URGENT: EMAILING DOs & DONTs

By
Commercial Real Estate Agent with Lemor Realty Corp/ Genesis Consulting 10401204753

The man that sent this information is a computer tech.  He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed.  All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph.

Please read:

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. 

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! 

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, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress 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

 

I've found it best to Copy&Paste the information and insert it in a New mail before forwarding/ sending it to my contacts. That way it remains in a safe environment with less risk of virus spreading & hacking attempts.

Just MondayAM 3/8/10, my yahoo account had been hacked from just responding to an inquiry on one of my real estate sites where I generate leads & grow my network. I was doing my job and responded directly to a potential customer regarding bank owned property. I got a little feeling not to send my response directly after responding through the site first, but I did being it was Sunday evening. They sent out distress emails to my old friend contacts and the RE business people I'd been corresponding with now through yahoo. My girlfriend woke me up telling me to check my account because she'd received this. The account was locked immediately, Thank God, because the confirmation of the hacker's change came to my gmail where I confirmed it was not me. I'm a little inconvenienced for 24hours or so. My main concern was protecting the people I converse with.  Just doing what I do on a legitimate site, whether it's looking up property for customers, or self- Craigslist, etc, we must be very cognizant of how we communicate with one another- ESPECIALLY TODAY.

We have many modern conveniences with Predators who utilize the same.

Have a Blessed Day!

Comments (4)

Terri Adams-Scott
J. Rockcliff, REALTORS - Walnut Creek, CA
Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate

Great information and thanks for the post!  I will share it with my family and friends!

Mar 09, 2010 01:01 AM
Ginny Theriot
Keller Williams Real Estate - Cypress, TX

Thanks for the great reminders.

www.GinnyTheRealtor.com

Mar 09, 2010 01:02 AM
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Monica - Fantastic post about "those" emails.  And I know lots of folks that just blindly send everything out not knowing that spammers are collecting the email addresses. 

Mar 09, 2010 01:30 AM
Monica K. Pindle
Lemor Realty Corp/ Genesis Consulting - New York, NY

Thank you very much. Please spread the word!!!!

Mar 14, 2010 10:42 AM