|They Deserve A Break Today|
(2/6/2003) Another chain letter that promises you can make a difference with just a few clicks of the mouse. If it were only so easy to make a meaningful impact on poverty and hunger... Unfortunately, this one sets off a bevy of warning lights.
The Hunger Site and Second Harvest are both very real and active hunger-relief campaigns. With each click of a link on thehungersite.org, sponsors donate food to Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest. However, questions abound about the chain letter above:
No reputable charitable organization uses chain letters to leverage donations. The medium is just too unreliable. They certainly wouldn't make such donations contingent on you submitting other people's e-mail addresses - to do so violates privacy and is considered very bad business.
For years, BreakTheChain.org has warned that e-petitions and other chain letters could be used by unscrupulous folks to "farm" e-mail addresses that can later be used to send unsolicited e-mail or sold to spammers for their mailings. This one appears to be most blatant case of this practice I have seen to date. Break this chain!
Category: Armchair Activism