Myth Blaster: Email Petitions: Are They Legitimate?


Sandy Greenwood via Judy Fisher (and who knows who else), passed this on to me concerning email petitions and general chain email …

If you are going to pass something along?, Let it be THIS!
To whom it all concerns: 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. Same with “prayer chains” — be wary.
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 e-mail is, is to get names and “cookie” tracking info for telemarketers and spammers to validate active e-ma i l accounts for their own purposes.
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 what ever, it has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of 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-mails to 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-mails in the future.
(If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much spam!)


Myth Blaster Verdict: TRUE. The subject material is true and has been printed here at LP Journal previously in several discussions. However, at the bottom of the email was a link which goes nowhere. After investigation, it turns out that Snopes did publish something, one of which is a reference page called Inboxer Rebellion
reference pages”. Why Snopes set it up this way I haven’t a clue. It reads:

The age-old process of collecting signatures on paper petitions is being replaced by the cyber-petition, a device that allows notices addressing social injustices to be read and signed by netizens all over the world in a matter of days. Unfortunately, these petitions often contain misinformation or remain in circulation long after they are outdated, and the mere collection of e-signatures is of dubious value.

Consulting and researching, I have found that email petitions are not recognized by Congress; therefore a waste of time. The only petitions that are favorable are those that include the signature and the address of the person signing the petition – a form of verification.
In the Snopes official main site, it reads …

The 2000s have seen the birth of an Internet phenomenon: the e-petition. It offers instant comfort to those outraged by the latest ills of the world through its implicit assurance that affixing their names to a statement decrying a situation and demanding change will make a difference … Those truly committed to righting the wrongs of the world are encouraged to take pen in hand and craft actual letters to their congressmen or to whomever they deem are the appropriate people to contact about particular issues. …

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