Don't thank me for making you rich. OK, go ahead and thank me.

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Anyone remember the rotten old days of chain letters, when you'd have to copy them by hand and send them by post? (Back then, kiddies, candy bars cost five cents and oral gratification was something you had to pay for in Tijuana and Bangkok.)


Yet there's bountiful pleasure (if not oral pleasure) to be found in these modern days of email mischief, myths, and scams. I dare say that our children will one day remember the Nigerian Era as a golden age of flim flammery.

To wit, a friend in Atlanta forwards me the following:

Read carefully,

THIS TOOK TWO PAGES OF THE TUESDAY USA TODAY - IT IS FOR REAL

To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages, but this is from my friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is an attorney.

If she says that this will work, it will work. After all, what have you got to lose?

SORRY EVERYBODY. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I'm an attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest assured AOL and Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar to the one filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ago.

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Dear Friends; Please do not take this for a junk letter.

Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, You will repent later.

Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (If you are a Microsoft Windows user) For a two weeks time period.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.

Regards. Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations
1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085 or RNX 292-1085
[mailto:Charles_Bailey@csx.com]Charles_Bailey@csx.com

I thought this was a scam myself, But two weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address and within days, I received a check for $24,800.00. You need to respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can affoard this, Bill Gates is the man.

It's all marketing expense to him. Please forward this to as many people as possible. You are bound to get at least $10,000.00.

We're not going to help them out with their e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time. My brother's girlfriend got in on this a few months ago. When i went to visit him for the Baylor/UT game. She showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped "Paid in full"


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