One of my Pet-Pieves!

Webicon Email Chain Letters.

I don’t know of too many things that just get me all riled up, but this is one. My least favorite is when it is some petition from Dr. Dobson that needs to be sent to the white house by email. We (I’m talking to Christians here) make ourselves look so stupid with this crap. If you took 2 minutes and just googled the heading of your email, you could find from multiple scam reporting sites that these things aren’t true. For one, how is a petition that needs to be counted supposed to work if it is forwarded to tons and tons of people. The names are just going to duplicate everytime the message gets forwarded. Plus, try typing in the website that would correspond to the email address. If it is comments@whitehouse.com, try typing in www.whitehouse.com You will see that this isn’t even a real government site.

Let me say now, that I have been guilty of this in the past because I genuinely care about the "issues" that a lot of these letters deal with, but my buddy Los, corrected me on one years ago and now I research all this stuff for myself too. Here’s the one my wife got (and forwarded to me to check if it’s real) yesterday.

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 EVERY BODY.. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I’m an attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest assured AOL and &nbs p; 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.

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 

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 afford 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 hel p 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".

Here’s the first hit on my google search: About.Com Check out the link. It will tell you when the first email originated (this one in 1999) and this one even had statements from both Microsoft and Bill Gates.

Official statement from Microsoft:

REDMOND, Wash., May 12, 1999 – Recently an email has been circulating on the Internet about a new "email tracking system" from Microsoft.

As you may have suspected, this is a hoax and did not originate from Microsoft.

Microsoft does try to investigate the source of these hoaxes and take appropriate action. However, many times the hoaxers take elaborate steps to shield their true identities and we cannot identify them. Privacy and security are very important to us here at Microsoft, and we work every day to build great software for the Internet that keeps information safe, secure and private.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Official statement from Bill Gates:

Even more annoying than spam, in some respects, are hoaxes. I’m acutely aware of this because my name was recently attached to a hoax email message that was widely distributed.

People embellished the fraudulent email over time, as it was forwarded from electronic mailbox to electronic mailbox, but an early version read this way:

"My name is Bill Gates. I have just written up an e-mail tracing program that traces everyone to whom this message is forwarded to. I am experimenting with this and I need your help. Forward this to everyone you know and if it reaches 1000 people everyone on the list will receive $1000 at my expense. Enjoy. Your friend, Bill Gates."

The bogus message was widely forwarded, which surely led to some disappointment from people who hoped to receive $1,000 for passing along what was essentially a chain letter.

So, there you have it. It was a long post, but hopefully helpful. Let’s not make ourselves look so stupid by getting caught up in some craze that doesn’t even exist. If you want your voice to be heard, vote and write to your congressman. I have to bite my tongue everytime I get one of these letters because it gets my blood flowing, so just know, if you send me some kind of chain letter, I’m not forwarding it and it will be hitting my "junk mail" faster than it took you to hit Forward.

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2 comments

  1. Yay for you! My mom sends these to me all the time. I am not joking. I don’t even open e-mails if they have any sort of a forward on them. Daniel “healed” me of that. So brovo for posting that. You rock.

  2. bri, for real. i hate these. Here is one that i do love though.
    Warning- Scam
    Please forward this to all the women in your life.
    Keep them safe.
    This is very disturbing, please forward to warn
    others…I don’t usually forward these, but this
    warning came to me today from a very reliable source
    and I feel compelled to warn people.
    **************** WARNING *****************
    If a man comes to your front door and says he is
    conducting a survey and asks you to show him your
    boobs, DO NOT show him your boobs.
    This is a scam. He is only trying to see your boobs.
    He He

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