PHISHERS OF THE WEB
Guess what? You've been duped if you've ever signed an e-mail petition (intended for Congress) to stop the war, illegal immigration or help a sick kid collect business cards. You've also helped dupe 10 of your closest friends if you forwarded it on to them.
It seems these e-mails are just another form of Web phishing for advertisers and other sinister characters such as Viagra pimps who want to hook you into their spam or link you to other spamming Web sites.
Remember this, e-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address.
On top of it, these insidious spammers and pop-up advertisers are loading up your computer with info-tracking cookies (that slow down your computer's performance) to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes. Sneaky you-know-whats!
Geez, you can't trust anyone these days.