Chain Letters
Chain letters generally involve getting "luck" or money by sending out the letters and "bad luck" if you do not. They are easily recognizable as the same letters that 50 years ago traveled the paper mails and now have moved to the more modern medium of electronic mail. They claim all manner of warnings and dire notices of doom and gloom for your computer systems or for some poor soul somewhere, all of which will be saved if you just send this message on to all of your friends. Enter the world of the Internet chain letter. In the years before computers, chain letters were common and were sent by U.S. mail and required a stamp. This limited the extent to which chain letters were passed on, because sending them involved a real, up front cost in time to type the letters and money for stamps. The fact that most chain letters asked you to send a dollar to the top ten people in the chain caused most people to ignore them. 

Today, with the click of a button, a message can be forwarded to hundreds of people at no apparent cost to the sender. If each of the so-called good Samaritans sends the letter on to only ten other people (most send to huge mailing lists), the ninth resending results in a billion e-mail messages, thereby, clogging the network and interfering with the receiving of legitimate e-mail messages. Factor in the time lost reading and deleting all these messages and you see a real cost to organizations and individuals from these seemingly innocuous messages. 

Chain letters that ask you to send money are illegal under current Postal and Federal Trade Commission regulations. Even those that offer an inexpensive report or disk that people sell to you to get your money are also illegal pyramid schemes. See the US Postal Inspection Service information on chain letters, the presentation from Debra A. Valentine, General Counsel for the U. S. Federal Trade Commission "PYRAMID SCHEMES" and the FTC booklet FTC Consumer Alert! Profits in Pyramid Schemes? Don't Bank on It! . All of these pages make it quite clear that schemes that attempt to get around the law by offering something relatively worthless in exchange for your money are still illegal under the law. 

  • Hawaiian Good Luck Totem 
  • Everything You Never Wanted 
  • McDonalds vs. Taco Bell 
  • World Record Hoax 
  • Cool Video Hoax 
  • Tweety Bird Wish 
  • Mrs. Ary's 2nd Grade Class 
  • Helping Kids With School Project Chain 
  • Send a Report Pyramid 
  • Make Money Fast Pyramid 
  • Make A Loan Pyramid 
  • Old Lady With A Box Hoax 
  • Little Girl Song 
  • Candle Memorial Chain 
  • Tweedie Bird Chain 
  • Amy's Ghost Chain 
  • Hawaiian Good Luck Totem 

     
          
         Hawaiian GOOD LUCK TOTEM
         
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                           #        \  /\  /
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         This totem has been sent to you for good luck.  It has been sent 
         around the world ten times so far.
         
         You will receive good luck within four days of relaying this 
         totem.      
         Send copies to people you think need good luck.  >     
         Don't send money as fate has no price. Do not keep this message. 
         The totem must leave your hands in 96 hours.  
         
         Send ten copies and see what happens in four days. You will get a
         surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious.
         
         Good luck, but please remember: 10 copies of this message must 
         leave your hands in 96 hours... 
    
    
      
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    Everything You Never Wanted

    Everything you never wanted to know and were afraid to ask
    
    Here's what you're supposed to do. Copy this entire e-mail and change
     all of the answers so they apply to you.
     Then send it to everyone you know, INCLUDING me.
     So you should get back a lot of get-to-know-you e-mails.
     You'll learn a lot about your friends that you maybe didn't know.
     Please take 5 minutes of your day to do this.
    
    
    FULL NAME: 
    NICKNAME(s) :
    HOMETOWN: 
    BORN: 
    
    CURRENT RESIDENCE: 
    CROUTONS OR BACON BITS: 
    FAVORITE SALAD DRESSING: 
    DO YOU DRINK: 
    SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER OR JUST CONDITIONER:
    HAVE YOU EVER GONE SKINNY DIPPING:  
    DO YOU MAKE FUN OF PEOPLE: 
    FAVORITE COLORS: 
    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME: 
    BEST ON-LINE FRIENDS: 
    ONE PILLOW OR TWO: 
    PETS: 
    FAVORITE TYPES OF MUSIC:  
    DREAM CAR: 
    TYPE OF CAR YOU DRIVE NOW: 
    WHAT TYPE OF CAR WAS YOUR FIRST CAR: 
    TOOTHPASTE: 
    FAVORITE FOOD: 
    DO YOU GET ALONG WITH YOUR PARENTS: 
    FAVORITE TOWN TO CHILL IN: 
    FAVORITE ICE CREAM: 
    FAVORITE SOFT DRINK:  
    FAVORITE TYPE OF FAMILY GAME TO PLAY: 
    WHAT IS YOUR BAD TIME of DAY:  
    FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR: 
    ADIDAS, NIKE, OR REEBOK: 
    FAVORITE PERFUME OR COLOGNE: 
    FAVORITE WEBSITE:  
    FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: 
    FAVORITE MOVIE YOU HAVE SEEN RECENTLY OR FAVORITE TYPE OF MOVIE: 
    LEAST FAVORITE SUBJECT: 
    FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK : 
    FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH: 
    MOST HUMILIATING MOMENT: 
    CRAZIEST OR SILLIEST PERSON YOU KNOW:
    WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN THE OPPOSITE SEX: 
    SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU: 
    PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO, WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND:
      
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    McDonalds vs. Taco Bell

    February 2000 
      Send this to 6 people and you will
      see the taco bell dog run across
      your screen .  If you send this to 8
      people Ronald McDonald comes out and
      attacks the taco bell dog.
     
      It is really funny and it works!!
      You have to try it!!
      
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    World Record Hoax

    May 1999

    This one will put you in the Guinness Book Of World Records, but how does Guinness 
    know how many people have forwarded an e-mail? How would they know who it was 
    sent to so they could put the names in the book? Guinness also requires strict refereeing 
    to insure a record is not faked as this message is. 

      If we keep this going until September 9th, 1999
      (9-9-99), I PROMISE YOU that everyone's name who this 
      was sent to will be in the Guinness Book of Records.
      AND I HAVE PROOF! I e-mailed them and told them I would 
      start one and they said they'd save a spot for all of us 
      in the 2000 Special addition! So, if we keep this going...
      We'll all be a part of the book.....So
      please, have some heart and send this to a few people. 
      It would really be nice. You get something out of it too! 
      So, send this right now to everyone you know online!
     
            Thanks very much! 
      
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    Cool Video Hoax

    May 1999

    Here, you get a cool video by sending an e-mail message to 11 people. The only problem 
    is that there is no way for the e-mail system to do that. 

      OK here's the deal, this works. I don't know
      how...but it works, you have to send it(this) 
      to no less than 11 people. Some how, from the
      return path generated, you'll receive...something, 
      and it is funny!!!!
      This is the coolest thing I've ever gotten!
      All you have to do is send it to 11 people and this
      little video comes up on your screen and shows
      the funniest clip. i can't tell you what it is
      but i was laughing so hard! So spend a few seconds 
      to send this and you'll be glad you did! thanks!
      
    It is you they are laughing at if you believe this and pass it on. 
     
     

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    Tweety Bird Wish

    May 1999 
      Subject:  DO NOT DELETE!! THIS REALLY WORKS!!!!]
    
    
    
         I'm SO sorry about this, but I had to
        keep it  going. The last time sent
        this exact e-mail out, I got a new job
        and now I'm superstitious. Start thinking
        of something you really really want,
        cause this is astounding... the person
        that sent this to me said their wish
        came true 10 mins after they read
        the mail so I thought what the heck.
    
    
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         He will grant you one wish.
         Make your wish when the count down is over.
    
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                **** MAKE A WISH******
    
    
        Send this to 10 people within the hour
        you read this.  If you do, your wish
        will come  true.   If you don't it will
        become the opposite.
    
      
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    Mrs. Ary's 2nd Grade Class

    June 1999 

    As best we can tell, this is a real message. And, while it is a chain letter, it at least has a 
    time limit embedded in it to stop its spread after a certain date. Curiously, some people 
    were still spreading this letter after the date listed as the end date. 

      Hello!
      We are a 2nd grade class in Belmont, Michigan.  We are located just 
      north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We are a part of the Rockford 
      School District.
      We have decided to map an email project.  We are curious to 
      see where in the world our email will travel by Internet, between the
      period of May 17 - June 7, 1999.  We would like your help.  If you
      receive this message, we ask that you:
     
        1) email back and tell us your location so we can plot it on our map
        AND 2) send our class letter on to more people.
     
        Thank you for any help you can give. Our email address is: 
          Belmont2@i2k.com
      
                               Mrs. Ary's 2nd grade class
    
      
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    Helping Kids With School Project Chain

    April 2002 

    Here is another, similar message that spread widely. I spoke with Ms. Johannesen and 
    she said she was one of the people who forwarded it but somehow her name was left 
    on it. She also said she had gotten an e-mail from the Principal saying that they had 
    so many responses that they had to shut down the project in early April. I am sure 
    Ms. Johannesen would be very happy if people would stop calling. 

    Object: Helping Kids With School Project
    Hi:
    
    I am a science teacher at an elementary school in Los
    Angeles, California. A few of my sixth grade
    students are working on a project for our 2002 Science
    Fair to be held May 8-9, 2002. We are trying to see
    where, and how fast e-mail can travel in a period of
    six weeks.
    
    We are keeping track of how many e-mails we get back,
    and what cities, states, and countries they are coming
    from. We are hoping that you will be willing to help
    us with our project!
    
    There are only 2 simple steps that will help us to
    track this email:
    
    1. Please send an e-mail to the following address:
    science2002fair@yahoo.com In the subject of the
    e-mail please include your city, state, and country.
    You do not need to include your name. Please respond
    only one time.
    
    2. Please forward this e-mail to everyone on your
    mailing list. We will be keeping track of the number
    of responses, as well as the locations. Therefore,
    send them even to people in the same town. In our
    science project, we are trying to demonstrate how fast
    and how far information can travel on the Internet in
    a six week period.
    
    If you receive this e-mail after May 1, 2002, please
    disregard it, since the project will be over.
    
    Thank you VERY much for your help!
    Judy Johannesen
    940-xxx-xxxx (home)
      
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    Send a Report Pyramid

    June 2000 

    This particular pyramid scheme has been making the rounds of the Internet for many years. 
    It is a good example of an illegal pyramid scheme that is trying to get around the law by 
    "selling" you something for your money instead of simply telling you to send money to the 
    person at the top of the list. Even though an item changes hands, this is still an illegal 
    pyramid scheme. 
     

      Subject:  Invest $25 to get $500,000 in every 4 to 5 months!!
    
      Dear Friend:
    
      AS  SEEN ON  NATIONAL TV :
    
      ''Making  over half million dollars every 4  to 5 months from your
      home  for an  investment of only $25 U.S. Dollars  expense one time''
      THANX TO THE COMPUTER AGE AND THE INTERNET !
      ===============================================
    
      BE A MILLIONAIRE  LIKE OTHERS WITHIN A YEAR !!!
    
      Before you say ''Bull'' , please read the following. This is the
      letter  you have  been  hearing about on the news lately. Due to the
      popularity of this letter on the internet, a national  weekly news
      program recently devoted an entire show to the investigation of
    
      this program described below , to see if it really can make people
      money.
    
      The show also investigated whether or not the program was legal.
      Their findings proved once and for all that there are ''absolutely
      NO.  Laws prohibiting the participation in the program and if people
      can  follow the simple instructions, they are bound to make
      some mega bucks with only $25 out of pocket cost''.
    
      DUE TO THE RECENT INCREASE OF POPULARITY & RESPECT THIS 
      PROGRAM  HAS ATTAINED, IT IS CURRENTLY WORKING BETTER THAN EVER.
    
      This is what one had to say:
      '' Thanks  to  this  profitable opportunity. I was approached
      many times before but each time I passed on it. I am so glad
      I finally  joined just to see what one could expect in return
      for the minimal effort and money required. To my astonishment, I
      received total $ 610,470.00 in  21 weeks, with money still
      coming in''.
          Pam Hedland,  Fort Lee, New Jersey.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
      Here is another testimonial:
    
      '''This program has been around for a long time but I never
      believed in it. But one day when I received this again in
      the mail I decided to gamble my $25 on it. I followed the
      simple instructions and walaa ..... 3 weeks later the money
      started to come in. First month I only made $240.00 but
      the next 2 months after that I made a total of $290,000.00.
      So far, in the past 8 months by re-entering the program, I
      have made over $710,000.00 and I am playing it again.
      The key to success in this program is to follow the simple
      steps and NOT  change anything .''
      
      More testimonials later but first,
    
      ****** PRINT THIS NOW FOR YOUR FUTURE REFERENCE *******
    
      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
      If you would like to make at least $500,000 every  4 to 5 months
      easily and comfortably, please read the following...THEN READ
      IT AGAIN and AGAIN !!!
      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    
      FOLLOW THE SIMPLE INSTRUCTION BELOW AND YOUR
      FINANCIAL  DREAMS WILL COME TRUE, GUARANTEED !
    
      INSTRUCTIONS:
      **** Order all  5  reports  shown on the list below.
    
      **** For each report, send $5  CASH, THE NAME & NUMBER OF THE
           REPORT YOU ARE ORDERING and  YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS
           to the person whose name appears ON THAT LIST next to the report.
           MAKE SURE YOUR RETURN ADDRESS IS ON YOUR ENVELOPE
           TOP LEFT CORNER in case of any mail problems.
    
      **** When you place your order, make sure you order each of the 5 reports.
           You will need all 5 reports so that you can save them on your computer
           and resell them.  YOUR TOTAL COST $5  X 5 = $25.00.
    
      **** Within a few days you will receive, vie e-mail, each of the 5 reports
           from these 5 different individuals. Save them on your computer so
           they will be accessible for you to send to the 1,000's of people
           who will order them from you. Also make a floppy of these reports
           and keep it on your desk in case  something happen to your computer.
    
      **** IMPORTANT __  DO NOT alter the names of the people who are
           listed next to each report, or their sequence on the list, in
           any way other than what is instructed below in step '' 1 through 6 '' or
           you will loose out on majority of your profits. Once you understand
           the way this works, you will also see how it does not work if you change it.
           Remember, this  method has been tested, and if you alter, it
           will NOT work!!! People have tried to put their friends/relatives names
           on all five thinking they could get all the money. But it does not work
           this way. Believe us, we all have tried to be greedy and then nothing
           happened. So Do Not try to change anything other than what is
           instructed. Because if you do, it will not work for you.
           Remember,  honesty reaps the reward!!!
    
      1.... After you have ordered  all 5 reports, take this advertisement and
            REMOVE the name & address of the person in REPORT # 5. This
            person has made it through the cycle and is no doubt counting their
            fortune.
    
      2.... Move the name & address in REPORT # 4  down TO REPORT # 5.
    
      3.... Move the name & address in REPORT # 3 down TO REPORT # 4.
    
      4.... Move the name & address in REPORT # 2 down TO REPORT # 3.
    
      5.... Move the name & address in REPORT # 1 down TO REPORT # 2
    
      6.... Insert  YOUR name & address in the REPORT # 1 Position.
    
      PLEASE MAKE SURE you copy every name & address ACCURATELY !
      =========================================================
    
      **** Take this entire letter, with the modified list of names, and save
           it on your computer. DO NOT MAKE ANY OTHER CHANGES.
           Save this on a disk as well just in case if you loose any data.
    
      **** To assist you with marketing your business on the internet, the
           5 reports you purchase will provide you with invaluable marketing
           information which includes how to send bulk e-mails legally,
           where to find thousands of free classified ads and  much more.
    
           There are 2 Primary methods to  get this venture going:
    
           METHOD # 1 : BY SENDING BULK E-MAIL LEGALLY
           ============================================
           let's say that you decide to start small, just to see how it
           goes, and we will assume You and  those involved send out only 5,000
           e-mails each. Let's also assume that the mailing receive only a
           0.2% response (the response could be much better but lets just say it
           is only 0.2% . Also many people will send out hundreds of thousands
           e-mails instead of only 5,000 each).
    
           Continuing with this example, you send out only 5,000 e-mails.
           With  a 0.2%  response, that is only 10 orders for report # 1.
           Those 10  people responded by sending out 5,000 e-mail
           each for a total of 50,000. Out of those 50,000 e-mails only
           0.2% responded with orders. That's = 100 people responded
           and ordered Report # 2. Those 100 people mail out 5,000
           e-mails each for a total of 500,000 e-mails. The 0.2% response
           to that is 1000 orders for Report # 3.
           Those 1000 people send out 5,000 e-mails each for a total of
           5 million e-mails sent out. The 0.2% response to that is 10,000
           orders for Report # 4. Those 10,000 people send out 5,000
           e-mails each for a total of 50,000,000 (50 million)  e-mails. The
           0.2% response to that is 100,000 orders for Report # 5
    
             THAT'S 100,000 ORDERS TIMES $5 EACH = $500,000.00 (half million).
    
           Your total income in this example is:
           1..... $50         +
           2..... $500       +
           3..... $5,000    +
           4..... $50,000  +
           5..... $500,000  .........  Grand Total = $555,550.00
    
      NUMBERS DO NOT LIE. GET A PENCIL & PAPER AND FIGURE
      OUT THE WORST POSSIBLE RESPONSES AND NO MATTER
      HOW YOU CALCULATE IT, YOU WILL STILL MAKE A LOT OF
      MONEY !
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
     
      REMEMBER FRIEND, THIS IS ASSUMING ONLY 10 PEOPLE
      ORDERING OUT OF 5,000 YOU MAILED TO. Dare to think for
      a moment what would happen if everyone, or half or even one 4th
      of those  people mailed 100,000 e-mails each or more? There are
      over 150 million people on the internet worldwide and counting.
      Believe me, many people will do just that, and more!
    
      METHOD # 2 : BY PLACING FREE ADS ON THE INTERNET
      ===================================================
      Advertising on the net is very very inexpensive and there are
      hundreds of FREE places to advertise. Placing a lot of free ads
      on the internet will easily get a larger response. We strongly
      suggest you start with Method # 1 and add METHOD # 2 as you go along.
    
      For every $5 you receive, all you must do is e-mail them the Report
      they ordered. That's it . Always provide same day service on all
      orders. This will guarantee that the e-mail they send out, with your name and
      address on it, will be prompt because they can not advertise until
      they  receive the report.
      ________________  AVAILABLE REPORTS  ________________________
      ORDER EACH REPORT BY ITS NUMBER & NAME ONLY.
      Notes: Always send $5 cash (U.S. CURRENCY) for each Report.
      Checks NOT accepted. Make sure the cash is concealed by wrapping
      it in atleast 2 sheets of paper. On one of those sheets of paper,
      Write the NUMBER & the NAME of the Report you are ordering, YOUR E-MAIL
      ADDRESS and your name and postal address.
    
      PLACE  YOUR ORDER FOR THESE REPORTS NOW :
      ==============================================
    
      REPORT # 1 : ''The Insider's Guide to Advertising for Free on the Net''
            Order Report # 1 from:
            
            xxx yyyyy
            4009-62st.
            zzzzz,Alberta
            Canada T4V 2W9 
            __________________________________________________
    
      REPORT # 2 : ''The Insider's Guide to Sending Bulk e-mail on the Net''
                Order Report # 2  from :
    
             aaaaaa bbbbbb
             P.O. Box 123456
             Sarasota, FL. 34276
             U.S.A.
            __________________________________________________
    
      REPORT # 3 : ''The Secret to Multilevel marketing on the net''
               Order Report # 3  from:
    
             cccc dddd
             9999 Santa Monica Blvd;
             Beverly Hills, Ca 90212
             U.S.A.
    
             ___________________________________________________
    
      REPORT # 4 : ''How to become a millionaire utilizing MLM & the Net''
                Order Report # 4   from:
    
             ccccccc Marketing
             88888 , 22th Street 
             Warwick, N.D. 58381
             U.S.A
             
            ____________________________________________________
    
      REPORT # 5 : ''HOW TO SEND 1 MILLION E-MAILS FOR FREE''
              Order Report # 5   from:
    
             ZZZ Enterprises
             PO Box 1111
             xxx Lake, ND  58301-0421
             U.S.A.
             ___________________________________________________
    
      $$$$$$$$$ YOUR SUCCESS GUIDELINES $$$$$$$$$$$
    
      Follow these guidelines to guarantee your success:
    
      *** If you do not receive at least 10 orders for Report #1 within 2
          weeks, continue sending e-mails until you do.
    
      *** After you have received 10 orders, 2 to 3 weeks after that
          you should  receive 100 orders or more for REPORT # 2.
          If you did not, continue  advertising or sending e-mails until
          you do.
    
      *** Once you have received 100 or more orders for Report # 2,
          YOU CAN RELAX, because the system is already working for
          you , and the cash will continue to roll in !
    
          THIS IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER :  Every time your name is
          moved down on the list, you are placed in front of a Different
          report. You can KEEP TRACK  of your PROGRESS by watching which
          report people are ordering from you. IF YOU WANT TO GENERATE
          MORE INCOME SEND ANOTHER BATCH OF E-MAILS  AND
          START THE WHOLE PROCESS AGAIN. There is NO LIMIT to
          the income you can generate from this business !!!
      ______________________________________________________
    
      FOLLOWING IS A NOTE FROM THE ORIGINATOR OF THIS PROGRAM:
    
      "" You have just received information that can give you financial
      freedom for the rest of your life, with NO RISK  and  JUST A
      LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT. You can make more money in the
      next few weeks and months than you have ever imagined.
    
      Follow the program EXACTLY AS INSTRUCTED. Do Not change
      it in any way. It works exceedingly well as it is now.
      Remember to e-mail a copy of this exciting report after you have put your
      name and address in Report #1 and moved others to #2 ...........# 5
      as instructed above. One of the people you send this to may send
      out 100,000 or more e-mails and your name will be on everyone of
      them. Remember though, the more you send out the more potential
      customers you will reach.
    
      So my friend, I have given you the ideas, information, materials
      and opportunity to become financially independent. IT IS UP TO
      YOU NOW !
    
      ************** MORE  TESTIMONIALS  ****************
    
      '' My name is Mitchell. My wife , Jody and I live in Chicago.
      I am an accountant with a major  U.S. Corporation and I make
      pretty good money. When I received this program I grumbled
      to Jody about receiving ''junk mail''. I made fun of the
      whole thing, spouting my knowledge of the population and
      percentages involved. I ''knew'' it wouldn't work. Jody totally ignored
      my supposed intelligence and few days later she jumped in with
      both feet. I made merciless fun of her, and was ready to lay
      the old ''I told you so'' on her when the thing didn't work.
      Well, the laugh was on me! Within 3 weeks she had received
      50 responses. Within the next 45 days she had received total
      $ 147,200.00  ........... all cash!  I was shocked. I have
      joined Jody in her ''hobby''.
                     Mitchell  Wolf,  M.D. ,
                       Chicago, Illinois
    
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    
      '' Not being the gambling type, it took me several weeks to make
      up my mind to participate in this plan. But conservative that
      I am, I decided that the initial investment was so little that
      there was just no way that I wouldn't get enough orders to atleast get
      my  money back''.
      '' I was surprised when I found my medium size post office box
      crammed with orders. I made $319,210.00 in the first 12 weeks.
      The nice thing about this deal is that it does not matter
      where people live. There simply isn't a better investment with a
      faster return and so big''.
                        Dan Sondstrom, Alberta,
                                 Canada
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    
      '' I had  received this program before. I deleted  it, but later
      I wondered if I should have given it a try. Of course, I had no
      no idea who to contact to get another copy, so I had to wait
      until I was e-mailed again by someone else.........11 months
      passed then it luckily came again...... I did not delete this
      one! I made more than  $490,000 on my first try  and all the money
      came within  22 weeks''.
                                     Susan De Suza,
                                        New York, N.Y.
      ----------------------------------------------------
    
      '' It really is a great opportunity to make relatively easy
      money with little cost to you. I followed the simple
      instructions carefully and within 10 days the money started to come in.
      My first month I made $ 20, 560.00 and by the end of third
      month my total cash count was $ 362,840.00. Life is
      beautiful, Thanx to internet''.
                     Fred Dellaca, Westport,
                             New Zealand
    
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            ORDER YOUR REPORTS TODAY AND GET STARTED ON
            YOUR ROAD TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM !
    
    =======================================================
    
    If you have any questions of the legality of this program, contact the
    Office of Associate Director for Marketing Practices, Federal Trade
    Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Washington, D.C.
    
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    you by the sender of this e-mail may be stopped at no cost to you by
    sending a reply to :   Sophie530@email.com  with the word Remove in the
    subject line. This message is not intended for residents in the State of 
    Washington, screening of addresses has been done to the best of our 
    technical ability.
    
    
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    Make Money Fast Pyramid

    July 2000 

    This particular scheme attempts to make the pyramid scheme legal by claiming to be 
    selling a service. However, it is still an illegal pyramid scheme. 

    This pyramid has the distinction of being the target of the Make Money Fast Hoax Warning
    that claims it is a virus and will destroy your system.

    Hello! 
               I've got some awesome news that I think you need to take two
            minutes to read if you have ever thought "How could I make some
            serious cash in a hurry???" , or been in serious debt,  ready to do
            almost anything to get the money needed to pay off those bill
            collectors. So grab a snack, a warm cup of coffee, or a glass of your
            favorite beverage, get comfortable and listen to this interesting,
            exciting find!
               Let me start by saying that I FINALLY FOUND IT! That's right!.
            found it! And I HATE GET RICH QUICK SCHEMES!! I hate those schemes
            like multi-level marketing, mail-order schemes, envelope stuffing
            scams, 900 number scams... the list goes on forever. I have tried
            every darn get rich quick scheme out there over the past 12 years. I
            somehow got on mailing lists for people looking to make money (more
            like 'desperate stupid people who will try anything for money!').
               Well,  when I was a teenager,  these claims to 'get me rich quick'
            sounded irresistible! I would shell out $14.95 here, $29.95 there,
            $24.95 here, and another $49.95 there.  I had maxed out my new Circuit
            City Card AND my Visa...I was desperate for money!!  So, I gave them
    
            all a chance but failed at every one of them! Maybe they worked for
            some people, but not for me.  Eventually, I just tossed that JUNK MAIL
            in the trash when I got the mail.  I recognized it right away.  I
            can smell a money scam from a mile away these days,  SO I THOUGHT....
            I thought I could sniff out a scam easily.  WAS I WRONG!!  ....I LOVE
            THE INTERNET!!!
               I was scanning thru a NEWSGROUP and saw an article stating to
            GET CASH FAST!!  I thought..."Here on the Internet??  Well, I'll just
            have to see what schemes could possibly be on the internet." The
            article described a way to MAIL A ONE DOLLAR BILL TO ONLY FIVE PEOPLE
            AND MAKE $50, 0000 IN CASH WITHIN 4 WEEKS!  Well, the more I thought
            about it, the more I became very curious. Why? Because of the way it
            worked AND BECAUSE IT WOULD ONLY COST ME FIVE DOLLARS (AND FIVE
            STAMPS), THAT'S ALL I EVER PAY....EVER!!
               Ok, so the $50,000 in cash was maybe an tough amount to reach, but
            it was possible.  I knew that I could at least get a return of $1,000
            or so.  So I did it!! As per the instructions in the article, I mailed
            out ('snail mail'for you e-mail fanatics) a single dollar bill to each
            of the five people on the list that was contained in the article.  I
            included a small note, with the dollar, that stated "Please Add Me To
            Your List." I then removed the first position name of the five names
            listed and moved everyone up one position, and I put my name in
            position five of the list.  This is how the money starts rolling in!
            I then took this revised article now with my name on the list and
            REPOSTED IT ON AS MANY NEWSGROUPS AND LOCAL BULLETIN BOARD
            MESSAGE AREAS THAT I KNEW.  I then waited to watch the money come
            in...prepared to maybe receive about $1000 to $1500 in cash or so....
            But what a welcome surprise when those envelopes kept coming in!!!  I
            knew what they were as soon as I saw the return addresses from people
            all over the world-Most from the U.S., but some from Canada, even some
            from Australia!  I tell you, THAT WAS EXCITING!!  So how much did I
            get in total return?  $1000? $5000? Not even!!! I received a total of
            $23,343!!!  I couldn't believe it!!
                Let's review the reasons why you should do this:  The only cost
            factors are for the five stamps, the 5 envelopes and the 5 one dollar
            bills that you send out to the listed names by snail mail (US Postal
            Service Mail).  Then just simply repost the article (WITH YOUR NAME
            ADDED) to all the newsgroups and local BBS's you can.  Then sit back
            and, (ironically), enjoy walking (you can run if you like! :o  ) down
            your driveway to your mailbox and scoop up your rewards!! We all have
            five dollars to put into such an easy effortless investment with
            SPECTACULAR REALISTIC RETURNS OF $15,000 to $25,000 in about 3-5
            weeks! So HOLD OFF ON THOSE LOTTERY NUMBERS FOR TODAY,EAT AT HOME
            TONIGHT INSTEAD OF TAKEOUT FROM McDONALDS AND INVEST FIVE DOLLARS IN
            THIS AMAZING MONEY MAKING SYSTEM NOW!!! YOU CAN'T LOSE!!
               So how do you do it exactly, you ask? I have carefully provided
            the most detailed, yet straightforward instructions on how to easily
            get this underway and get your cash on its way. SO, ARE YOU READY TO
            MAKE SOME CASH!!!?? HERE WE GO!!!
    
            *** THE LIST OF NAMES IS AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE. ***
    
            OK, Read this carefully. Get a printout of this information, if you
            like, so you can easily refer to it as often as needed.
    
            INSTRUCTIONS:
    
            1. Take a sheet of paper and write on it the following:
            "Please add my name to your list". This creates a service out of this
            money making system and thus making it completely legal. You are not
            just randomly sending a dollar to someone, you are paying one dollar
            for a legitimate service. Make sure you include your name and
            address. I assure you that, again, this is completely legal! For a
            neat little twist, also write what slot their name was in: "You were
            in slot 3", Just to add a little fun! This is all about having fun
            and making money at the same time!
    
            2. Now fold this sheet of paper around a dollar bill ,(no checks or
            money orders), and put them into an envelope and send it on its way to
            the five people listed. The folding of the paper around the bill will
            insure its arrival to its recipient. THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT!!
    
            3. Now listen carefully, here's where you get YOUR MONEY COMING TO
            YOUR MAILBOX. Look at the list of five people; remove the first
            name from position one and move everyone on the list up slot one on
            the list. Position 2 name will now move to the position 1 slot ,
            position 3 will now become position 2, 4 will be be 3, 5 wil be 4.
            Now put your name, address, zipcode AND COUNTRY in position 5, the
            bottom position on the list.
    
            4. Now upload this updated file to as many newsgroups and local
            bulletin boards' message areas & file section as possible. Give a
            catchy description of the file so it gets noticed!! Such as:
            "NEED FAST CASH?, HERE IT IS!" or "NEED CASH TO PAY OFF
            YOUR DEBTS??", etc. And the more uploads, the more money you will
            make, and of course, the more money the others on the list will make
            too. LET'S ALL TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER BY BEING HONEST AND BY PUTTING
            FORTH 120 PERCENT INTO THIS PROFITABLE & AMAZING SYSTEM!!! You'll reap
            the benefits, believe me!!! Set a goal for the number of total uploads
            you'll post, such as 15-20 postings or more!  Always have a goal in
            mind!!! If you can UUE encode the file when uploading,  that will make
            it easier for the people to receive it and have it downloaded to their
            hard drive.  That way they get a copy of the article right on their
            computer without hassles of viewing and then saving the article from
            the File menu. Don't alter the file type, leave it as an MS-DOS Text
            file. The best test is to be able to view this file using Microsoft's
            Notepad for Windows 3.x or WordPad for Windows '95. If the margins
            look right without making the screen slide left or right when at the
            ends of the sentences, you're in business!
    
            5. If you need help uploading, simply ask the sysop of the BBS, or
            "POST" a message on a newsgroup asking how to post a file, tell them
            who your Internet provider is and PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE GLAD TO HELP.
            I would try to describe how to do it but there are simply too many
            internet software packages with slightly different yet relatively
            simple ways to post or upload a file.  Just ask for help or look in
            the help section for 'posting'. I do know that for GNN, you simply
            select 'POST' then enter a catchy description under the subject box,
            choose 'ATTACH', selecting 'UUE' and NOT 'TXT', then choose 'Browse'
            to go look for the file. Find your text file CASH.TXT and click on it
            and choose 'OK'. Place a one line statement in the main body section
            of the message post screen. Something like "Download this to read how
            to get cash arriving in your mailbox with no paybacks!" or whatever.
            Just make sure it represents its true feasibility, NOT something
            like..."Get one million dollars flooding in your mailbox in two days!"
    
            You'll never get ANY responses!
    
            6. And this is the step I like. JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY LIFE BECAUSE
            CASH IS ON ITS THE WAY!! Expect to see a little money start to
            trickle in around 2 weeks, but AT ABOUT WEEKS 3 & 4, THE MONEY STORM
            WILL HIT YOUR MAILBOX!! All you have to do is take it out of the
            mailbox and try not to scream too loud (outside anyway) when you
            realize YOU HIT THE BIG TIME AT LAST!!
    
            7. So go PAY OFF YOUR BILLS AND DEBTS and then get that something
            special you always wanted or buy that special person in your life (or
            the one you want in your life) a gift they'll never forget. ENJOY
            LIFE!
    
            8. Now when you get low on this money supply, simply re-activate
            this file again; Reposting it in the old places where you originally
            posted and possibly some new places you now know of. Don't ever lose
            this file, always keep a copy at your reach for when you ever need
            cash. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE TOOL THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-USE TIME AND
            TIME AGAIN WHEN CASH IS NEEDED!
    
            [ Name List Removed ]
    
            *** AGAIN, HONESTY IS THE BEST THING WE HAVE GOING FOR US ON THIS
            PLAN.
    
      
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    Make A Loan Pyramid

    July 2001 

    The pyramid guys finally figured that selling a book is still a pyramid scheme so here is a 
    new one where you loan money to each person on the pyramid. In addition, the promoter 
    of the pyramid takes a 1% cut for using his website. I expect the owner of the website is 
    going to get a visit from the Feds sometime soon. 

    This offer is sent to you because you sent me
    mail and you might like to try this, just like I did. 
    Sometimes the simple way works best. 
    
    RECEIVE more than $20,000,-- IN THE NEXT 8 DAYS! 
    .......OR WHATEVER! 
    Repeat this process every 10 days and you 
    will be earning $60,000,-- month after month!! 
    There is no High Yield Interest Program (HYIP) that 
    will give you this kind of profit in such a short time! 
          And all you risk is $8.08,--
    
    
    It takes only $8.08,-- and 2 days work to receive $22,220,-- 
    within 8 days. In these 2 days... can you find 10 
    people who need money so much, that they are willing
    to repeat this process to get their hands on $22,220,--
    in just 8 days? 
    
    To begin with, create your free e-gold account at 
     www.e-gold.com  !!!
    
    Next, you send 
    a $2.02 loan to the e-gold account in #1 position, 
    a $2.02 loan to the e-gold account in #2 position,
    a $2.02 loan to the e-gold account in #3 position and
    a $2.02 loan to the e-gold account in #4 position.
    
    E-gold charges a 1% fee which leaves $2 per deposit.
    
    As each new person sign up and send $2.02 to the #1 
    account, the revised letter moves your account one
    level higher. 
    When your account number reaches the top level, you
    will have $22,220 in your e-gold account. 
    
    1) E-gold: 334794
    2) E-gold: 330960
    3) E-gold: 334861
    4) E-gold  334864
    
    #1) 1000 x 10 = 10000 people x $2 = $20,000,--
    #2) 100 x 100 = 1000 people  x $2 = $ 2,000,--
    #3) 10 x 10 = 100 people     x $2 = $   200,--
    #4) 10 people                x $2 = $    20,--
     
    After sending $2.02 to the e-gold account in the 
    number 1 position, remove that number, move the
    other 3 numbers up and put your e-gold account
    number in the #4 position.
    
    Perfect performance by 10 people and a little luck
    brings more than $20,000 within 8 days.
    
    BE HONEST!! RESPECT YOUR KARMA AND YOU
    WILL HAVE MORE MONEY IN YOUR LIFE.
    !!LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE!!
      
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    Old Lady With A Box Hoax

    March 2001 

    Pushing the buttons does not do anything in this message as there is no code attached to 
    the message. You could create a web page that displays a dialog box when you click a 
    button but this message does not have it. Also, there is no way for the message to know if 
    you have forwarded this message to anyone so there is no way for it to wait for you to send 
    out 10 e-mails before displaying the answer to the riddle. 

    Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 4:14 PM
    Subject: Do This! Its hysterical!!
    
    
    An old lady walked into a Grocery Store.  She wanted to buy the best dog
    food in the world for her little puppy.  She went up to the cash register
    to buy the food.  The sales-lady told her that the store did not allow old
    ladies to buy animal food unless they show the actual animal because a lot
    of old ladies like to eat the animal food themselves. So the old lady went
    home, got her dog and went back to the store to buy her dog food.
    The next day she came back to buy the best cat food around. But the
    Saleslady told her the same thing, so the old lady went back home and
    brought her cat to the Grocery Store to buy the cat food. The next day the 
    old lady went to the Grocery Store again carrying a big container. She went 
    up to the sales lady and said, "Put your hand inside here". The Saleslady 
    shook her head.  "NO", she said, "there is probably something in there 
    that will bite me!". "I promise you that there is nothing in here that
    will bite you.", the old lady said. So the Saleslady stuck her hand inside 
    the container and screamed.
    ___
    
    To find out what was inside the container you must send this to at least
    10 people, when it says, your mail has been sent...instead of clicking OK,
    hit ALT-8 and the container will pop up on your screen.
    
      
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    Little Girl Song

    August 2001 

    Most chain letters use a threat of some sort (bad luck, etc.) to get you to pass on the chain. 
    Some of the newer chains threaten the Wrath of the Almighty to get you to pass it on. This 
    particular chain has the distinction of being the basis of a popular, country western song by 
    John Michael Montgomery. 

    Note:  This is a true article
    that was printed in a southern
    newspaper less than a year ago.
    
    TAKE A DEEP BREATH BEFORE READING THIS.
    
    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
    
      There was an atheist couple
    who had a child.  The couple 
    never told their daughter 
    anything about the Lord.
    
      One night when the little 
    girl was 5 years old, the 
    parents fought with each other 
    and the dad shot the Mom, right 
    in front of the child. Then, 
    the dad shot himself.  The 
    little girl watched it all. 
    She then was sent to a foster 
    home.
    
      The foster mother was a
    Christian and took the child
    to church. On the first day 
    of Sunday School, the foster 
    mother told the teacher that 
    the girl had never heard of 
    Jesus, and to have patience 
    with her.
    
      The teacher held up a
    picture of Jesus and said,
    "Does anyone know who this 
    is?" The little girl said, 
    "I do, that's the man who 
    was holding me the night my
    parents died."
      
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    Candle Memorial Chain

    September 2001 

    This Chain letter started circulating in various forms a week after the events of September 11. 
    Note that it does not list a date, only a time so there is no way for you to know what day you 
    are supposed to go outside. It might be an interesting experiment to see how much of an 
    increase in background light would occur if everyone was holding a candle I doubt it would 
    be much though. You are welcome to hold up a candle but don't expect to get your picture taken. 

    This one started with a request from the writer that everyone step out and light a candle. 

     Friday Night at 7:00 p.m. EST step out your door, stop your car, or 
     step out of  your establishment and light a candle.   We will show the world 
     that  Americans are strong and united together against terrorism.  Please 
     pass  this to  everyone on your e-mail list.  We need to reach everyone 
     across the United  States quickly. 
    It then changed to say that the US was making the request. 
    Pretty impressive and another statement to be made if everyone participates.....
    10:30 EASTERN TIME.... 9:30 Central, 8:30 Mountain, 7:30 Pacific
    
    The U.S. has asked that everyone step out on their lawns tonight at 10:30
    and light a candle. They will be taking a satellite picture of the U.S.
    and posting it on the news tomorrow morning.
    
    Please pass this on to as many people as possible.
    And finally it changed to say that NASA was making the request and was going to take a picture. 
    -Subject: Candle Memorial Tonight 
     A formal request from NASA: 
     
    10:30 EASTERN TIME.... 9:30 Central, 8:30 Mountain, 7:30 Pacific 
     
    NASA has asked that everyone step out on their lawns 
    tonight at 10:30 and light a candle.   They will be taking
    a satellite picture of the US and posting it on the news tomorrow
    morning. 
    
    Please pass this on to as many people as possible. 
     
    Thank you. 
     
      
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    Tweedie Bird Chain

    Febuary 2002 

    This chain comes with an embedded java script that makes the pictures of Tweety 
    (misspelled Tweedie) bounce around the screen. No matter how many people you 
    send this to, you will never see Ronald.

    I THOUGHT I SAW A TWEEDIE BIRD....NO TACOS.....NO RONALDS.....  
      
     -----
    Send this to 6 people and you will see the 
    Taco Bell dog run across your screen .  If you send this to 8 
    people Ronald Mcdonald comes out and 
    attacks the taco bell dog.  it is really funny 
    and it works!! you have to try it .  
    
    
     
    
    
    
     
    
      
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    Amy's Ghost Chain

    January 2003

    This is a standard chain with a threat. Send it out or you die. I think Amy's Ghost needs to be buried so send it to the trash.

        Subject: Oh my goodness!!!!!
    Dear Friends:
                 A few years ago at a high school in Nevada Something really sad 
    happened.  There was this girl named Amy who loved this guy named Brian. They 
    were both popular and they were going out.  There was this other girl, 
    Jessica. She Hated Amy and she also really liked Brian and Brian liked 
    Jessica.  One day, when Brian and Amy were going out Jessica asked Brian out 
    to the movies behind Amy's back. However, Amy heard about it and followed 
    them.  In the theaters and Brian weren't watching the moving, they were just 
    "making out."  Jesse asked Brian to go to her house about half way through 
    the movie so that they could be alone.  Amy followed them to Jesse's house 
    and watched them "fool around." The next day, Amy didn't come to school and 
    she didn't come to school the day after that. After about a week, Amy's Mom 
    was looking around Amy's room and found, in the closet the dead body of Amy 
    and next to it was a suicide not that said:
           Dear Brian:
              I killed myself because of you.  I want you to tell everyone you 
    can about what you did to me or I will kill you and anyom=ne who stands in my 
    way of telling everyone about Jessica!
                                   I love you,
                                            Amanda 
    
      Now you have to send this to at least 15 people or the vengeful ghost of 
    Amy will kill YOU! Amy has to tell everyone about what Jessica did! This is 
    serious! One girl, a friend of mine deleted this because she thought it was 
    junkman. The next day, her mother found her dead in her bed and the autopsy 
    revealed no possible explanation for her death.  You have 24 Hours to send 
    this out 
      



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