND MOST IMPORTANT:… don’t forget… delete other people’s e-mail addresses on your e-mails and when forwarding/sending useBCC.” – un-quote.

So there you have it folks – all those help this and save that emails that you are total junk!

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