Be Careful What Email Surveys You Answer

In a recent article I noted that I have received hundreds of requests for donations in the last several weeks now that the election season is upon us.

In wondering why I had become “so popular,” being addressed by name as though the person contacting me was a friend, I realized that I had participated in a number of “surveys” recently — most of them political in nature.

I may not be the smartest kid in the playground, but it occurred to me that I had provided more contact information than I should have and the emails I was receiving were the direct result.

It’s a “shell game” being played by political professionals and we (including me) are the suckers who are innocently providing information because we think that “survey” is important or of  interest to us. And if you don’t provide the information that is requested, the “survey” shuts down.

Keep in mind that the information you provide is now accessible to a whole range of people who don’t view you as a human being, but as a source of data or money that they can use or sell to others for whatever purpose suits them.  When you think about it, it’s not very different than what happened with the data collected by Facebook that was used to affect the 2016 presidential election.

As one adult to another, I am not going to tell you what to do when you get an email survey asking for information. But don’t say you haven’t been warned!